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A week ago today, Smyers and I had the honor and the privilege of testing out Saucony’s brand spanking new run lab. It did not disappoint! We arrived at Saucony mid-morning. The lobby area is like Candyland, full off all sorts of styles of shoes, not only from Saucony, but from Keds, Sperry and other members of the Collective Brands Family.

A week ago today, Smyers and I had the honor and the privilege of testing out Saucony’s brand spanking new run lab. It did not disappoint!

We arrived at Saucony mid-morning. The lobby area is like Candyland, full off all sorts of styles of shoes, not only from Saucony, but from Keds, Sperry and other members of the Collective Brands Family.

Saucony’s office itself, my sneaker ADD kicked into overdrive. Literally, shoes and apparel are EVERYWHERE. Samples and past models line the office space in every nook and cranny. At the end of the long walkway (lined, with a 1-lane track, of course) is the pièce de résistance (or torture chamber….depending on how you want to look at it); the Saucony Run Lab.



The Run Lab has been a work in progress for the better part of a year and likely, the planning extends back longer than that.

When you enter the lab, there are 2 treadmills, each costing more than my car. One treadmill is for VO2 Max testing….we’ll revisit that one another time. This visit, we were focused on the treadmill, surrounded by a staging area, (presumably so you don’t fall off!). At each corner of the treadmill was a high-speed camera, costing roughly more than my house.

Karen and I were each filmed, but first, we had to be "prepped". All reflective material on our run gear and shoes was covered, so as to not cause interference with the special little light probes. We were each decorated like a Christmas tree with little light probes at key joints and "moving places" on our bodies. Here’s Karen getting "dolled up" (sucks to be the one who forgot her camera, thus making you the target for the one who remembered hers!).





Once "stuck" with the little light probes, the lights and high-speed cameras capture every little micro movement. You appear, as a series of dots on a computer monitor. I think Spencer, the lab boss, had his fill of Karen and I dancing instead of running!



So not only can they capture micro movements in your body, but because the treadmill is equipped with force plate technology, they can measure each foot strike, determine the percentage of heel strike (me) versus forefoot strike (Smyers). They can determine imbalances between legs (me….post crash). The high speed cameras detect how muscles are firing, how your foot is landing, etc.



In short, we were lab rats for a day. They capture SO much data (mine, likely to set the curve on the low end, if you catch my drift), it boggles the mind.



We’ll head back (benefit of being local) so Spencer can dissect the session and suggest ways that we can both run like the wind!

Thanks Saucony! Super cool!!

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