Nike Free Run+ 2
Where does the Free Run 2 fit in my running?
When I commenced minimalist running it was in the Adidas Adizero Adios & Ace (old model) with a little bit of Nike Lunar Racer thrown in for good measure. A bit further along I added the Nike Free 5.0 into the mix.
So by the time the Free Run came along I was well entrenched in Free 5.0, Free 3.0 and marathon racing shoes. I did buy a pair, but I initially found them better for walking than for running so I’ve been wearing them around for about the past year or so – more on this later in the review.
More recently the Free Run 2 arrived and I was keen to add it into my running repertoire, it was a bit better locked down that the previous version, making the forefoot area more stable. I had hoped to make this shoe a regular partner on my longer and easy runs. Slightly more support while maintaining good ground feel and the foot strengthening elements. But it didn’t quite turn out that way.
I’ve run about eight or more times in the shoe now from distances of 10-12 km and for different types of running, speed work twice and a tempo session just the other day. The other runs have been easy jogs on the dirt, roads and also some moderately rocky trails.
Good for faster running
My initial reaction, and this is based around my recent running history and progression, is that the faster you run, the better these shoes feel. Even though they look a bit bulky, once you run a bit faster you don’t notice them. In terms of speed work I’ve worn them on two sessions of 4 sets of (200, 200, 400) in 37-40 and 77-81 seconds.
The warm up jogs didn’t feel as great as the actual sessions, in which I found the Free Runs surprisingly fast and responsive. The tempo session was a short 3 by 4 minute efforts at about 3.55 kilometer pace. The rest of the easy runs were done at or slightly under 5 min km pace. So you could use these shoes for some of your faster running sessions, especially those completed away from the track.