with the team of scientists at the Nike Sports Lab
Nike has been closely following Gallegos’s journey. Last year, when Gallegos set out to try to complete this half marathon, he shared this with one of his friends, John Truax, who was part of the Nike Running community. Given that Gallegos is based in Eugene, Oregon, not far from the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, he was quickly connected with the team of scientists at the Nike Sports Lab, where researchers better understand the challenges that athletes face and work on developing products that can help them.
Adidas Tubular Womens At the Lab, he was hooked up to all on the body scanning technology that Nike uses to study professional athletes. The researchers hooked him up to a GPS watch and heart rate monitor, then examined his baseline biometrics, particularly how his foot falls. A team even joined him on a race, to observe him in action.
Gallegos met Geng Luo, a biomechanics researcher, who studied Gallegos’s gait, which is unique and unlike traditional marathon runners. Luo studied the angle of Gallegos’s stride and how his foot landed on the ground. This helped the team figure out what parts of the shoe to reinforce. They created a shoe where the forefront was reinforced, since Gallegos experiences more pressure in this area. They discovered that when Gallegos’s foot strikes the ground, his entire bodyweight unloads in a very small area, so they provided extra cushioning in this area. They also make sure that the shoe had extra stability, since Gallegos has more trouble balancing than most