Very lightweight trainer suggestions

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20/03/2005 at 20:26
I train in the NB 150s, which are practically flat. I can do 20 mile runs in them comfortably by running with a decent style.

However when I wear them in a race, when I get tired I find my form goes and I end up heel striking too much which is a big risk in a marathon.

I wore them today when I ran a HM at marathon pace and I noticed by 10 miles it was harder to maintain form.

So I would like to try a very lightweight trainer that has slightly more in the heel than the 150s, but not as much as the Nike Ekidens, which I've run my last 3 marathons in, but which I find have a little too much in the heel which encourage even more heel striking.

Any suggestions for a shoe weighing less than 200g for size 10 with a very slight heel?
20/03/2005 at 20:28
20/03/2005 at 20:41
Lol BT.

Can't help I'm afraid BR.
20/03/2005 at 21:17
Banana skins?
20/03/2005 at 21:19
Very good comedy - BT, you've not posted on daily for a while - what's happening?

Hilly - that picture looks like you have the same issue:)

FL - can't think of a reply...
20/03/2005 at 21:25
How about plain naan breads? Slit open the front and slide your feet in. Hey presto, when you finish, you can eat them with a slap-up curry!
20/03/2005 at 21:26
Hmmm, this could go on and on... food for thought!
20/03/2005 at 21:27
Or even sit down on a bench at 20 miles and have a snack during a marathon, FL?
20/03/2005 at 21:28
Oooooof, that hurt. If I'd have had those naan bread trainers I would have had something to eat though.
20/03/2005 at 21:29
Your 1st post disappeared now its back.

Why not do what Abebe Bikila did?
20/03/2005 at 21:30
RW reviewed all the light weight racers in a recent issue but I can't remember where I left the mag......

Found it

The lightest in the Mag is New Balance RC550's at 214g. The description goes - "The RC550 is a pure racing shoe: a stripped down, super light and flexible model. There is little cushioning and no added support so its only suitable for light efficient runners who are likely to dip under.....

2:30 !!!!!!!

Guess they won't be selling them in their 100's then.

Alternatively, buy the shoe and get a stonking PB :0)
20/03/2005 at 21:39
Pammie - it's a bit too near to start changing my running style now. That's why I'm looking for something between the 2 trainers I use now.

Will take a look at the 550s, Sodahead.
20/03/2005 at 21:42
So BR are you saying that its something to consider in the future :o)
20/03/2005 at 21:48
I rule nothing out and nothing in - you need to keep learning in this game.
20/03/2005 at 22:34
Tricky BR!

RC 550 RW, has HEEL and FOREFOOT cushioning :)

220g :(

Otherwise you can always dig out your Puma H-Street's :)

Blisters    pirate
20/03/2005 at 22:42
NB 150's with a sorbothane inner?
20/03/2005 at 22:49
NB do a 205 - lighter than 550 and heavier than 150
20/03/2005 at 23:21
Why would taking your shoes off mean changing your running style? You'd only have to change your running style if your style is wrong now.

Personally, I think you should go for Dunlop Green Flash, no built-up heel, but a nice overall blend of cushioning and stability. You could even take the insole out and wear football socks if you're feeling daring.

20/03/2005 at 23:29
Or try these
21/03/2005 at 06:19
My Nike Spectrum plus are very good but I'm not sure of the weight!
Good enough for Paula's WR :-)

It's a little late to be getting new racing shoes for the marathon.
I did this in my first marathon & made a big mistake as they gave me blisters at around 12K & I dropped out at 30K. It did'nt help being 28 degree's in Paris that day though!!!
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