Tag Archives: Minimalist running

Miles Aren’t All That Matters

28 Nov

I spent some time reflecting on the Atlanta Half Marathon over the weekend, and how I managed to improve on my 2010 time this year.

It’s undeniable – from the standpoint of mileage between August and race day, I dropped more than 70 miles (about 1/3 of my total last year) from training this year.  That’s a significant decline in mileage as I see it when you are preparing for a race of a half marathon distance.

So how did I improve my time by more than a minute versus last year, and run a half marathon at a 7:30 per mile pace?

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Review: Brooks Pure Connect

21 Nov

I’ve been going down the road of “Minimalist” running shoes for almost a year and a half now.

My first pair were Nike’s Free Run+. They had a lot I loved about them – a really flexible sole, lightweight, and an upper that was essentially a one-piece sock that wrapped around your foot. I ran most of my training leading up to my first half marathon as well as the race in this shoe, as well as a 5k and 10k after that. As it stands now, my personal records for the 10k and Half Marathon are in this shoe.

In March I acquired a pair of Brooks Green Silence. A little bit lighter, with an upper that has good ventilation and wraps around your foot well. It has a little bit less of a heel-to-toe drop than the Nike Free Run+. This shoe was my shoe for most of this year – with a Peachtree Road Race run in it and then my 5k Personal Record last month.

Along the way I threw a pair of Vibram Five Fingers into the mix to work on form training. These have become my favored shoe for weight lifting as well.

So with my overall win at the Lily’s Run last month, I was awarded a free pair of shoes of my choice from Fleet Feet Sports Johns Creek. My short list of shoes was the Brooks Pure Connect, Nike’s Free Run v3.0, and any Cross Country flats they might have in stock.

The winner after some runs around the shopping mall? The Brooks Pure Connect.
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