Nike Free Rn Distance Reassessment

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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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KT Tape and Rocktape Review

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Recently, I sprained my ankle 2 weeks before a race, which I discuss here. Once I was able to run again, I wanted to stop using my ankle brace. My ideology is that my ankle’s muscles are relying on the brace and don’t need to strengthen. So, when I don’t use a brace, I must be more carful, but I am strengthening my ankle. In addition, I did not want to use the brace in the Spartan Race, but on my longer runs and especially on trails, I needed a little extra support for my ankle. That’s where KT Tape and Rocktape come in.

Kinesiology Tape

KT Tape and Rocktape are two brands of kinesiology tape. There are many ideas about what kinesiology tape can do for an individual. It gives extra support to an injured area, assists with pain and inflammation, directly affects muscle tone and much more. However, a lot of these ideas are under question if the tape actually does these things. Using the kinesiology tape for my ankle was my first experience with the technology. I thoroughly recommend it. Even if it doesn’t do the proposed benefits, it can act as a placebo, so you feel more comfortable when performing with your injury.

KT Tape vs Rocktape

KT Tape comes in pre-cut 10 inch strips, while you must cut your own strips with the Rocktape. The KT Tape pre cut strips are convenient, but prevent a customized tape job. I would prefer the Rocktape in that case.  Another difference is the packaging they come in. The KT Tape comes in a plastic container that is sealable, while the Rocktape is only in a paper container. In this case I prefer the KT Tape. Sometimes it rains at the location of the Spartan Race and the KT Tape container would protect it from moisture. That is practically the only differences between the two tapes.

Final Thoughts

Overall they are a great alternative to the bulky and sometimes heavy braces for certain injuries. Both of the tapes websites offer instructional videos on how to apply the tape for certain injuries. In addition, there are certain variations of the tapes that can be used in water. The water resistance is great for those Spartan Races where you traverse through bodies of water. I hope you don’t have an injury to need kinesiology tape, but if you do, KT Tape and Rocktape will do the job!!

Mitch

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