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New Adidas Adizero sports sunglasses

After a couple years of running with my normal prescription sunglasses I finally broke down and bought a pair of sports sunglasses with prescription lenses. I have had enough of constantly pushing my glasses back up my nose because they slid down when the sweat begins. You may remember the product review I wrote in April 2010 for a pair of Ryders Eyewear. The nice folks at Outside PR were nice enough to send me a pair to review. Of course I loved the sunglasses, but was a little disappointed that I could not get them with a prescription. (My wife uses those now, and loves them.)

At first I was already set to shop for a new pair of Oakley sunglasses, but was surprised by the HUGE price Oakley charges for their lenses. (All added up I would be paying around $650 for the sunglasses with spare clear lenses for night running.) You see the trouble is that I do a bunch of running, which means I run during the day and sometimes at night. The pair of glasses I wanted would need to have lenses that could be changed out with clear ones for night running. Enter Adidas.

While at the store looking at Oakley I came to the decision that I would simply live with the way I had been doing things.  But the friendly store owner asked if I had considered other brands, and asked me to try on a pair of Adidas.  When I put them on I was immediately shocked.  They actually fit more comfortable than the Oakley with more adjustments possible, and were about $30 cheaper even before the prescription lenses were calculated. The clerk pointed out that with these glasses I could get lenses much less expensive because they could be made right in the store. (Total price for the glasses with 2 pairs of prescription lenses would only be around $300!) SOLD!

Now that I have had them for around 6 months I figured the time has come to talk about them. THEY ARE GREAT!!!

When running it is easy to get them on and off if I feel the need to wipe the sweat from my face, since I live in Florida and all. They never slide around or bounce as I run. The lenses easily pop in and out so I can switch from polarized to clear, and back again. Plus the stems and nose pads adjust to 3 different positions to allow complete customization. (Of course once you get them set right they will probably never change again.)

Overall I highly recommend these shades, even if you do not need prescription lenses. Enjoy.

Adam closing

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New Nike Free 3.0 shoes

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It seems like only a couple months ago I had just started wearing my last pair of new shoes.  Oh, wait!  It really was only two months ago.  No, the shoes are not worn out already, since I only have 200 miles on them.  However, it is only 5 weeks until the Miami marathon, and I know I will be border line on the timing for needing new shoes.  Because of that I decided to buy the new shoes now and give time to break them in.

So, why did I change my shoe and not go for the “cushy” Nike Zoom Vomero 4 again?  Well, my plantar faciitus (see past post on that) has really become a “pain in the foot”, and I have resorted to running in my old New Balance cross trainers this past week, and my feet are feeling better. (Not healed since that will take some time, but still better.)  This makes it appear as if the cushioned Nike Zoom Vomero 4 shoes may be a partial cause of my problems, so it is time to say goodbye to them. (Of course I will wear them on occasion since they still have more than 100 miles left on them.)

Hearing good things about the Nike Free shoes that are like barefoot running I thought I would give them a shot.  After viewing the customer feedback on the different sites I decided that I would opt for the Nike Free 3.0 instead of 5.0 version.  The 3.0 seemed to get more 30+ mile per week runners, and the feedback was amazing.  The 5.0 seemed to be for the under 20 mile per week crowd, and the feedback was good for them as well, but many complained about rocks getting stuck in the 5.0 treads.  From what I could tell the 3.0 was a bit closer to barefoot running, while the 5.0 had a little more support. (Yes, I know.  I have never been a half-way kinda guy, and went for the 3.0.)  I just wish that Nike would come out with more “realistic” and/or “reserved” colors.  I had to get a black pair like the picture above because there was nothing else available in my size. (NOTE: I ordered a half size larger than I normally wear in running shoes, because the Free shoes run a little small.)

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Time for a new pair of shoes

UPDATE: added on Oct. 28th 2009: I ended up returning the Asics and purchased another pair of Nike Zoom Vomero in a size 10.  The Asics were nice, but not for me.

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Well, it has been 3 months (almost to the day) that I purchased my current running shoes.  I purchased them based on a nice review done on the Runner’s World site of the best new shoes of Spring 2009. (The shoes I chose were not the editors choice, but they were the most improved.)  I purchased the Nike Zoom Vomero+ 4, and I really liked them so the review was correct.  However, after 331 miles the bottoms are very worn and there is almost no tread to mention in the landing points. (I am a forefoot runner, so that means the balls of my feet have no tread below them.  Also since I walk a mile or so after each run the heels were also very worn.)

With my first marathon looming 5 weeks away, I think NOW is the best time to act and get a new pair of shoes well worn in by then.  I was really hoping to get another 100 miles on them, but the Zoom Vomero is a really soft shoe.  This makes it very comfortable to run, but also means that the tread is softer and seems to wear away fast.  I am not a foot dragger either, so the wear is not due to me sliding my feet as I run.

Also, these were my first pair of long distance running shoes so I purchased them based on how they fit, with no consideration of what my feet would do during long runs. (swell a bit)  Needless to say, now that my weekly miles are in the 30+ range with my long runs hitting 15+ miles, my toes hurt for a day after my runs from hitting the ends of the my shoes thousands of times.  (My next pair of shoes will be a size 10 instead of the 9.5 I have now.)

After some research I once again watched the fall 2009 shoe reviews on Runner’s World, and this time the editors choice was the Asics Nimbus 11. (I also read some customer reviews on a few sites that sell them, and they were all good.)  So off to the Sports Authority I went to try out these new shoes “everyone really liked”.  The review was very good and the gel in the shoe is supposed to also provide some cushioning, and to me the sole did not seem as soft as the Zoom Vomero and may wear better.

I will keep you informed on how these shoes wear.  See me again in a few months. 🙂

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Time for new running shoes, clothes, etc.

While I have some downtime I think it is time to gear up.  The cotton T-shirts are not ideal for running in.  Once they get sweaty they stick to me like a second skin, and in hot and sunny Florida that is not good.  Also, I understand that running shorts are much better for long distance than normal basketball/gym shorts for keeping me cool and comfortable. (They have a liner and do not require under garments.)  My shoes are cheap cross trainers, and not really meant to handle lots of miles, and the thick and heavy athletic socks that I normally wear to the gym simply act as sweat creators on my feet.