Nike Free RN Distance

Spartan Race training requires an extensive amount of running. And all those miles of running test the durability of any running shoe. In October, I was searching for a running shoe that could hold up with the spartan training. But, I also wanted it to be comfortable and able to hold up to trail and road runs. After a long search and trying out numerous shoes I arrived at the Nike Free RN Distance.

Comfort

Once you put your feet in these shoes you do not want to take them off. They have a great cushion and fit nice and snug around your foot. It took me a little while to get the correct tightness for my feet. In the past I have always tied my shoes super tight, but with the Nike Free RN Distance it was better to have them a little looser. Also, they have the flywire technology. This is where cables, that are incorporated with the laces, wrap around your arch to give a unique fit. At first glance I thought these shoes would be a little wide, yet during the run it gives you plenty of space to spread out your toes. Because of the added space they are a great shoe to transition from the vibram five fingers or any minimalist running shoes.

Durability

So Far I have put in around 125 miles on the shoes. They have held up extremely well. In the photo are the shoes after the 125 miles. The bottom tread has shown little wear and tear. The upper part of the shoe has shown little to none wear and tear as well. For the most part I have taken this shoe on the treadmill or road. There have been only short appearances of trail. Overall I believe these shoes will last me awhile.

Wrap-up

The Nike Free RN Distance are phenomenal shoes for Spartan Race training. The durability has been great and the comfort is something I have not ever felt in my previous running shoes. When I started getting my hip and knee pain from the minimalist shoes I decided to try more cushion out. Since using these nikes I have not had hip or knee pain. I would definitely recommend the Nike Free RN Distance. I would get them off of amazon, here are the exact pair I have. The color I have was not my first choice but for the price and what you get out of them, they are for sure the best bang for your buck. I hope you enjoy them!

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Mitch

 

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Product Review: New Balance Minimus with Vibram Technology

Cardio is a huge component of a workout plan. It is essential to get in optimal shape. Running has only been a big part of my workout routine recently. It especially has become important for my training for Spartan Races. When I first started to workout I did not incorporate cardio so much because I was playing basketball all the time, but since now I am not playing any sports I have increased the amount I run immensely.        
     At the beginning of my senior year in high school I sprained my left ankle and broke my right in a 4 month time span. After these two incidents I researched the importance of shoes when it comes to fitness. This led me to the book Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. Through this book I learned that we pretty much don’t need shoes and that as humans we have evolved to run long distances. Not necessarily fast but long. The shoes we have been creating have just been making our feet and the structures around it weaker. This is because with, lets say, high top shoes, the ankle can lean on the high top for support, which makes it work less. So, if you use something less this will lead to it not having to be as strong. That could be why I hurt both of my ankles.
     After learning these concepts I researched some shoes that go along with this idea. In the book they mentioned the Nike Pegasus because it had less support than the normal shoe. It is important to take your time when transitioning to less supportive shoes to make sure your feet and ankles have time to adjust. I really didn’t do that and went straight for the top. The Vibrams. First, I went with the five finger toed shoes that essentially are just padding for the bottom of the feet. After my first run the area around my achilles was so sore, but it felt good to strengthen my ankles up. Next, I moved to the Minimus by New Balance(I linked the newer version). These are conventional shoes, but have no support and only padding for the bottom of the foot. My ankles are now stronger than ever since this transition. I recommend to all my friends to invest in these types of shoes because they help with your future ankle strength so much.  I use to roll my ankles all the time, but now it rarely happens.


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