7 miles tonite.
Originally Posted by jbarwick
I have a question as my Googling skills were not turning up anything useful:
I usually run in a 8mm drop. My current NB 890v2 have an 8mm drop starting at roughly 28mm in the heel then going to 20-21mm in the forefoot. I am thinking of switching to the NB 1400 with a similar drop but starts at 24-25mm in the heel. Am I going to run into minimalist issues (calf or Achilles pain) or just lower life expectancy of my trainers? I've read a 4mm drop and below start the true minimalist drops.
Originally Posted by Michigan Planner
I am no expert, but I don't think you should experience too much of a difference because of where the drop seems to start. The main thing is the drop itself. I would imagine that unless you are really striking the sole/arch of your foot on the ground, it would still be the very forefront and the very back of the shoe (and the sides to a degree) where the impact is occurring.
FWIW though, I've never really considered the 1400s to be serious running shoes though. I think they look great, but are like the Sauconey Jazz in that they are a design that has been eclipsed by other technologies and are kept around more for aesthetic reasons. The 1400s look much better with a pair of jeans or casual chinos (if that's your thing) than the 890s would.
My 2 cents: I own both shoes (890 & MR1400). I actually own a lot of shoes, but really only have a few "go to" race shoes. I am very impressed with the 1400's. I wore them this year for a Half, a couple long runs to test them longer, and then on my last marathon. Nothing but positive things to say about them. Very light but still a good cushion. I'd disagree about wearing them with jeans. They are ugly as hell, but a great running shoe. If you like a "hard ride" shoe, these may not be for you. This only applies to the version 1 shoe, I see a version 2 just came out so no idea about them.
As for drop in shoes, until you get below 4mm, you don't have anything to worry about for minimalist. The weight will play into that as much or more than the drop. The 1400's are 7.1 oz's. Nothing to worry about. 4-8 mm drop are nice shoes to get a lower weight but still get a good mid foot strike. I still run in the Brooks ST5 racers and love them too for longer runs (12mm drop). If you want cushion with a "mid" drop, the Saucony Guide 6 is a really nice shoe too. 8mm drop with lots of cushion. A bit bulky to run long at 9.8 oz. but good for an hour run around the neighborhood.
Originally Posted by Fueco
Back to running... I'm about to sign up for the Rocky Raccoon 100.
5.25 on trails last night. Out for more in a bit...
Hell ya Fueco, I was looking at that race myself but it's too early in season to train and too soon for me to hit a 100m. I did plan to get in a 50K early in year and there is a 100K in spring that I'm going to do. Rocky Raccoon is an awesome goal.