Monday, November 20, 2017

Salming Ambassador Aaron Quiroz

 If you follow Aaron on any social media, you can tell that he loves running and sneakers. Aaron is great ambassador for the sport who always is happy and motivates you. For the last year Aaron has been to his home country Peru and been struggling with some injuries. Despite injuries, Aaron continues to keep up the good spirit!

How and when did you start running?
I grew up playing soccer/futbol but didn't in college. I put on about 50lbs and decided enough was enough. There was no futbol/soccer leagues in this area so I decided to take up running summer of 2006. Haven't looked back since.

 What's your favourite distance and race and why?
The marathon....I like the time it takes in preparing for one goal race. When you finish that distance and you're sore knowing you put everything you had into that day. That's the best feeling.
How many miles per week do you usually do? 
I usually average 65-75 miles a week. I won't flirt with triple digits because I feel that's too much with me working full time.  I think what I do is plenty.
Where do you typically run, track, roads or trail?
Most runs are on the road unless it's a specific workout (800s, Ks) then I go to the track.
What's your favorite workout?
5) Favorite workout is 2x3, 3x2, or 2x4 mile repeats at marathon pace, To me, that gets me most prepared and familiar with what I need to do on race day.
You recently started with a new coach, what can you tell us about him and his approach?
His approach is 2 workouts a week and a lot of easy miles. His basic workout is usually tough but he wants me to really get used to running hard for longer periods. Long runs usually have a fast finish too.
 How would you describe yourself as an athlete?
Most people around here say I'm a "gifted" athlete. That couldn't be further from the truth. I consider myself an average athlete who just likes to see himself improve with hard work.
Tell us about your upcoming races and goals?
I have a half marathon December 10th (I think that's the date) and a marathon the weekend before Valentine's Day in Jacksonville (breast cancer marathon). Ultimate goal is to qualify for Boston and leave no doubt about getting into the field.
 You are coming back from a long period of injuries, was it hard and how did you cope with it?
It was hard yes because it felt like I was never going to get better. I went the chiropractor for awhile and didn't seem to help. Finally went to PT at the beginning of this year after taking 4 months off. Haven't taken 4 months off of running since I started running in 2006. I did a lot of walking and tried to stay busy doing other things non workout wise but after running virtually almost every day taking that time off took a toll on me.
Your girlfriend just finished her first marathon, how did it go and do you train together?
10) She did well. I told her to just embrace the moment and she did. I knew she'd want to do another one after this which she does so now she has bigger goals. We run sometimes together for my easy runs but most of the time our training plans don't line up well.
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Tell me about your trip to Peru this summer?
The Peru was amazing. My father was born and raised there so going there to see his homeland was something I've always wanted to do since I've never been. We stayed in Lima and took a 4 days Cuzco tour which consisted seeing one of the 9 wonders of the world in Machu Picchu. Out of everything I experienced that was the best moment. I also got to spend time and visit with my dads family that still lives in Peru. Everyone there is so welcoming and full of love in that country. It's def a lot different than America.
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From what I can tell you're a “sneaker-holic”. How many pairs of shoes do you have and what's your favorite, beside Salming?
I do love sneakers. I started " collecting" them since I would purchase mainly white shoes and wanted to keep them clean at all times. I started buying 3 or 4 at a time to have back ups. Then I saw different color ways of different shoes and wanted all of them. The rest is history. Besides Salming I love Nike, New Balance, and have recently been like Adidas.
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When did you first hear about Salming and Salming Running? 
I first heard about Salming from Stefan Albinsson. He always spoke so highly of the company so I knew I had to try a pair. I did and was hooked.
How long have you been an ambassador?
I have been an ambassador since the beginning of 2017, love it and hope to continue with the brand in the future.
What's your favourite Salming shoe and equipment?
My favorite Salming shoe is the Speed6. It's my go to shoe for marathon pace workouts, can handle well, and will def be my marathon shoe. I also love the Salming hoody and jackets. I purchased a navy and gray hoody and have been obsessed with wearing them since I got them. They're so comfortable and warm. The running jackets are also very comfortable, keep me warm, and the fit is great.
What does #nononsense mean to you?
#nononsense means Salming's products are legit. They mean business and they don't mess with nonsense products.
How does Salming Running fit in, in today's running industry?
They fit in because their products look good and I feel nowadays a lot of runners care about that almost as much as their performance. They have a different shoe for every type of runner. That's a positive thing and even though you may not want to be a fast runner there's still a Salming shoe for you.
How do you promote Salming as an ambassador?  
I am constantly talking up Salming to everyone and always wearing their products. Have gotten tons of compliments and that strikes up conversations. I also promote it a lot via social media. That has in turn receiving messages with people interested in the brand.
How do you see Salming grow in the future?
I think as long as the company continues to make quality shoes/clothing then they will speak for themselves. Getting out to different expos is also a really good thing that the company is doing. Allowing people to try on the shoes for them to experience first hand is very positive.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Salming Distance 5 Review

Salming Distance has been with Salming since the very first start and was awarded best debut by Runners World when it first was released. So what has happened over the years with Distance? Distance became immediately my favorite Salming shoe. The fact that Distance worked really for my faster day, longer days and for race day, got me hooked. Salming original was streamlined had a three layer upper that wrapped you foot perfect. Over the two next editions, Salming tweaked a bit with the uppers and lost some of streamlined feel. Version 2 felt a bit too wide and 3 a bit too long for me. Then out of the blue, a few months after D3 was released, Salming released the all black D4! The original feel was back, this time with a two layer upper and with a more responsive Runlite midsole. Now D5 has been out for a while and the original feel is still very much there. Introducing  Todd Baranoski (instagram Todd_ultrarunner) who will also give his opnion on D5!
Salming Facts:
  • Weight: 8oz 
  • Drop: 5 mm
  • Color: Gecko Green
  • Gender: Men
  • Stack: 21,5 mm center of heel 16,5 mm ball of foot
  • Midsole: Runlite™
  • Outsole: Lite rubber
  • Torsion: Torsion Efficiency Unit™
  • Lining: Mesh
Allow yourself the pleasure of covering long distances with Salming´s best selling natural running shoe. With great durability and a 5 mm heel to toe drop, this shoe is designed to help you overcome both long distances and hard surfaces.
The improved RunLite™ midsole compound offer great responsiveness. A two-layer sandwich upper construction deliver a very comfortable feel while keeping your foot stable through the exo skeleton feature. Let your feet experience the light, natural feeling – even on long distances!

RunningSwede says: 
As mentioned above, D5 has the same feel as D4 and the original feel of the original Distance. Upper is streamlined with a simple structured mesh and the Exo Skeleton to keep foot in place. What I like is the simplicity of this upper. Its just enough and at the same time very functional. I always get the feeling that this is a racing flat, which is true, but it can be used for so much more. If you could only 
 have one shoe, this would be it. Its enough for long days, tempo/work out days and race day. The new lighter and more responsive Runlite works really well for all this categories of running and it is very responsive. A torsion unit in the mid foot helps you with some stability and heel/toe transition. I have used Distance for marathons and recently I used D5 for the last 10 miles of a trail 50K race. D5 would be light enough for a fast 5K but also give you enough protection for a marathon without slow you down. I often get the question what shoe can you compare Salming to. D5 would be comparable with Adidas Adios/Boston, Nike Elite and New Balance 1400.

Todd's opinion: 
 Being primarily a trail runner my first shoes with Salming were their Trail shoes which I love and carried me across thousands of training and race miles. Since I kinda came into their shoes from different direction than most people I wanted the same awesome fit and feel to match for a daily road trainer. That being said I’m a huge believer in matching trail shoes to the road shoes. You don’t want to have to change your cadence or style to get the same speed out of your shoes. That is also how I recommend shoes to people that ask me, as a set to use together. The D series especially the D5’s are that shoe to me. With the D5’s I get a seamless transition from D5’s for fast road  training and the T3’s for fast trail running. Yet the I still use them for the odd road race I do. I can’t wait to see what upgrades Salming come up with the D series to help get even faster.

Where do Salming go from here?
Salming Distance is the back bone, the soul of Salming Running line up. The shoe has been with Salming since the beginning, without any major changes and it breathes the feeling Salming slogans are saying, #nononsense and #naturalrunning. Maybe Salming should give the Distance a major facelift like they did with Speed5/6? I could actually see Race and Distance as one shoe, to get a more of a marathon racer. Salming can do this without loosing the feeling of Distance and Race, and at the same time cover the gap in the line up for a true marathon racer........


Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive Running shoes from Salming Running USA as part of their 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.”