Friday, March 6, 2009

Podcast 006: Flats as Trainers?

Audio Description: Going minimalist with your training shoe will actually prevent injury. Trade in your heavy trainer for a racing flat!

Material Source: Triathlon, April 2009, StarTribune, German ultra magazine Spiridon, SportScience.

Songs Used: Collarbone by Fujiya And Miyagi; Lose Yourself by Eminem

Duration: 22 minutes, 44 seconds

Date Last Updated: Fri 06 Mar 2009 10:17:47 PM CDT

File Size: 21.3 MB

Shoes Discussed

Vibram USA Inc. FiveFingers
Touted as the first footwear to offer "the sensation of going barefoot with the protection and security of a sole," Vibram's FiveFingers shoe-gloves have toe slots, stretchy synthetic uppers and thin rubber soles. $70 and up.

Rubber lugs extend a quarter-inch from the base of the forefoot region on these high-end runners. The design attempts to promote an efficient and natural technique, minimizing heel-striking and increasing speed. $155 and up.

Inov-8 applies a barefoot philosophy to trail runners, reducing padding in many models to sell shoes with a low-profile midsole and mesh uppers that offer only mediocre protection. The result? Natural foot flex on the trail in shoes that weigh half as much as the competition. Model F-Lite 230, $90.

Deep grooves in the sole grant these Nikes the flexibility to move naturally with your foot and "activate" foot muscles, according to the company. Nike sells three "levels" of Free shoes, letting you pick a padded version on down to a minimalist racing flat. $60 and up.

Nike Lunaracer+
The Nike Lunaracer+ Men's Running Shoe is the answer for the fleet-footed runner who wants it all—a light-as-a-feather, low-profile shoe with inherent stability and remarkably plush cushioning. Nike+ enabled for instant workout feedback when used with either a Nike+ SportBand or an iPod® nano and Nike + iPod Sport Kit. Highly breathable upper with Flywire for ultra-lightweight support and comfort. $100.


Borsch said...

Thanks for the info! Eagan LT is my 'home' gym also. The 10 am wave? I heard there were only 50 people signed up and I'm in wave 5 starting at 8:20. I must have been mis-informed.

Hope to see you there!

Adam said...

I use Nike Free all the time and mostly at work bc I have to stand all day and they help out a lot. I train in the Nike Marathoner which is a flat and the Kukini (old old free style) for track. I just got some Injinji socks and I will let you know how they are. I would like to try the lunars when my current shoes wear out.

Brian said...

Adam - Roadrunner sports has the Luna's on sale right now for $74.95.