All bent, out of shape

Wait a minute! What’s going on here? I thought this site was about running, you might be saying to yourself, beer frothing on your table as you shake your fist at me. Indeed. The Fat Panther was started primarily as Continue reading All bent, out of shape

Shoe Review: Xeroshoes Umara Z-Trail Sport Sandal

So… duh, I like to run in sandals a fair bit. I also run in a number of other types of shoes, but for me there’s nothing like the freedom of feeling the air under my feet as I flit Continue reading Shoe Review: Xeroshoes Umara Z-Trail Sport Sandal

Race Report: 2016 La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run

“Tracking paused!” I slowly trudged up a steep, slippery and mostly unmarked (except by bones, cow patties and the occasional ribbon) hill in San Luis Obispo and seriously considered murdering my RunKeeper app as she, once again, passive aggressively suggested Continue reading Race Report: 2016 La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run

Workout: Foot. Ball. Run.

So with World Cup fever officially dying down (till next year, go USA ladies!) there is still the echo of soccer (or futbol, as it is known pretty much everywhere else on the planet) in the air. Here in Sacramento, Continue reading Workout: Foot. Ball. Run.

Running: Avoiding becoming a hood ornament

A friend of mine on Twitter asked me for some tips on staying safe from vehicles while out running and I thought it would be a fantastic topic for a blog post (and also way too long for a Twitter Continue reading Running: Avoiding becoming a hood ornament

Gear Review: SKORA Core

In my experience, there’s three kinds of so called “minimalist” shoes out there: 1) The “me too” shoes which took existing traditional shoe designs & put a thinner, usually zero/low drop sole on them 2) The sandal crew (shout out Continue reading Gear Review: SKORA Core

StrideFu: A running primer for new, injured and overweight runners

I often get asked about how to get started running from people for whom the activity seems out of reach for a number of reasons. Sometimes they feel they are too heavy, most often they complain of hurt knees from Continue reading StrideFu: A running primer for new, injured and overweight runners

Race Report: 2014 Shamrock’n Sacramento 1/2 Marathon

So, oddly enough, I’ve never run a road 1/2 before. I ran my first marathon before I managed a road 1/2. And I ran the Lost Trail 1/2 first. This had a rather unfortunately effect. That effect was that I Continue reading Race Report: 2014 Shamrock’n Sacramento 1/2 Marathon

Stop toning and start building

Most people by this point have grown immune to the worst of the “weasel-word” ads for fitness and nutrition. Generally if you see “one weird trick” or “5 minute whatever” you can be sure that either the author is being Continue reading Stop toning and start building