A Racing Flat with Nerve

As you gear up for spring races, consider a Brooks racing flat. The Brooks Nerve LD sells for about $50, providing solid performance without overwhelming cost. If you’re prepping to race 800 to 5000 meters (or even longer), be sure to check out the Brooks Nerve LD. The Running Network says:

By managing the longer distances in an economical fashion, the Nerve picks up where the Brooks line left off last season. A capable little sibling to the Z1, every feature has been scaled back just enough to trim the cost while still providing performance. The upper is attractive, ventilated and offers a secure fit. The midsole provides enough cushioning for successful racing or faster training sessions. The spikeplate is effective, comfortable to run on and, with a variety of placements for the seven spikes, adjustable.

Check it out today!

March 25, 2006 | by Admin

Speed for $55

Over recent years, Mizuno has adapted their spikes to meet the demands of a broader range of American sprinters. When it comes to racing flats, it’s worth checking out the Mizuno Speed 2005, sprinting off the shelves for just $55. Running Network.com recommends it.

In updating the Speed this spring, the proven rubber outersole and nylon spikeplate remain while the upper has been redesigned for better performance. Tailored to hug the foot and visually reminiscent of the Tokyo of recent seasons, the Speed 2005 is designed to appeal to developing sprinters.

Sizes: men/unisex 6-13 * Weight: 6.6 oz. (size 9) * Upper: mesh, synthetic overlays * Midsole: EVA * Outersole: rubber heel, nylon spikeplate, eight spikes * Recommended for: sprints up to 400 meters; training and competition on all track surfaces.

March 21, 2006 | by Admin

Racing Flats: To Wear or not to Wear

Those of you in the racing world know the benefits of racing flats. While a number of websites out there promote the shoes, and a variety of racing flat shoes are available to those who are interested in using them, consider these facts before whipping out your checkbook:

-For short distance races, and for runners with minimal pronation/supination problems, these are great shoes to run in! They’re extremely lightweight (2-4 oz less than a regular trainer) and can help you pare down your race time unlike any other shoe.

-Racing flats provide very little duraiblity, stability, flexibility, or support compared to training shoes. If you have motion problems (as I do), I would NOT recommend running in these for training purposes.

-Even the most biomechanically efficient runners should only consider using these shoes for short runs. If you are planning to run a marathon, for example, the long-term damage that a racing flat can’t prevent could be far bigger than the 10 seconds you shave off of your time.

So in sum: Short distances + Good stride = something to consider; Long races + Bad stride equals a recipe for disaster. If you think these shoes may be right for you, we will be posting a variety of racing flat reviews over the next several months. Keep your eyes open for the one for you!

February 19, 2006 | by Admin