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    Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    I have a pair of nike free runs from back before they started putting numbers on them, but they look and feel much like the current 5.0s do. I am thinking about moving to the 3.0s for my upcoming marathon, and using my old ones for the shorter runs so i can rotate shoes while training.

    Has anyone else made this switch? How did it work for you? I dont want to switch (and spend $90) and find i cant run long distances in the 3.0s.


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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    I have a pair of nike free runs from back before they started putting numbers on them, but they look and feel much like the current 5.0s do. I am thinking about moving to the 3.0s for my upcoming marathon, and using my old ones for the shorter runs so i can rotate shoes while training.

    Has anyone else made this switch? How did it work for you? I dont want to switch (and spend $90) and find i cant run long distances in the 3.0s.

    Unless you don't like your current ones/5.0s, I wouldn't switch.

    if you're looking for something different, i went from the nike free run 5.0 to these and will never look back.

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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    I second that. Once I went from Nike to Brooks, I'll never go back.



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    I actually upgraded to the Nike Free 7.0 and absolutely love them because they have more lateral support and just as light weight. However, I don't run marathons and I don't know how you could do it with 3.0


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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    I gave up on Nike a long time ago. I'm an asics man



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by isubeatle View Post
    Unless you don't like your current ones/5.0s, I wouldn't switch.

    if you're looking for something different, i went from the nike free run 5.0 to these and will never look back.

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    +1

    I only run in Brooks or Saucony now.



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    I actually upgraded to the Nike Free 7.0 and absolutely love them because they have more lateral support and just as light weight. However, I don't run marathons and I don't know how you could do it with 3.0
    I ran the Des Moines Marathon in Frees. Not sure I'd ever try it again.

    Though there isn't a shoe on earth which leaves your feet feeling fine after 26.2 miles of running.



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    I've been a recreational runner for 15+ years years and have gone through many different brands and models.

    Everyone is different, but if you don't pronate and are okay with a mid-or forefoot strike, it's hard to go wrong with either the Brooks Pure Flow or Cadence. I have the Pure Flow and it's my all time favorite, but my max distance in it is a half marathon.

    The Cadence has a little more stability so might be a better choice for the marathon. They'll set you back about $120 I think -- try them out at your local running store if they'll let you (not sure what's around the CR/Iowa City area).



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Go2Guy View Post
    I actually upgraded to the Nike Free 7.0 and absolutely love them because they have more lateral support and just as light weight. However, I don't run marathons and I don't know how you could do it with 3.0
    I ran the Des Moines Marathon in Frees. Not sure I'd ever try it again.Though there isn't a shoe on earth which leaves your feet feeling fine after 26.2 miles of running.
    I would respectfully disagree. My Vomero 4's were super cushy, and my feet felt great after my marathon. Quads, hamstrings, etc. were wrecked, but none of the foot pain I assumed I would have. The newer Vomeros have been disappointing, and I've moved on from Nike, but they were the right shoe for me at that time.

    Take your time looking and get fitted. It's worth it given how much stress you will be subjecting your feet to, not just in the event, but in all the training leading up to the event. Don't be afraid to look outside your favorite brand. There are a number of great manufacturers.

    Plenty of people just power through ill fitting shoes, or simply don't understand how much science goes into a pair of shoes. Sometimes you're lucky enough to slip on something that happens to suit your gait, or maybe you're neutral enough that most shoes are fine. For me, it's not worth the chance of injury to avoid doing a little research. Hell, as an engineer I really can't help myself, but to each his own.

    For the record, I bought a pair of Frees right when they came out and loved running in them, but I never ran more than 5 miles at that point. I'm also a little heavier runner than I was then, despite running more miles now. Shoe fit has become a lot more critical beyond 30.



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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    I have a pair of nike free runs from back before they started putting numbers on them, but they look and feel much like the current 5.0s do. I am thinking about moving to the 3.0s for my upcoming marathon, and using my old ones for the shorter runs so i can rotate shoes while training.

    Has anyone else made this switch? How did it work for you? I dont want to switch (and spend $90) and find i cant run long distances in the 3.0s.
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    Re: Nike Free Runs: 5.0 vs 3.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    I have a pair of nike free runs from back before they started putting numbers on them, but they look and feel much like the current 5.0s do. I am thinking about moving to the 3.0s for my upcoming marathon, and using my old ones for the shorter runs so i can rotate shoes while training.

    Has anyone else made this switch? How did it work for you? I dont want to switch (and spend $90) and find i cant run long distances in the 3.0s.
    Go to Running Wild, in Coralville. I can't recommend this highly enough. They are almost completely staffed by Exercise Science majors from the University of Iowa, and they absolutely know what they are talking about. They have you walk barefoot over a lengthy stretch, observing your pronation/supination and muscle movement in the lower legs, then make recommendations on different types of shoes for the distances that you're interested in running. Definitely worth the time.



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