Thursday, May 26, 2011

Of all the mistakes that I made last summer in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, I often wonder if my biggest was the perceived necessity to wear a “real shoe”.  This is to say that I eventually decided to get a pair of Saucony Kinvaras.  

While a great shoe, and highly recommended for those looking to start down the minimal footwear path, it was too much shoe for me and I paid for it.  I had never had any knee pain in my life prior to the marathon, but the moment I switched to the Kinvara (under the assumption that I needed the padding for the distance to be covered) things started to hurt.  Post-marathon I dumped them completely and went back to the shoe that never let me down despite having next to zero padding, the Nike XC Streak.NIKE ZOOM STREAK XC 2 11.5

I’m definitely a forefoot striker, almost to the point of “prancing” as has been pointed out by my running partner.  Despite the less than masculine moniker, I’m pretty happy with the form I have and as I discovered yesterday, I go more midfoot the faster I attempt to run.  This makes the Streak the perfect shoe for my gait.  It’s cheap too.  If you visit Pete Larson’s fantastic blog at (enormously comprehensive if you’re looking to do some research into running form etc.), he has a 10% off coupon for which is easily one of the best places to get your shoes online.  If you live in California it gets even better as they offer free overnight shipping as opposed to the free two day shipping you might receive in another state.  So I plunked down my 50 bucks and got a new pair with the intent of not switching again, at least that’s my thinking this week.

The more I think about it, the more I realize this was what likely made me a bit frisky yesterday when I ripped off 9 miles at an 8:20 pace.  While not fast for many, this was flying as far as I was concerned.  It was nice and cool, with some rain coming down as a light mist.  For whatever reason, I felt good and went with it; my thinking was that I would just take it easier today than I otherwise might have done.  I realized however, that when I finally powered down for the evening, I was smoked like a bag of beef jerky.  To say nothing of the crap I was bound to get from my running partner as I am usually the one preaching the "go slow" philosophy when the schedule calls for it.  But I digress. . .

So, as of right now, I’m sticking with the Streaks for slow to moderate runs and Bikilas for most of my speed work.  Next week, I’m going to order some New Balance MT101s and give those a whirl on some trail runs.  I’m fairly sure that as much as I love the Streaks, they aren’t going to survive the pounding that a trail is going to give them.  Standby for a review of those.

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