Thursday, July 1, 2010
It's been an interesting 10 days. For the past 10 days I've only run in zero dropped running shoes, the Nike Free 3.0 and Asics Hyperspeed (my primary running shoe is the Evo). I've run in these shoes with no issue, injury or problem. It begs one question. How critical is ground feel? Or, is the heel build-up that is the primary issue? I know GB said this months ago but it didn't hit me until recently. There's a threshold of course but by and large, cushion isn't bothering me even as it removes some of the ground feel but the cushion amount needs to stay in the area of cushion on most racing shoes (4mm - 15mm).
I'm starting to believe shoes and cushion aren't bad if the shoe is (1) zero dropped to remove any heel differential and (2) very flexible. On the other hand, what is bad is (1) heel build-up and (2) arch support, especially any plastic or material in the arch area that makes the arch area rigid.
I know every runner is different and this is my evolution but thought I'd share it. Tuck predicted I'd end up like Anton K.; he's probably right!!!
Posted by - at 8:08 PM