Nike Free Rn Distance Reassessment

Hello!

Back in October 2016 I purchased a pair of the Nike Free Rn Distance. By far it is one of the best pair of shoes I have ever bought. It took me about 7 months to retire these shoes, which is definitely a little too long. However, I fortunately bought another pair shortly after discovering how good they are. Back in January I posted a review of the Nike Free RN Distance, which you can find here. Now, I want to give another breakdown of the shoes after using them for an extended period of time.

Comfort

Like I mentioned in my previous post here, these shoes are very comfortable. They are like a pillow for your feet. In addition, the Nike Free Rn Distance give a lot of room for your toes in the toebox. Yet after running in these shoes for a few months it was noticeable that the insole loss a lot of support. The arch was pretty much gone. I did not put my own insoles in, which may have helped with this issue.

Other than the insole, the shoe remained comfortable. The vamp of the shoe, which is the area that wraps around the middle portion of your foot, showed no change. They still wrapped around my foot like sock.

Durability

Similar to the Inov-8 X Talon 212s, the Nike Free RN Distance on saw major wear on the outsole. The fabric of the shoe still looks relatively new. Regarding the outsole, after a couple of months it was pretty much worn out. Yet, I tend to keep using my running shoes longer then usual. Eventually the lacking outsole may have started causing a little bit of pain in my ankles, knees, and hips. Once I switched over to the new pair the pain dissipated.

Wrap-up

Overall I was very happy with the Nike Free RN Distance. The comfort is something I have not experienced with another running shoe. After doing a little more research, it looks like the Nike Free RN Distance only lasts for a range of 200-450 miles, averaging at 300 miles. For my volume of running I would need to have a shoe that will last for more miles. So, even though I love the Nike Free RN Distance, I will eventually get a different pair of running shoes to fulfill this need. When I find those shoes and use them for a bit I will make sure to write a review on them. If you want to know anything else about these shoes comment below and I will get back to you!

Mitch

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Boise Sprint 2017

Hello!

This past weekend I participated in the Spartan Race in Boise, Idaho. The race was a sprint and was around 4.5 miles with 22 obstacles. I ended up finishing 10th overall, 9th in mens and 1st in my age group. The race was similar to the 2016 Boise Sprint, with the steep hills and a similar route. All in all it was a fun and challenging race.

Endurance

I would say that the endurance was the most difficult part for me. The hills really caught me off guard. Living in Davis, I don’t have much exposure to hill training, which was my major downfall for this race. Last year I felt most of the pain in my legs when going up the hills. Yet, this time the pain was in my chest. My sprained ankle recently flared up again and I had to decrease my training a bit. The reduced training definitely hurt my endurance. It was mainly the hills that really separated the front of the pack from the rest.

Strategy

In this race I attempted to stay with the front of the pack at the start. However, I felt like my cardio would be compromised if I went too hard. Eventually, I fell back a few places, which cost me from racing at the higher pace of the front of the pack. I just need to recreate this more often in my training.

One obstacle I am very happy I completed was the Spearman throw. However, most of the people in front of me also completed it. But, it was still nice to not have to do those 30 burpees.

Obstacles

Spearman Throw

A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders when I completed this one. I made sure to aim a little higher than last time. Also, I put more power in my throw.

Barbed Wire Crawl

I felt great through this obstacle. The terrain went up and down which allowed me to crawl sometimes. Whenever I reached the top of a mound I would throw myself over and use my momentum to roll to the next one. Also, whenever I got dizzy I would switch the ways I would roll. It makes such a major difference!

Herc Hoist

I believe I have learned this obstacle to the best of my ability. One foot on the fence and using my body weight to pull the sandbag up was very efficient. The only thing left is to get stronger and gain some muscle weight to assist in pulling it up.

Bucket Brigade

Unlike the previous race in Seattle, this bucket obstacle was all flat. There was no problem with carrying it, but my lack of endurance hurt my speed.

Sandbag Carry

This time the sandbag carry was just the larger sandbag. At first I tried to carry it on one shoulder and switching off. I felt this hurt my speed. When I put it on both shoulders it reduces the stress on my core and keeps me balanced. Therefore, I am able to run with my torso straight up instead of tilted to the side.

Wrap up!

Overall I really enjoyed this race. It is quite a challenge for myself and really points out my weaknesses. In the future I need to work on the endurance. But, I am for sure going to take some time to allow my ankle to heal. I believe my ankle recovery routine did help but I just didn’t follow through with it completely. The Boise race is a race I fully recommend, even if it is a bit of a drive for you. The drive goes by fast with the beautiful terrain.

Mitch

*photo from www.spartan.com, I didn’t compete in the kids race but looks like that was the logo they went with ha!

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