A Trip to the Hills and a New Shoe Experiment


Training: Sunday I headed out for 20 miles in the hills of Marlboro. I had mapped this out earlier in the week on MapMyRun. After mapping it I also drove it on my way home from work one night. I realized driving it that it had some nasty hills at the exact halfway point. I went back and forth with myself about whether I should run the hills in the middle of a 20 miler but ended up doing it, mainly because I was too lazy to map another alternate route. I’m glad I did, it was a great run, I will probably hit this route at least one more time before the marathon.

Shoes: I was looking at the tread wear on a pair of my oldest Brooks Adrenalines recently and decided to take them to my local running store. After looking at them the guy there confirmed that I am not a heel striker, I am landing mostly mid foot. On top of that my right foot is mostly neutral, with my left foot needing a little more stability. I had always assumed I was a heel striker (since most “experts” tout that as bad) and always leaned towards wearing high stability shoes. I trained for most of the Philadelphia Marathon in the high stability Brooks Trance (I am now wondering if maybe that played a part in my injury last season).

So I will probably be sticking with the lower stability Adrenalines for a while. However, on a whim I decided to try a pair of the Nike Free 3.0. Matt Fitzgerald is a fan of the Free in Brain Training for Runners, and I found a screaming deal on them at Running Warehouse so I figured I’d give them a try. Nike advertises the Free 3.0 as a minimalist shoe designed for neutral to mild overpronators for stengthening the feet. They are a far cry from the heavily cushioned running shoes on the market, and are supposed to be closer to the feel of barefoot running. Initially I will only wear them once a week for shorter distance running since most of my other shoes are nearing their life expectancy. If I hate running in them they are my new street shoes, since I think they look kind of cool.

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9 Responses to A Trip to the Hills and a New Shoe Experiment

  1. Denise says:

    I’m curious to hear how you like the new shoes. Some people are saying the closer to barefoot the better, but I just don’t know if I buy it.

  2. Ambitious 20 miler with those hills, you’re a tough man. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how the shoes are for you, looking forward to your review.

  3. Ted says:

    You ROCK dude !!! Way to go with the 20 miler !!! I do look forward to your review on the new shoes. I have another suggestion. There is a cool running store in Shrewsbury and it is called Road Runner store. They do heck of a good job analyzing your style, arch type and others. They will be able to tell you what kind of running shoes would be good for you based on their finding.

  4. Laurel says:

    I love how you are too lazy to map out another run, but not lazy enough to actually run a hilly, 20 miler. LOL!

  5. FLYERS26 says:

    Hills & shoes.. seems like that is the theme of the week.
    Everyone has run them, and needed new kicks!
    Good luck with the shoes, I love my new Kayano 15’s!
    Any more thought on the Ocean Drive?

  6. Michelle says:

    Woah a 20 miler!!!

    I am living vicariously though all of my running blogger buddies!

    Thanks for taking me along!!!

    Good luck with your new kicks!

  7. Blyfinn says:

    20 miles in the hills? That is awesome.

  8. SuperDave says:

    Awesome on the 20 miler!
    It’s funny that you posted about shoes. I have been battling with picking the “right” shoe for myself. There are so many choices out there. If shoes weren’t going for >$100 a pop then we could try a few different kind. I would love to be able to run 5 -10 miles on a shoe and return them if they didn’t work. So much for my idea….

  9. Peter Larson says:

    How are things going with the Nike Free 3.0’s? I bought a pair a few months ago and love them – probably my favorite running shoe right now.

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