Running Trainers vs Racing Flats v Cushion Runners

– We’re talking racing flats
versus trainers, versus … (whoosh) When I was at my race
pace of around four … (whoosh) That’s shedding for the day. (upbeat electronic music) Morning trainiacs. Very, very purposeful run there. 19.05 kilometers, we’re talking
somewhere around 12 miles, in one hour, 30 minutes, and 14 seconds. In that run I did four times
10 minutes at race pace. 4:30 per kilometer, and went okay. Went pretty good. I didn’t mind it at all. Wasn’t however, an unscathed kind of run. Look at this. Oh boy. Yeah. Brand new running shoes. The On running Cloudflow, Cloudtech? I think Cloudflow. Went for the first run with
them yesterday on the treadmill and it wore a little bit
of rough spot in my heel. Then today, it’s not to say
I don’t like them actually. I’m a big fan of the cloud runners. Actually, you know what? Give me a few weeks. I’ll do a full review on these. That actually gets me thinking. You know what we’re gonna do today? We’re gonna do, why I like these. These are racing flats. These are really aggressive. And why I also like trainers,
which are not so aggressive. Then also when and why I like
really big built up shoes, and what the differences are. When you should use them. When you shouldn’t use them. Who should use them. So we’re talking racing
flats versus trainers, versus built up, maximal running shoes. Okay? After a smoothie and some bandaids. Alright trainiacs, alright. Alright. Alright. Let’s talk about racing flats,
versus your primary trainers, versus your maximal, built up shoes. How we’re gonna do this
is very good lookingly. Eh, eh? How good does that look? Okay, so I like to use
all these types of shoes for different purposes. Your racing flats, these are really light. These are coming in anywhere between about four and seven ounces. They’re called racing flats because they tend to be a really low
drop from the heel to the toe. Maybe a couple millimeters. There’s also not a lot of
cushioning underneath the foot. Like this is the closest you can get to wearing a sock while running. Why a lot of, say, five
K runners, track runners, really short distance
runners like to use these, are because they’re so light, and because you can really get
up on the balls of your foot. You can get up and really open
up your stride very easily. Like today, what I was finding is that when I was at my race
pace of around four … You got something to say, Grace? When I was at my race pace of
around four and a half minutes per kilometer, I had a hard time just keeping that with these runners. However these runners allowed
me to very easily get up to the 4:15, 4:10. And that felt really good. I could feel the road really well. It’s easy to get up and really open up your stride with these. However, the downside to them is that there’s not a lot of cushioning,
so it beats up your body quite a bit, and they tend
not to last very long. Primarily what I like to train in is what are called main trainer shoes. These tend to have a
weight anywhere in between about seven and nine ounces. If they are a minimal shoe
the drop from the heel to the toe might be about
the same as a racing flat. But you’ve got a much more
built up heel and forefoot. Whereas this might be anywhere between about 10 and 15 millimeters,
underneath your foot. This is more like 15 to 20, 22 thereabout. These tend to be really
good all around shoes. If you’re looking for only one shoe, I would recommend a main trainer. Often if you get a good
shoe with a really nice tread pattern, it can do your off-road, it can do your gravel,
it can do your road, it can do your track workouts. Whereas the racing flat is
really only good for your speed work, your racing,
your track workouts. You don’t wanna be putting
in a ton of miles on these. Whereas you can put in
a ton of miles on these. Depending on the manufacturer, these might last anywhere
from 150 to 250 or 300 miles. Whereas these racing flats tend
to be somewhere around 100. Maybe even less. There are some racing flats out there that I think you use
them for one marathon. That’s it. Throw them away. These are easier on your body. These are easier to put in long miles on. This is your bread and butter shoe. Then we get into these maximal shoes. The Hokas. Now, there are more than one company now doing these maximal shoes. These tend to be, these
are the Clifton threes. These are a little bit
rare because these come in I think around eight ounces. But maximal shoes tend to
be like nine ounces plus. Nine ounces to somewhere around 13 ounces. The heel, I believe on these
is around 27 millimeters and the forefoot is about 24. So I’m still not getting
a huge heel to toe drop but I’ve got a ton of
cushioning underneath the shoe. Lately I actually haven’t
been using these at all. Granted, when I did the review of them, I said that you can use them for trail, you can use them for track, you can use them for your speed work. But I just find that
I don’t really want to because there’s so much going on with these built up,
maximal shoes that I find I can’t get into a natural gait. I can’t feel the ground. I can’t feel the turns. I feel like I’m running on smushy clouds. And it interferes with my body’s ability to move the way that it wants to move. Now, granted, when I was using these, I really liked it on recovery days. I liked it on days where
I was already beat up. But what I’m finding now,
is if I manage my running and my build up better, I don’t
really have that many runs that I am beat up going into it. So did I like these when I tried them out? Yeah, but I sort of look
at the longevity of a shoe, the usefulness of a shoe, the
broad application of a shoe. Basically as simply as, do
I keep going back to it? And I didn’t. No, I still probably only
have about 75 miles in this. The nice thing about these
built up, maximal shoes is that because there’s
so much cushioning, there’s so much more cushioning
to take that pounding, they last a long time. I’ve had three pairs of
Hokas and I didn’t max out on using them even once. I just ended up getting new models to try and that was how the old ones went away. Now … Now, we gotta go put a shed together, because tomorrow is garage tear down day. New Triathlon Taren
headquarters is well underway. So ugly out there. You notice how we got lights on midday? Just miserable out there. (upbeat electronic music) (electric drill turning) Battery died. Last panel up. How do I get up? (clanking) Like a ring tailed lemur. Alright, that’s shedding for the day. Good shedding with you.

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