Loved the lunarglides when they came out, ran in Asics ds trainers for years before, and had two pairs of the pink/grey ones in 2009. Then they updated the shoe to the lunarglide +2 and I cant get on with it at all, it feels really hard and clunky and has makes my feet hurt.
Has anyone else suffered similar and as I cant get hold of the originals anymore, would anyone recomment any of the others in the lunar range i.e. lunarswift or lunarracer?
BTW, am marathon training at present and need to find a replacement soon.
Lunarswifts, LunarGlides and Lunaracers can't be compared 'cause they're aimed at different types of runners.
LunarGlides/LunarSwifts are 'meant' to offer stability and cushioning whilst remaining light(ish) and flexible. They're aimed towards neutral/mild overpronators.
Glides and Swifts seem too built up at the arch/in the heel in my opinion but some people like that.
Lunaracers are neutral racing flats - feather-light with a fair amount of support. I don't think you're 'meant' to abuse them over anything more than a 10k, but I wear mine as my daily mileage trainer (as well as racing shoe - got to train/race in the same shoes) and my last pair lasted 600 miles.
Depends what kind of runner you are to be honest - I only get away with Lunaracers 'cause I'm a light runner with a fore-midfoot strike.
Switching from Glide to Racer might be a bit of a leap if you're not used to a minimalist shoe though...
Its a bit tricky - I always used to be a heavy heel striker until back problems forced me to change my style and I am now a fore-midfoot striker.
I ran for many years in Asics DS Trainers and prefer a lightweight trainer as like you am a lighter runner myself, though always ran in mens shoes as have very wide feet and found I could not get on with the narrowness of womens shoes.
In 2009 at the GNR I discovered the lunarglide and loved them - they were the first womens running shoes that fitted me comfortably and catered for my wide feet.
However, the last two pairs I've bought have been the lunarglide +2s and they really make my feet ache.
I could either go for the lunaracers as have heard good reviews on them and hope they would be suitable for marathon training or go for something like the air pegasus or go back to my old Asics - I wouldnt want to try everything else on the market, just the two makes that I know are a good fit for me.
Any other advice very welcome - will be buying in next few days as cannot face my next long run with sore feet.
The LunarRacer was the biggest selling marathon shoe of 2009 I read somewhere. It can be used for this distance.
With flats, if you aren't used to them, build up gradually. You will get aches to begin with, but the Racers are supposed to be more cushioned than your average flat. Trying to find a pair but size 12 mens aren't easy too track down!
I'd give the Nike Free's some consideration (I have the Free Run). I love(d) the old Lunarglides (I'm still training in my third pair) but the Free's in comparison feel like they are just on a higher level in terms of comfort and the feel of speed.
I've raced all distances in them from 5km to marathon - they also encourage mid/fore foot striking more than the lunarglides do.
Not everyone loves them but they shouldn't be dismissed.
Betty - Can you really not find the original Glides anywhere?
I'm sure I saw some on Sweatshop online?
Then again, perhaps best to switch over if you won't be able to get hold of any more.
My partner runs in Swifts and he's very happy with them - then again, he has a high arch and is a neutral runner whereas I have a near flat-foot and supinate.
I bought a pair of glide 2's and it's like running in clogs.
I got them as the review said that they are good for dynamic running and i wanted something i could abuse on wet days without ruining my lunaracers.
The sole seems all wrong somehow. For my gait, the heel is far too built up and so pretty much lands flat like pingu's feet on a run!
To be honest, they have been consigned to general gymactivities as I certainly dont want to risk shin splints running in them. I bought a pair of racer 2's from sports direct website and I would not go back to the others.
It isn't so much being slippey, they just don't repel anything!
Wet days i use spotriva wildcats.
I find they're alright for shielding off the rain (aside from when it's tipping it down - but then, anything gets water-logged in those conditions) but when the squares fade off the sole, they become really slippery.
Ran a 10k in December in them (frosty underfoot) - not fun.
That must have been amusing! good effort!
Mine have still got the black bits. How many mile have you done to wear that down?
I got a PB too actually - 42.53 down from 45mins. Sweet.
Mine still have the black bits - just not on the outer edges as I supinate.
I'm picking up my LR+2 from the courier after work though
My last pair lasted me 600 miles but my supination means they wear down considerably after about 200m.
Just bit the bullet and have ordered a pair of Nike Frees, will let you know how I think they compare to the Lunarglide +2s I cant get on with.
Love the Nike Frees, they feel so light and comfy, like slippers. I've only used them for a few runs so far, maximum 8miles. I am not sure whether to keep building up the miles in these with the view of running the marathon in them (23 May) or whether I should continue wearing a more substantial shoe for the long runs (lunarglide 2's that really hurt my feet and feel like clogs) or whether to try something like the Lunarracers?
Any advise really welcome, thanks.
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