Friday, April 19, 2013

Fitness Friday: Why Nike Free's weren't for me.

As you may or may not know, I've become an avid runner. I love to run, running is my safe place. I bought myself these shoes about 3 months ago and in the beginning I loved them. They are extremely light, and when I say extremely, I mean extremely. They are very breathable which I loved too. I'd have an actual pictures of my shoes, but they are muddy and not very cute as they are 3 months old and I've already had to buy new shoes, these are the exact same shoes that I have though, same color and everything.  

I've seen pictures of these shoes everywhere, I bought them because they were on sale so there was my first major no-no. I run about 6-8 miles a week, and they were awesome with that. Then I started trail running 4.5 miles a stretch and I did that twice a week. 

First reason why they didn't get on with me, they gave me shin splints really bad. If you don't know what that is here's a quick description straight from google: Acute pain in the shin and lower leg caused by prolonged running, usually on hard surfaces-- Basically a deep sometimes throbbing pain in the shins while and after running. I always stretch so it wasn't that. The shin splints started before I started trail running. Basically the little support the shoe was giving me, was gone. 

I have a generally normal stride, don't step on the outer sides more or anything; generally pretty straight. I'd know because when I got my new shoes I went to somewhere that knew what they were doing. 

Second reason they didn't get on with me, they only lasted 50 miles or so. I started off easy into my running maybe a mile at a time. Then upped it to 2-3 and so on. So 3 months later and I hit 50 miles including my rest weeks because of the shin splints. A good pair of running shoes should typically last you about 250-350 miles. These shoes only lasted me about 50. 

What I believe Nike Free's would be good for:

  • Aerobics
  • Weight lifting
  • Basic gym activities 
  • Other things besides straight running

They would be a good pair of gym shoes if you go to the gym and do other things besides treadmill. I'll still use them, just not for running. 

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