Have you ever stuffed marshmallows into your sneakers and then proceeded to go on a brisk 5 mile run before? Well me neither, but I would assume the feeling would be akin to running in a pair of lightweight Nike Frees.
I have been wearing Nike Frees for about 6 years now and absolutely love them. My feet have adjusted to their lightweight design so I don’t worry about the dreaded “foot fatigue” that occurs when first running in these uber-flexible types of shoes. It takes some time for the muscles in your feet to adjust to the extra flexibility and movement that barefoot-type running shoes afford, but apparently my feet are toned enough at this point to handle it.
The Nike Free line has greatly expanded since the first design debuted back in 2005. When I was recently browsing for new kicks it was pretty difficult for me to wrap my head around all of the different models. Thankfully the Nike Running Store employees are very knowledgable, so I finally learned that the major difference between the 3.0 – 7.0 models is the sole thickness. The 7.0 has the thickest sole for the most support, while the 3.0 has the smallest heel thickness and offers a more authentic barefoot running feel. I chose to go with the 5.0s for more support since in my prior life as a soccer player, I bruised my heel pretty badly from unsupportive cleats.
A question for all of you long distance runners out there – have any of you ran a marathon in Nike Frees before? Is the lightweight design supportive enough to prevent injuries when training for long distance races?
And now the moment of truth – Introducing my brand-spanking new Nike Free 5.0s! Aren’t they pretty?:
I’m ready to kick some butt tomorrow – let’s go.