The Running Gear I Use

I’m expanding my blog a bit and I’ve just finished a page on my favorite running gear. The “running gear” page has a menu link on the blog menu. Just so you know, I’m not getting any incentives or cash for posting the stuff listed. It’s shown here because I really do use the it. Some stuff more than others but if I keep in on hand and use it more than once, it’s shown on my list of running gear. Hope you find My Running Gear page useful.

New Nike Free RN Distance Shoes

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Nike Free RN Distance

A few weeks ago I heard about the new Free RN Distance shoe from Nike and this couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m a big fan of the Nike Free 4.0 and 5.0 with their lightweight and bare foot feel. From now until the end of April I will have to log much longer runs than I normally do to prepare for the Nashville Rock n ‘Roll Half Marathon. I admit I’m a little concerned about how my body will respond to the distance in the minimal cushioning of the Free 4.0 and 5.0 shoes.

The claim for the RN Distance is it provides more cushioning while still giving you the responsiveness and bare foot feel of the other Free models. This certainly got my attention so I had to get myself a pair. As usual I had to re-lace the shoes to make room for my high arches but other than that they feel great.

Today I had my first test run with the RN Distance shoes. The RN Distance has quite a bit more cushioning in the forefoot area and I was concerned I would lose that feeling of being in touch with the road. The shoe does feel slightly heavier but I’ve been running in the Free 4.0 and 5.0 shoes for two years now so I’m very familiar with their feel. If you are coming from another shoe with more cushion and control I think you will be surprised how light they feel. Even with the added weight compared to the other Free models I didn’t feel weighed down and the extra cushioning felt great. The bare foot feel wasn’t nearly as pronounced as with the Free 4.0 especially and only slightly less than the 5.0. Usually by the time I hit the five or six mile mark my feet are starting to feel a little fatigued. Today this wasn’t the case at all.

I’m very happy with the RN Distance shoes and will likely use them exclusively when my distance is more than 10K. If you want a neutral shoe that is lightweight and still gives a responsive feel you may want to check them out.

Another Pair Bite the Dust

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300 Miles Logged

After today’s run I’ve logged enough miles to retire another pair of shoes. While I could probably stretch this out another 25-50 miles but I’ve found with the Nike Free 4.0 and 5.0 shoes and my body build logging 300 hundred miles is plenty.

In an earlier post I mentioned you should keep a diary of your workouts. If you alternate between two pairs of shoes like I do, then you should also keep track of the miles logged on each pair. I have my shoe replacements spaced out so I need to replace a pair every four to six months. Your mileage may vary. If you have a lighter body build and wear shoes with a fair amount of cushion and or motion control you may be able to get 400 miles (maybe more) from each pair of running shoes.

I have never been a fan of Nike running shoes until I tried the Nike Free shoes. The shoes are as close to running barefoot as you can get while still wearing a conventional shoe. I realize they’re not for everyone and they do take some getting used to wearing. If you decide to try a pair start out by running no more than a mile in them and then extend the distance over the course of several weeks.

The shoe experts will tell you this isn’t the shoe for me, however, I’ve worn out three pairs and have over 150 miles on a fourth pair and I think they are great. Since changing to Nike Free I have been injury free. The 5.0 version have slightly more cushion than the 4.0 version. I do fine with the 4.0 shoes but I’ll most likely wear the 5.0 shoes during the half marathon in April.