Easy 4.0 & Nike – RunLog 7-13-18

Well it seems as though I am stuck in a time/space vortex continuum. The more I look at my current running shoe rotation, the more I see the big swoosh on the side. Yeah, it seems that Nike is starting to really dominate what I am running in lately.

This morning I ran an easy 4.0 mile recovery run, after yesterday’s tough trail “speedwork” session. The legs were pretty well toast and while I had a couple of places where I had a nice stride, it was all about getting the legs loosened up and doing strides when I was done.

My Nike Pegasus 33 Shield’s did quite well, although they are a bit warm for running this time of year, they are pretty comfortable.

Actually I didn’t have a lot of choice about running in the Peg 33’s.

Another Hole Forming

I have run in quite a few brands and models this year and while the rotation has been shrinking steadily to the Nike universe, this morning I was getting ready to do a nice 4.0 mile recovery run in my GoRun Ride 7’s and looked at the inside of the heel. I have been running in the quite a bit the past couple of weeks.

Unfortunately, after just over 50 miles – I am starting to wear a hole through the heel liner and within another 50 miles or less that hole will be through to the plastic heel counter. I can definitely see the hole forming and feel the roughness. It is going to be an issue going forward.

Which sucks!!!

Since I really, really love running in the GRR7’s. I can run any distance and pretty much any kind of road run that I do in them. Unfortunately, this was the primary problem that I experience with the first pair that I had. Unfortunately, as that hole gets worse, it is going to cause blisters on that heel. Athough, when I think back, I have been noticing a little soreness in my left heel after wearing them lately and I am pretty sure that wear spot is the problem. I guess I just attempted to ignore it, but I can’t any longer.

No, I don’t really blame the GRR7’s, this has happened with other brands and models – my left heel has chewed through a lot of heel counters over the years – something about my left heel and my running form.

Choices

This meant looking at my shoe inventory today for a decent long, easy/recovery run shoe. About the only daily trainer I have left that I have been running well in lately – are the Pegasus 33 Shield. Which is a bit warmer shoe for running around in July too much. I have been saving them for rainy days and the fall when the temps are cooler.

Although the Peg 33’s did fine this morning, in temps that were in the high 70’s, anything much above that and the feet do get a bit warm. So that pretty much leaves me with the deal with sweaty feet and when I look at the other alternatives, they all have things that make them less than ideal.

  • Asics RoadHawks (not a good recovery run shoe and too firm for me to be a long run shoe)
  • Newton Gravity 2 (I can use them up to 4-5 miles before the POP1 pod starts to bother)
  • Topo Ultra Fly v1 (not great for long runs, but will do if I have to)
  • Skechers Forza 3’s (to firm, plus I kick the insides of my legs way too much due to the wide heel flare and don’t have a lot of confidence in them on sand/tar – I still have scars from the last time I ran in them)
  • Of the choices I have for daily trainers, the Peg 33’s are the most comfortable for me to run in. Well the Wildhorse v1’s are doing a pretty remarkable job of being comfortable and what that would mean is that I would have to do more recovery and other routine runs on local trails versus the roads or do laps down-back on the dirt road, until I figure things out. Not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Lot of thinking to do over the next few weeks.
  • The reality is that

  • I am not brand centric when it comes to my running shoes and am rather skeptical that one particular brand’s running shoes will be the answer, after so many years of searching for ones that work for me.
  • Although it seems like I am headed back to Nike running shoes for a while at least, the same way I went back to Apple computers. Both brands just seem work for me, without a lot of fuss and muss. Maybe that is what I need to focus on – finding what works for me, versus looking for the next great thing.
  • I know that the Nike shoes that I am currently running in, are not the newest and greatest running shoes that Nike has released. You know the stuff that Running Shoe Geeks everywhere are adding their two cents about.
  • Especially, running shoes like the Vapor Fly 4%’s (wouldn’t I love a pair of size 8.0’s or 8.5’s to show up on the door step), the Pegasus 35 or the Turbo Pegasus that will be released on 7/19/18 and all those other recent releases that I and so many others have been drooling about.
  • The Nike running shoes that I have been running are the older models – Nike Wildhorse V1, Pegasus 33 and soon the Speed Rival 6. The discounted, last year’s models, or found on eBay — those forgotten shoes, that hang around for the rest of us, who tend to shop more on the cheap, but still love shoes that seem to work quite nicely even if they are old news.
  • My birthday is just over a couple weeks away and I might ask for a pair of daily trainers – mmmmm maybe a pair of Peg 35’s. I just cannot justify the $250 for VF 4% (even if I could find a pair to buy) and at $180 for the Pegasus Turbo that are coming out this month are hard for me to even think about.
  • So price is a factor to consider and I know that I could get by for while without getting any more new shoes. Although it would be nice to get a pair of the bright red Peg 35’s in my size.
  • We will see.