Posts Tagged ‘Footwear’

As of this week I have logged over 1,000 miles since I have taken up running.  That is approximately the distance from Philadelphia, PA to Iowa City, IA or from Paris, France to Warsaw, Poland.  Of course the latter sounds more adventurous, thus the title of the post.  In my mind, it is a great milestone.  The next milestone is at 2,500 Km.

This also marks almost the end of week six of marathon training.  I should still find a marathon to sign up for.  If I don’t find one, I need to map an uninterrupted route around my area.  I can only imagine running around the area with a road map and hoping not to make a wrong turn.

I have completed two runs, both six miles, since the hydration problem on Sunday.  I have also started drinking a glass of water with a Nuun tab before each run.  A reader and friend of mine turned me on to them.  It makes for a fizzy pre-run beverage.  I have also picked up a new hydration belt, Amphipod RunLite Airstretch 2+.  I will write up a review on it later.  Suffice it to say, it was a necessary addition.

Due to work, I have not been able to stick to my running schedule this week.  Of the three runs planned, I kept two.  Of those two, only one was on the scheduled day.  As long as this does not become a habit, it won’t be a problem.  Why does life get in the way of life?

During these runs I have noticed the pace has slowed.  Both runs have been riddled with shin splints.  I have not had shin splints since my early days of running.  What could be the cause?  After thinking about it, I think it might be the shoes, which are starting to wear out.  What do you guys think?

It has been about 400 miles since my last pair.  It is about time.  Well off to another run, and maybe my final run with these shoes.

Question:

What shoes do you run with, and any suggestions?

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""My pair of Nike Lunar Glide 2

My pair of Nike Lunar Glide 2


MSRP:
$100
Weight: 10.7 oz

First, let us get the science on the table.  Instead of me rewriting or retelling the story of these shoes, here is a video of Nike’s Global Footwear Product Director, Phil McCartney discussing the Lunar Glide 2.


Phil McCartney Discussing Nike Lunar Glide 2

The Nike Lunar Glide 2 is a replacement for my pair of Nike Pegasus 27.  After slipping on the shoes, the first thing I noticed was the weight.  They made the Pegasus feel like boots.  The difference is astounding.  Normally with a lighter weight shoe, you sacrifice support and comfort.  Neither is lost.  As an amateur runner, take this in stride.  This is not a story of Cinderella.  Just slipping it on does not make for a happily-ever-after ending.  This is just the beginning.  A road test was in order.

The shoe is part of the Nike Plus system, though not needed to use these shoes.  I have beaten the Lunar Glide 2 for over fifty miles now on both short (less than 5 miles) and long runs (over 10 miles).  They stood up to both.

During the initial stage of both the long and short runs I am amazed by how little of the impact I felt when my foot lands.  I am a heavy runner, and support and reduction of the impact is very important.  Even after the first run, I thought I might be in the honeymoon period with these new shoes.  By the end of the long runs, I no longer notice the weight of the shoes.  With the Pegasus 27s, I could feel their weight with each swing of my legs.

Nike refers to it a Dynamic Support; I refer it as a feel for the road.  Even with a misplaced landing of my foot, the shoe shifted and gripped the road.  There is an important difference between feeling the impact of the road versus the feel of the road.

The Nike Lunar Glide 3 is now hitting the market, and finding the Lunar Glide 2 is a little harder.  Amazon.com and other online retailers carry some.  Not all sizes are still available.  I purchased mine during a close out sale directly from Nike.  Since I wear a size 13, I was limited on styles, thus the Lunar Green.  These shoes can now be purchased for below $100.  They are well worth the cost, you just may not have a choice in color.