Running is a long way from being my favourite exercise. I don’t mind running around work as I get to run in the bush, and the views and terrain are interesting. For years I have run in a range of minimalist shoes, starting with several pairs of Vibram FiveFingers, and more recently in Merrell Trail Gloves. The common feature of these is basically zero cushioning.
However, I think partly due reduced fitness and regularity but probably also age, I’ve been feeling like going back to “normal shoes”.
Aside from these shoes, I’ve always worn Nike. I’m just stubborn that way, so my new shoes were always going to be from Nike. Currently for some models you can custom design a pair, just for you, for just an extra $20, delivered. Its a pretty cool system and you can save designs. You can change an enormous amount of the shoe and get some really wild designs. Took about 3 weeks from placing the order.
So that’s what I did and here are my bright red and black Air Pegasus 37.
(The red is more crimson than orange in real life).
But I am struggling a little in these shoes. They feel really tall and bouncy. But that’s no surprise.
The other problem is that after about 2-3km my feet ache a little in the arch. I put it down to three things…. I’ve not really gone for a run for several months. I’m running on concrete and asphalt (as I prepare for my annual run test) instead of my usual bush trails. And these shoes have actual shape in the soles, so an arch etc which the previous nearly 8 years of shoes did not. So I’m hoping after a couple more runs (it’s only been 2 so far) my feet will adjust. I still have a few weeks before my test, so I will have worn my shoes and my feet in by then.
I would love to sing the praises of these shoes, but it’s probably almost never since I had actual running shoes (that weren’t minimalist) so its hard for me to say. I am positive about them and that my feet will get used to the different style soon.