Thursday, September 21, 2017

Salming Ambassador Marcus Aronsson

Marcus is a Swedish triathlete who has been with Salming since the very first start. I actually see a lot of similarities  between myself and Marcus. We both are trying to find the balance between  family with kids (running and cycling with strollers), training and work. We both trying our best to promote Salming as grassroot ambassadors and been with the company from the early years. Marcus are as well the founder of the Salming World Ambassador Group on Facebook. Marcus is a true #nononsense athlete who always gives everything, as an ambassador and as a triathlete. Pictures of him tells it all! Marcus is also a good friend that I always enjoy to chat with.

How and when did you start running and triathlon?
I started playing soccer as a young boy so I guess I've always been running. Even though I hated the running exercises, I wanted to run after a ball. When I was about 25 years old I started my career as a firefighter and it was impossible to combine recreational soccer and working on weekends. I met a colleague who was doing triathlons and he inspired me to try a sprint. After that I was stuck.

What's your favourite distance and race and why?
My favorite running distance is half marathon simply because I love the Göteborgsvarvet and I can keep a pretty high intensity without being destroyed a week afterwards.

My favorite triathlon distance is the full ironman. Just because the challenge of keeping on going for 10 hours and doing it at a pace without burning all my energy half ways. Ironman Kalmar is one of the worlds best ironman races and we are lucky to have it in Sweden. I'm racing in Kalmar again in 2018. 

How many miles per week do you usually do?
Since the twins were born it has been harder to get time for training so I focus on intervals. I've stoped counting km and try to focus the goal I put up for each workout. I try to do one bike and one running interval per week. And hopefully about 2hrs of running or biking and some swimming.

Where do you typically run/bike/swim, track, roads or trail?
I run on asphalt only. We have excellent bike roads which I run and bike on. Bike intervals only on trainer or Watt bike and running intervals on treadmill.

How is triathlon training different from regular running, how does training difference?
Well, it's easier to do double intervals on the same day. At work I often do 3x8 min on the wattbike at 12 o'clock and at evening break at 17 I run 4x4 min on the treadmill. Morning swim the day after in distance pace is no problem. The biggest difference for training for an ironman is perhaps that I've started to train in august 2017 for a race in august 2018.

What's your favorite workout?
Morning run with the twins in the running stroller. 25k in a summer morning, that's hard to beat.

Where do you typically run/bike/swim, track, roads or trail? 
I run on asphalt only. We have excellent bike roads which I run and bike on. Bike intervals only on trainer or Watt-bike and running intervals on treadmill. During the winter I swim indoors but when the temperature allows we have a small pond where one lap is about 250m. I swim there as often as I can.
How do you plan your training? Coach, book plan or self coached?
Self coached, but I've read a lot and talked to different coaches. Simon Gustavsson on Umara Sports have helped me a lot.

How would you describe yourself as a athlete? 
I love training, I love high intensity training. 4x4 min with 90-95 percent of max pulse I just love the feeling when it's over and I reached my goal.
I'm an all in athlete, when I do something it's never almost. I push myself and go all the way to the extreme. That's me.... all in. 
  "I push myself and go all the
    way to the extreme. That's me.... all in."

Your family just welcomed baby twins to the family, how do you balance your training with family life?
The family is of course the most important. But sometimes you have to have a break and go running for an hour or two to stay a good parent. At least I do. I try to train early mornings, evenings and at work. But if I could choose I'd train after breakfast.

Goal race for the fall? And what's your goal for that race?
I have no races planed this fall. My focus has started towards Ironman Kalmar in august 2018. 

When did you first hear about Salming and Salming Running?
I found them on twitter in 2013 and thought it sounded interesting with a Swedish shoe brand. Me an another soon to be an ambassador, Kalle Wickstr√∂m started to talk with them and asking about the products we also tried to help them with getting some followers. This, among other things, resulted in a ambassadorship for both of us. 
 "it sounded interesting with 
   a Swedish shoe brand"

How long have you been an ambassador? 
2013 I think.

The Swedish ambassador group seems to have lot of group activities together, can you tell us about it?
We meet at some races around in Sweden, we always try to meet up when race the same races. We have a Swedish team Salming Facebook group were we post when we are raceing.
We also have the TSTMI, Team Salming Track Meet Invitational, once a year. all Salming ambassadors and other partners are invited to a conference. The conference is about what products to come and some info about what's going on in the company, there's always some sort of race. 3k race or like this year a mountain race, triathlon sprint and an Olympic triathlon. I raced all of them. And then it's food and we just hang out. I love it. The members of the team have become really good friends and I really like to hang out with them. 

What's your favourite Salming shoe and equipment? 
I can't really pick. I love the Race in intervals and short races. But I also love to run in Speed when doing a IM marathon.

When I run with the stroller, 25k and above enRoute is perfect.

What does #nononsense mean to you?
The no nonsense is a shoe or running apparel that supports my running but not interfering with my natural stride. It enhances me. That's #nononsense

How does Salming Running fit in, in today's running industry?
 Salming is a new inspiration on the market, who offer some new ideas. I think Salming fits in just right in, with our #nononsense shoes and gear.

How do you promote Salming as an ambassador?
I always recommend Salming shoes and explain why I run in Salming shoes and which shoe goes to which distance. Sometimes I write blogposts at And I also use social media, instagram, Facebook, twitter.

How do you see Salming grow in the future? 
I think it will keep growing and expand to other markets. More and more people are trying Salming shoes and I like to think it's because us engaged ambassadors. Hopefully they keep listening to our ideas and input and keep developing the products.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Salming Ambassador Marc Burget

 In a couple of weeks Salming Athlete Marc Burget will take on, one of the toughest running races in the world - Spartahalon. Marc tells more here about his training for this challenge along with nutrition and #nononsense

How and when did you start running?
I have been running since 1992. For most of those years, I only ran
3-5 miles a couple times a week just to stay in basic shape.  In 2012
I decided I wanted to run a marathon before I turned age 40.  It only
took 1 marathon and I was hooked on the competition.

What's your favorite distance and race and why?
100 miles and beyond.  Anything can happen over the course of a  100
miler.  Just being the fastest guy in a 100 is irrelevant when it
comes to winning.  Planning, training and patience is the most
important part to being successful in these races.

How many miles per week do you usually do?
Usually anywhere between 90 - 140.  There are given weeks where we
have hit 200 miles if I am training for a big race.

Where do you typically run, track, roads or trail?
Most of my miles are on the road with a weekly Track workout.

How do you train differently as an ultra runner?
To me there is not a lot that is different than training for a
marathon, except for the heavy mileage.  Usually i will do 2-3 long
runs in a week, but some weeks have involved running 7 marathons in 7

What's your favorite workout?
Track workout 4x1 Mile with 800 Meter jog/recovery.  Most of my
training miles are at a slower pace so its nice to change it up and
run fast from time to time.

How do you plan your training? Coach, book plan or self coached?
My coach is Paul McRae of Personal Running Solutions.  He has coached
me since 2013 and has taken my marathon time from 3:10 down to 2:35.
He is a great athlete and is hands on with his coaching.  He is not
afraid to get out and log so hard miles with you.

How would you describe yourself as a athlete?

If think its fitting, that the perfect words would be No Nonsense.  I
am 100% committed to this sport.  Every run has a purpose and we
approach each race with the goal to preform at the highest level
within myself.

Tell us about your upcoming race Spartathlon?
Spartathalon is considered by many as one of the World's most grueling
ultra marathons.  It does not have the extreme temperatures of
Badwater 135 or the total elevation as Western States or Hardrock 100.
Spartathalon is  a 246 KM ( 152 mile ) race with a cutoff of 36 hours.
  It celebrates  the footsteps of Pheidippides' journey, from Athens
to Sparta to deliver the message to King Leonidas to request help
against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon of 490 B.C.

How has your build up and training been going for that race?

Training has been great according to my coach.  I am one to think that
I can always be doing more, but listen to the Coach McRae to avoid
burning myself  out with over training.

Tell us more about your nutrition intake for such a long race and
other ultra races you do?

I try to average around 250 calories per hour.  During a 100 mile race
I fuel mostly with fluids. Hammer Nutrition Heed / Sustained Energy
Mix and Hammer Gels are my main fuel source.  I also consume around 3
liters of Coca Cola which is my main craving during a race.  If I
require and solids throughout, Ramen cup of noodles is the only thing
I can tolerate.

" I also consume around 3liters of Coca Cola 
which is my main craving during a race."

What's your dream ultra to complete?
Without a doubt it has to be Spartathalon.  There is no other race
that is so rich in historical importance.

Running in Florida, means running in heat year around, how to do cope
with the heat and what kind of advice would you give, coping with heat
and humidity?

I am one who actually loves the heat.  I think the biggest factor in
running in the heat is being able to block it from your mind.
Obviously pace needs to be reduced and hydration increased but
training in higher temperatures will definitely give you an advantage
on race day.

When did you first hear about Salming and Salming Running?
I was introduced to the Salming by Coach McRae in 2015 and have been
intrigued by the brand ever since.

How long have you been an ambassador?
January 2017

What's your favorite Salming shoe and equipment?
Speed 6.  This is the shoe of choice for both my training and races.
It is a light weight shoe  fastest enough for the  5K distance, but
also has plenty of  cushion for a 246K.

What does #nononsense mean to you?
#nononsense means that Salming does not waste time and effort putting
gimmicks into their equipment just to attract buyers with a false

How does Salming Running fit in, today's running industry?
Salming is the new kid on the block and can match up with any top
running brand shoe on the market.

 "Salming is the new 
kid on the block"

How do you promote Salming as an ambassador?
I am a sales associate at Endurance House, a multi sport Specialty
retail shop.  Each day I get to introduce new athletes to the Salming
Running Technology.

How do you see Salming grow in the future?
The running shoe industry is very competitive.   Salming will continue
to market natural running with high quality equipment and continue to
steadily grow over time.  I am excited to be part of it.

Career Highlights:

2013 Space Coast Marathon Champion
2014 Disney Tower Of Terror 10 Miler Champion
2014 Space Coast Marathon Winner/ Masters Champion & Masters C.R.
2014 Fort Clinch 50 Mile Champion and Course Record Holder
2015 Space Coast Marathon 2nd Place and Masters Champion
2015 Gate River Run 15K Masters National Champion
2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Masters Champion
2016 Donna 26.2 National Breast Cancer Marathon Champion
2016 Gate River Run 15 K National Championships 3rd Male Master
2016 Walt Disney World Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon  2nd Overall
2016 River To Sea 6 Hour   Champion/Course Record Holder
2016 Bronze Man 12 Hours Of Fort Clinch Champion/ Course Record Holder
2016 Azalea 12 Hour   Champion/ Course Record Holder
2016 Daytona 100 Miles  Champion/ Course Record Holder
2017 Best Damn Race Half Marathon Jacksonville Champion
2017 Donna 110 Ultra Marathon Champion/ Course Record Holder
2017 Keys 100 Ultra Marathon Champion
2017 River To Sea 12 Hour  Champion/Course Record Holder

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Salming Ambassador Todd Baranoski

 Salming Ambassador Todd Baranoski

Recently some of the Salming Ambassadors started a Face Book group for all Salming athletes worldwide. Here I have been talking to some of Salming's  amazing talented #nononsense athletes/ambassadors world wide that I would like to present here on my blog.
First out is Salming's smiling Canadian Todd Baranoski. Todd is an amazing ultra runner, who runs crazy long races and always smiles. Todd is also a great guy who always is helpful, always take his time to answer questions regarding Ultra running and trail running. Todd is also one of the few Salming ambassadors who has seen Borje Salming play Ice Hockey live!

How and when did you start running?
I first started running around age 7-8 in Northwestern Ontario where I went for the summers working at my Uncle’s tourist camp.  We would go to his private cabin in the summer when there wasn’t a lot of people in camp for a couple days to relax, or into minnow lakes where we would trap minnows for the guests to use for fishing, or what we call walk in fishing lakes, these were the only accessible by a walking trail a few miles long.  Sometimes I would run the trails that were for the quads to bring in supplies as it was in the middle of nowhere on a remote lakes with the closest civilization a couple hours away.  There was only so much room on the quads and that was taken up by supplies.  So who was ever with my uncle would have to walk.  Or in my case I would run sometimes.  I would race myself each time in and out.  

Running the trails in the heart of the Canadian Shield to Randy Lake in the big Jack and Spruce Pines, no underbrush except some blueberry bushes and ferns, the rest a very barren green moss covered landscape under the canopy of trees, going over all the rises and coming out at the peaceful lake, no one around waiting for everyone is still some of my most vivid childhood memories.  
I ran through school and the Army the odd time after but really started in July 2013 at 41 years old with my first ½ marathon in the early fall of 2013 and running with my first Ultra(50k) in May 2014.  So I’m relatively still new to running compared to most people.

What's your favorite distance and race and why?

Currently 100k is my favorite distance, type is single track trail, point to point with some good gains.  I think I like it because it seems to be my current level I can comfortably run the entire distance.  I can really push myself at that distance without having to worry about keeping a big reserve of energy. My favorite race so far is Cruel Jewel(did the 56 mile this spring) in Georgia.  I loved the incredible trails, tremendous amount of gain(17,000 ft of gain) without going over 4500ft in elevation, very well organized with incredible people volunteering at the aid stations.

How many miles per week do you usually do?
Typically anywhere from 45-60 on average miles of week with a peak of around 70-80 with different types of runs.  That seems low but because some of my runs I do are not long runs but goal runs.  As an example for hill training my goal for that day will be 1500ft of gain which is about 3 miles where I do my hill training.
My goal is be able to run 100 miles/week consistently I’m hoping I can get there by this time next year.
Where do you typically run, track, roads or trail?
It’s typically around split 70/30 trail to road.
How is Ultra running different from regular running, how does training difference?
That’s hard to explain because everyone is different and have access to different terrain to train.  
#1 the distance of the trail races or Ultramarathons is a guideline not an absolute distance.  A 10k trail will be over by a km.  If it’s a 50k it may really be 55k, a 100 mile race may really be a 106 miles.  The RD don’t apologize for it. lol.  It’s a guideline but never shorter.

 " Nothing will end your race
 earlier than not being prepared
 for hills."
I live in the prairies of Canada. I don’t have easy access to running mountains or large hills.  So a lot of my training involves hill training in one form or another.  The ability to run up and downhill (downhill running is harder on your body than uphill) is incredibly important.  Nothing will end your race earlier than not being prepared for hills.  I train a week at a small ski hill( I mean small) with 50% grade close by and I believe tire drag with a 50 lbs tire also helps me with hills and speed.
Running trails for long runs to me is next on the list but just as important as hill work.  Learning to run on uneven rocky, rooty, muddy trails that go up and down efficiently is a skill that must be mastered.   Everyone that starts to run trails trip and fall a lot at the start.  Learning to pick up your feet especially when you’re tired is a hard transition from road running.

 Speed work is just as important as with road racing.  The ability to run fast is directly influences time on feet for both road and trail on what you require of your body.  Fast though is proportional to each type of running.  But why be out there for 30 hours when you can be out there for 24 hrs.
Finally, Fuel and Hydration is big.  On road marathon a person has to worry about 2-5 hours of hydration and fuel.  The needs are required for road, it is different in comparison to someone that is doing 50k-100 miler, depending on the race and where it’s held can be 18-24 hours of on your feet for the first place finisher.  A person needs to learn how to maintain their energy for that many hours.  It’s a lot of trial and error process because everyone is different and how their GI will handle it over a long period of time.
What's your favorite workout?
If you mean gym I don’t work out or strength train except maybe in December when I take a little break from running but that’s mostly to tone up and don’t really take it serious.
If you mean running, my favorite and most dreaded is Tire drag runs.  I think it has a real benefit to hill running and to my overall speed.
How do you plan your running? Coach, book plan or self coached?
Kinda self-coached for now.  Currently I take a lot of information off the internet of what the elites do and try to incorporate into my training schedule.  I’ll make a schedule up in the beginning of each year from what I’ve learned on what I need to work on and then try to put my weaknesses into my schedule.  Even with that it’s always changing and adapting during the year to what I feel what my body can handle.
I know to get to the next level I will need to get a coach that fits into my running attitude and philosophy.
How would you describe yourself as a runner?

Goal race for the fall? And what's your goal for that race?
If haven’t picked on yet one yet but getting close on deciding, It will be 100 miler.  My goal is to run a sub 24hrs.  
When did you first hear about Salming and Salming Running?
Great story.  Early winter of 2015 I was looking for new trail shoes.  They ones I was wearing where to minimum and just didn’t feel right.  I researched for months.  I went to all the running and outdoor stores in Winnipeg trying on shoes that were available to try.  The usual suspects Saucony, Brooks, Altra’s, Hoka, etc etc.  Each one didn’t feel right.  Especially the Altra’s and Hoka’s.  I looked on line and reads hundreds of different reviews on shoes and comparison charts.  I came across Salming in a review for trail shoes.  They were reviewed with a bunch of shoes.  I read the review and thought what the hell.  They are everything I’m looking for.  I called customer service, Laura was awesome as always, and explained that I would love to try their T1’s but wondered if there was a discount available. I explained that with the dollar difference and shipping charges I was worried that they would be another shoe that I wear for 100 miles and put in the closet with others that just doesn’t work for me.  Laura said no problem I can give 20% off to help. 

 " I read the review
 and thought what the hell.
 They are everything I’m looking for."

 I said that’s awesome thank you.  This was December 22nd 2015, I still have the emails and it’s hilarious how happy I was for the 20% off. January rolled around and a new training schedule started.  I ran every run on the one pair them.  Inside, outside -30C, treadmill, stairs, speed. etc. for the month of January. They were incredible. Been running in Salming Shoes ever since.

How long have you been an ambassador?
February 2016
What's your favourite Salming shoe and equipment?
For road hands down is the Distance 5.  Best shoe all around.  Perfect combination for lightweight for speed but still have enough cushion for long runs.
For Trails has been the Trail series of shoes.  Each model gets better and better and more versatile for different terrain and types of trials.
I wear the most is the Grey Salming running jacket.  Perfect for everything.
I like wearing the short racing shorts but mostly for shock effect. Lol  
The Salming Running Long Sleeve tee shirt is awesome.  Makes for a great middle layer in winter and great spring and fall shirt.
I know I would love the Salming running Beanie.  I would cut off the pom pom.

What does #nononsense mean to you?
Don’t train half assed.  Train to improve each time. Leave everything you have on the road or trail.
How does Salming Running fit in, in today's running industry?
I see Salming as a no gimmick running shoe company that make high quality shoe that lasts longer than the competitors.

How do you promote Salming as an ambassador?
Interactions on line or in person.  I try to post a lot with races and what I use to race in, that seems to go a long way to promoting.   I try to finish well on all my races to help a lot to promote them.  I will get asked for my opinion about running or if someone is having injury issues I will suggest trying Salming shoes.  I find it key that is if someone is have issues with their shoes to get them to see they have nothing to lose in trying them.
How do you see Salming grow in the future?
I see Salming becoming a mainstream shoe over the next 5 years as it become more widely known.  Especially in Canada.
You have actually seen Borje Salming play hockey in person, what do you remember and what can you tell us about the experience?
When he played for Toronto Maple Leafs in the mid 80’s, not exactly sure what year, they played against Winnipeg Jets(my team) in the old barn. My dad took me for my birthday present and Winnipeg happen to be playing the Leafs.  I was pretty young at the time.  Even though the game was played in Winnipeg there is always a huge Toronto following in the arena when they showed up to play.  I remember him being cheered on a lot during the game from the Toronto fans.  I remember looking up his number up in the program and asking my dad how to pronounce his name. lol he wasn’t sure either.  When I saw him playing in person he certainly stood out on the ice.  You need to have some skill to see it on the ice with a lot of great players out there.  
Funny how 20 years after first learning of Borje Salming from hockey and respecting his hockey skills I’m an ambassador wearing his shoes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Boston Recap



This year I have adjusted to running with  a stroller as my main training. Training had been very good and I have done 90% of my training outdoors with Ella in the stroller, only on extreme cold days and hard rain days we have stayed inside to use the treadmill. 1000 miles was logged before this years Boston, I have been hitting all the paces on my workouts and sometimes faster when going by feel. Team Wicked BonkProofs coach Caleb Masland Boston schedule fit me extremely well with one workout and one long with tempo/fartlek involved. I was very well prepared for Boston this year and I was confident travelling to Boston. I would say I was probably in my best shape



Last couple of years we have been staying in Charlestown, just a few minutes away from Quincy Market, and so even this year. We travelled up Saturday and spent the day around Quincy Market and the Aquarium. Sunday it was time for a shake out run with my fellow Swede Johan. Just to get nerves under control and get the right tension in the legs. After breakfast, time to hit the expo and get my bib. Expo was more crowed then usual years and I had to stand in line for the first time to get my bib. expo itself was the same, did not look much just walked around. Got Ella a official "future Boston marathon shirt"

Later Sunday we went to Needham for traditional  dinner with our family. They always make a great job and ton of food to choose from. Arrangements were made for 2 bottles to be handle of during the course, at mile 6 and 13.

Got to bed in decent time, alarm set to 4:50am to meet up my Swedish friend Johan at 6am.

Spent a lot of time walking this year, both Saturday and Sunday, plus carry all stuff needed for Ella, stroller etc. Felt a little bit overwhelmed,  tired because of this. Shoulders and neck had tighten up a bit.



Shoes: Salming Race5, extremely happy with this shoes. They give me the right road feel Im looking for and have a snappy feel to them. Upper is a one piece fabric, that gives you more of a compress sock like  feeling.

Shorts: Salming split shorts. Simple classic black split shorts, with a pocket in the back. No chafing and smooth feel.

Singlet: Salming, no chafing and it kept me dry on a hot day.

Sunglasses: Zeal, worked great on a sunny day, did not thinking twice that I was wearing them, which is a good review.

Racebelt: Flipbelt, to storage my salt tabs and gels. Very happy with flipbelt, zero bounce and easy to get my gels and salt tabs. Usually I throw my belts away when they are empty, but flipbelt I kept as I didn't even notice it.

Energy: Endurance Tap Maple Syrup. Maple Syrup works great for me. It taste really good (nothing new here, hey its maple syrup). No GI distress, its sits really well in my stomach. I  can actually eat after the race, usually im totally messed up after fructose/maltodextrin bombs. Maple Syrup gives me a steady energy, no peaks. Endurance Tap has some extra sea salt added and ginger. I really like Endurance tap package, a screw cap that is easy to remove and you dont get syrup all over your hands. I took a gel every 20 min to have steady energy.


Pre Race:

Me and Johan walked to the train station, about 15 min walk. At Boston Commons the busses are line up after you leave your drop off bag, very organized. Its about 45 min bus ride out to the start area in Hopkinton. As usual I dont stay in the Athletes Village, I have my spot I like right by the start, by the Porta Johns, no one is really there for a couple of hours and it easy to use the Porta Johns when ever you need. It got warm really early and just like last year you had to sit under the sun for a couple of hours. Couple of hours went really thanks to good company and a lot of Porta Johns visit, "just to be sure" . For the first time I was in the second wave. I was a bit nervous how this would turn out. It is 25 minute gap between the waves and it was enough for the roads to be cleared. I was almost toeing the start line this year, in the second wave.



When the gun went off the road was wide open in front of me, it was a cool feeling to be in the coral, second wave. You got a lot more cheers along the way as you never really caught up with the first wave. of course you caught some but for the most part it was spread out really good. I might consider to drop down to second wave next year to get more room. It was easy to find my pace and the first miles were ticking by fast. Drinking water by every water station and gels every 20 min was the plan. It felt really good for the first hour. Around mile eight I started to feel that I had to put in more effort on any incline that I wanted. The heat was getting to me and I started to have problems to keep my 6:45 splits. At this point I decided to slow down a bit to not wear myself out in the heat. I passed half way point at 1:31 and I still thought maybe I could catch the second wind but soon again I realized that it was better to keep a slower, steady pace. Around mile 16, the famous Newton Hills starts, its here you can tell how you have spent your energy and how well you re trained and prepared. I have started to see, runner collapse with heat strokes and runners on stretchers before the hills and I was worried to g to hard. I climbed the hills on a steady pace and I passed a lot of runners. It was inspiring and gave me motivation to finish strong when I finally hit the top of Heartbreak Hill. Its nice to know its only downhill from here. I kept my steady pace around 7:20, not trying to beat myself up in the sun. Reaching Boylston street is always a great feeling and it is the best final stretch you can find at a marathon. 3:08 was the final time.


Post race:

I didn't hit my goal of 2:55, again the New England weather was playing hard games. I probably was in my best shape I've been in but it is tough for me to run in degrees over 60. This years Boston was over 70. After the race I meet up with family and its always great to see Erin and Ella after!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Q/A with Douglas McCarthy, Music, Running and LA

 Douglas McCarthy does not need much of introduction. In the electronic music scene  he i s a legend and his band Nitzer Ebb has been cult declared. Douglas is know for his energetic music and live performances,  in this interview he gives away his secret to stay in shape and his hidden spots in LA. Douglas is currently on tour in Europe with Fixmer/McCarthy who recently release the new EP "Chemicals"

1. Tell us a bit whats going on with your different music projects at the moment? You were over in Europe for some F/M shows, and have recently released a new EP, more to come? I did see a short clip from Terence Fixmer playing "get clean" was it preformed?
Are you writing any material for your solo project at the moment or DJMRex? Other projects you would like to share?

Yeah, spent 2 months being based out of Berlin from the end of august through into october. it was a mixed bag of reasons: playing live with Terence; assisting hazel, my wife, with screenings of her film BIGHT OF THE TWIN in london and tel aviv; doing some studio time with DRUMCELL and LUIS FLORES in their berlin studio; oh and turning 50 years old!!

DJM/REX has morphed into BLACK LINE to produce a more song structured project. there have been a variety of collaborators but mostly myself and CYRUSREX with BON HARRIS when he’s available.
 Image result for douglas mccarthy

2. Did question never gets old, whats going on with Nitzer Ebb? Are you and Bon working on new material?

Seems to be a fave ;) no NE but working on music for BL. NE is probably at least a year away, if even that soon, and much more of a limited touring schedule. basically, i can’t make any promises. sorry.

3. What can you tell us about Hazels documentary? How were you involved?

Hazel met GENESIS BRYER P-ORRIDGE whilst working on THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE in 2009. BIGHT OF THE TWIN tells the story of genesis breyer p-orridge journey to ouidah in benin (west africa) to explore the origins of the vodoun (voodoo) religion with hazel. there, p-orridge engaged in a "twin fetish" voodoo tradition, which serves the purpose of reuniting the dead and living, to reconnect with her late partner LADY JAYE BREYER P-ORRIDGE, with whom she pursued forming a pandrogynous couple, a unity of two people as one. this spiritual journey was utterly dramatic - the artist called it “a path both brutal and loving”. 

I also traveled to Ouidah, filming and recording sound. **********


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4. Youre now living in LA, a huge difference from Chelmsford. Do you still stay in touch with your home ground? How do you like LA (big question) and how did you end in LA? Do you follow whats going on in the White House right now?

Yeah,probably the 2 cities Ive spent the longest in are LA and LONDON. i’ve flipped between the 2 a couple of times. we started touring seriously by the time i was 20 or so. it meant i was fairly disconnected with Chelmsford from then on. after a while i moved to cambridge then LA. initially to LA to write and record. i still keep in touch with Simon Granger and Dave Gooday via email and phone but i rarely have time in the UK to do Essex as my kids are in London and Bristol and my mum lives in the Cotswolds. last time i was in Essex was on my way back to my mum’s after visiting my dad’s grave in Suffolk.

LA can be an odd place for people to fathom because it is so spread out and there are various “centers”, which i think is actually very similar to London. i live close to downtown, where i work and mostly go out for dinner, art events and rarely bands even though i'm very close to SILVERLAKE, ECHO PARK, EAGLE ROCK etc we kind of stay local or go to people’s homes. boring basically, but then we do travel and go to great clubs and venues so i feel like we get our fill hated this election. like many people, i felt pretty sure that after BREXIT trump would get in. we’ll see how it all pans out. i was around for the thatcher and reagan years and actually they got people angry and riled up enough to make a lot of creative responses.

5. Talking about LA, I understand that you enjoy running and hiking as exercise. Is it hard to find good places in LA. Whats you're favorite hike/run in LA? Do you have any secret spots in LA/CA you wanna share?

As with most people, the exercise keeps me a little fitter and a lot more sane. i am in “FROGTOWN” by the LA river so actually have some lovely places to run and hike on my doorstep. i run the LA river path a lot as it is literally at the end of my street, but it’s not that far to run the SILVERLAKE RESERVOIR and i like to go for shorter hikes in ELYSIAN PARK with our small hound, ADOLFO GUZMAN LOPEZ. GRIFFITH PARK is super close too for biking and hiking. for more adventurous hikes we normally travel a half hour to an hour up the ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY into the SAN GABRIEL mountains or drive a couple of hours east into YUCCA VALLEY and JOSHUA TREE where the desert is incredible but you have to choose your time of year and time of day wisely - it’s very hot in summer and very cold in winter.
6. How do you stay in shape during tours and at home. Do you explore new routes in the cities you visit.Is hotel treadmill an option? Is it hard to find time for runs/hikes/exercise during tours, or studio sessions? Do you take your dog often on hikes?

It’s hit and miss depending on the schedule. in the studio i will either go for a run in the morning then head into Downtown LA where Cyrus’ studio is, or i meet Cyrus earlier and we go to the gym for treadmill and a workout (the summers of late have been brutal so if i miss the morning or don’t have time at night the gym is my preference). touring is hard and as i do a pretty hefty workout on stage i am sometimes having to save my energy for the performance. having said that, i do love to get out in cities that i am familiar with such as Berlin, hamburg and condone where i have a good array of routes to run. if i don’t know the city so well i will do a “there-and-back” route so as not to get lost or distracted as another issue (especially when you’re as old as me) is picking up an injury that impedes the show.
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Natural Running

Adolfo is good at hiking but a right pain in the ass for running. it’s ok if it’s myself and hazel as he gets kind of worked up by us both being there but if I'm on my own he’s constantly looking for his “mum”.

What kind of shoes do you prefer for hiking/ running? You have tried Salming D4, they have a "natural running" approach, what do you think? What is “natural 
running" for you?

Ive been running for over 40 years, initially cross country then street running. over the years i began to suffer bad knee pains and aches that i remedied with straps but until i found the natural running approach i did not fully ease those ailments. i found the SALMING D4 quite recently and am a huge fan. great structural support on the outside and inside of my feet but still with enough space for the full spread of my toes. they fit completely with my running approach after trying at least three other manufacturers.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Salming Race5 Review

Salming Race5

Race and Distance are now the only shoes from Salming original line up that still carry their original midsole shape. Some changes has been made to the firmness and outsole rubber over the years but the shape and outsole patterns remains the same.

Race is a pure racing flat that in the past have been using from 5K up to half marathon. I've been thinking about trying Race for the full marathon, but in the end I have always picked Salming Speed or Distance, thinking Race its not enough shoe for me.

I'm now about two weeks away from Boston Marathon, and I'm thinking Race5 with its brand new upper will be my pick for the race, for two reasons. 1)The new upper, secure the foot much better then previous editions of Race. The foot gets centered more and you can take advantaged of the energy return from the cushion in a more secure way. 2)The old Speed is now discontinued and replaced by Speed5. Speed5 is now more of a performance shoe ( review here ) rather then a marathon flat. The new Race5 has the same "raw" road feel that the old Speed had.

Salming Race5 Data:
  • Weight: 185 g (UK 9)
  • Drop: 5 mm
  • Color: Ceramic Green
  • Gender: Men
  • Stack: 16 mm center of heel 11 mm ball of foot

  • Midsole: Runlite™ + Carbon Torsion
  • Outsole: Lite rubber
  • Lining: Mesh
  • Sizes: UK 6,5-12. EU 40 2/3-48
  • SKU: 1287025-6700

Salming Race5 gets a brand new one piece upper. Its a stretchy fabric that hugs your feet extremely well, without being to tight. The foot does not move around and feels more centered over the Runlite midsole then previous Race editions. The mesh is not see thru but feels thin and light enough to be breathable. To build up support around the upper fabric, Salming are using Exo Skeleton technology. Its not the traditional "skeleton" we have seen on all other Salming shoes. Here Salming are using a print technology to create necessary support to the one piece mesh. With this technology Salming are saving weight and the support works with one piece fabric to create a solid "one piece" feeling. The printed "blocks" are also reflective at night, which makes the shoe to stand out. Not that you are racing at night to often, but its a cool feature without adding any extra weight to the shoe.

+Extremely hug friendly upper. It just wraps your foot, without causing any hotspots from the support elements.
-Cant come up with any negative regarding the fit, but some of the design feels unnecessary. I'm pretty sure that if you buy the shoe, you're aware of Salmings website.....

The Salming Race Midsole/Outsole unit has been pretty much been untouched since the very first edition. Runlite has been tweaked over the years a bit but Race5 has the same Runlite as last years edition. Last years Runlite was lighter and more responsive. You will find a carbon fiber torsion unit in the midfoot, to give the shoe some support and a "snappy" feeling. Outsole has lightweight rubber place on strategic places only, to save weight. To save more weight I can see different pattern, perhaps a bit more aggressive outsole, to get a faster feeling. 65% /75 angle is in cooperated as with all Salming shoes. In Race5 case, the shoe feels very supportive as it is also built low to the ground at the same time as 65% remains supportive without flex.

+Runlite compound feels very fast and "snappy".
-Race could used 1-2mm more stack height to make it more versatile and accessible.

Over All  
I can understand why Salming keeps its Runlite compound midsole/outsole the same on the lighter racing flats. Its fast, responsive and protective. If you're one of those runners who are missing the old Speed, you can still find the "raw" feeling with Race5 as many of the runners loved with Speed. This feeling might not be for everyone but Salming D5 is the next step up and can be used as an excellent racing flat for the longer distances as marathon.

The Race5 became a much more solid and complete shoe with the new one piece upper, it works better with the Runlite midsole then previous editions, as the foot feels centered in the shoe and secured. Race5 is a good option for the full marathon, as it now feels more secure and supportive

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running North America as part of their Salming brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Salming Speed5 Review

Salming Speed5
For 2017, Salming Running has decided  to do a total make over of Speed, one of Salmings original line up shoes. Speed has been my to go shoe for faster runs and the marathon distance. A snug, low to the ground and light shoe that have served me really well. The new Speed5 is something totally different. With Speed5, Salming are placing Speed in the same category as their new shoe EnRoute, but Speed is a hair lighter then Enroute. They both are built on the same last, with some minor differences. EnRoute has a softer cushion and a torsion unit in the midfoot. Speed5 is more firm and does not  carry the same torsion unit. The uppers in the both shoes are totally different.  Here are some of Salmings data regarding Speed5:
  • Weight: 8.7 oz (US 10 Men)
  • Drop: 6 mm
  • Color: Ceramic Green/Black (Men)
  • Color: Shocking Orange/Dark Orchid (Women)
  • Stack: 22 mm center of heel 16 mm ball of foot
  • Midsole: Recoil™ + Recoil R™
  • Outsole: Durable lightweight rubber

Salming Speed3 in the background

Salming are using two different types of mesh in the upper. In the the midfoot, together with the EXO Skeleton we see a very thin, firm mesh. Same mesh has been used on earlier Speed as the third layer, but server here as a single layer. You can literally see straight thru the shoe.  Together with the Exo Skelton the midfoot is very secured and at the same time the mesh breathes very well. I could see how this mesh can benefit a triathlete who need good drainage. 

The toebox of Speed is wide and offer a more softer mesh, to avoid hot spots. The toes get a lot of room to spread out. The wide toe box takes away the snug fast feeling, the original Speed offered the runner. Speed offer a soft thick ankle collar that protects and heel does not slip.
Together with the snug fit in the midfoot area and the wide spread toebox you get a nice fit, but it does not feel as fast as the name Speed should, more like a performance shoe.
 EnRoute upper kind of looks like the old Speed upper so maybe the EnRoute upper would have been more suitable for Speed5 and the other way around?

+ Nice mid-foot wrap, with open mesh

-Too wide toe box for my like, feels like toe box and mid-foot wrap are not synchronized together.

Speed and EnRoute are built on the same last, with a Recoil compound as the main ingredients. While EnRoute offers more cushion, Speed5 has a more firm Recoil solution. The firmer Recoil works better when you pick up the pace, but can be a bit harsh on your legs at lower paces. Speed does not have the same torsion unit as EnRoute, instead its built in, like Salming Miles, in the Recoil material for a better heel-toe transition. Speed5 and EnRoute share the same outsole pattern, blown rubber. The rubber cover most of the parts of the outsole and offer good grip on pavement, wet and dry. Of course Salming 62%/75 degree approach is in cooperated in the midsole/outsole. With first flexgroove after 62% of the shoe in a 75% degree for a natural flex . The flex grooves are deep and offer a great flex in the fore foot that works with your transition.

+Firm ride, but need to be high pace to take advantage
+Great flex in the forefoot

-At the same time the firmness of this shoe can be to much when you run easy pace.
-Could see a more aggressive outsole pattern, for a faster feel.

EnRoute on the left, Speed5 to the right

Over All/Ride
Speed has got a bit of a cult status back in Europe and Sweden, so I can see how many runners questions the extra weight and "more shoe". Speed5 is more in the performance category now and Salming D5 will represent the brand in the marathon flat category, as D5 have lost some of its weight. The new Race5 is also like a good option for the runner who seek the old raw"Speed feeling".

As mentioned above the ride of Speed5 is firm and responsive, according to me, this is a shoe for the faster days, not the recovery day or easy miles. I have now over 50 miles on my Speed5 and I feel the Recoil foam has started to ease up a bit, so my conclusion is that Speed5 needs some break in time. This is my second shoe from Salming that are using the Recoil foam, Miles was my first shoe. I hope Speed5 Recoil offers the same durability as my Miles. My first pair of Miles has now over a 1000 miles and still going strong. If I can get 1000 miles out of a pair of performance shoes, that would be fantastic!

Salming Speed5 is very close to Salming EnRoute and I can see how Salming wants to build on the EnRoute momentum and have a faster option for those runners who are using EnRoute as their daily trainer. To get an even more faster feeling of Speed5 I would have loved to see a more streamlined upper.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running North America as part of their Salming brand ambassador program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.