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In the months leading up to the Marine Corps Marathon, I ran at least 80% of my runs in stability shoes and maybe 20% of my runs in lightweight or minimal shoes. After learning about the benefits of barefoot and minimalist running, I was interested in trying out some lightweight shoes myself but wasn’t going to try to make a switch while marathon training.
(Please note: PLEASE be careful when trying out barefoot/minimalist running shoes. They take some getting used to. You can learn more about Minimus shoes and minimal running here. )
After the marathon, I started running in New Balance 1400s, a lightweight shoe. I started out wearing these lighter shoes just for speedwork, but by the end of my D.C. Half training, I was also wearing them for my long runs, too.
We were given our choice of several NB shoes for this review, and I decided to go for the Minimus 10v2 Road. Made with a Vibram sole, the shoe provides support where your feet need it the most (see the blue on the sole below.)
Its 4mm drop (difference in height between heel and forefoot) keeps your feet connected with the sole and close to the ground.
Also, they’re gorgeous. Do you see how, on the left, the tongue is not separate from the rest of the shoe? This burrito-wrapping offers extra support to your feet. The meshy material of the shoes is also incredibly breathable; I accidentally had to hop through a little creek yesterday on my run (#whencitygirlsgotojerseyandgetlostonatrail) and they were mostly dry by the time I got home 15 minutes later.
I also tried them out today when I took out my new heart rate monitor to find out my maximum heart rate (more on that later) and took ‘em for a spin around my high school’s track, and I swear, I felt like I had wings on my feet.
Size-wise, it’s worth noting that these run a bit big. I’m usually a 9.5 in regular shoes and a 10.5 in other New Balance running shoes. I requested these in a 10.5, too, and they’re a little big.
I think it’s safe to say these beauts will make it into my regular running shoe rotation, especially for speedwork, short races and short runs.
Have you ever tried minimalist running shoes? Do you wear different shoes for different types of runs? (I never did until I got the freebie ones, and I don’t think you have to at all, but I have started loving lighter shoes for faster workouts.)
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