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Ive been reading that people train in racing flats.
I was just interested if anyone on here did?
I found the book and scanned through it. It makes sense. I've run in flat trainers (just a thin rubber sole)before and never had a problem. I injured my knee playing basketball and I decided to go with the prevention is better than cure and method and get some "proper" running trainers. Maybe this is the wrong path...
I'm thinking of taking up race walking and a total beginner to athletics. Would racing flats be suitable for race walking?...
I train exclusively in nike vaporfly and do all my marathons in them. They're racing shoes although not true flats as they are slightly built up. Any race shorter than a marathon and i use mayflys.
I don't think you can get away with this approach if you heel strike though.
Hayley - I don't know the first thing about race walking but would guess that you'd need to heel strike to walk that fast so probably not the best option. I bet someone out there makes specialist speed walking shoes
I'm about 12 1/2-13 stone and run only in racers curretly Asics Hyperspeed2, Adizero LT+, Nike Katana racer3 and Mayfly, I've just retired a pair of Nike Ekiden and 2 pairs of Nike Spectrum+ all 3 pairs with well over 700 miles on them and only binned because the uppers had gone, not the soles, I do have some Vaporfly as well but I don't really like them, even though I ran my marathon pb in them.
I train 50/50 in Adizeros and Nike (structured for pronation). Finding myself running much more comfortably in the Adidas these days though and can see a day when the vast majority of my running will be done in racing flats.
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I do all my training and racing in flats, though some are flatter than others. My current favourites are Adidias Adizero Mana, but I also wear in rotation Asics Gel Speedstar 3 (not really flats, and I don't rate them very highly), Nike Mayfly (don't work very well with my orthoses), Nike Air Streak (fabulous shoes but discontinued), Asics Gel DS Racer (two pairs) and Brooks T5 Racers.
I managed to dig out a picture of the ones I was referring to - they're actually called Air Zoom Streak Racers:
I've had the Air Streak II as well and they were fine with orthotics (as far as I can remember!)
Back in the 80's my mate did all of his runs in racing flats, including one alcohol fuelled fell run that seemed like a good idea at the time. (ie: in the pub.)
It didn't matter if they were training runs or races, or even what the surface was, and he ran injury free for many a year. I hate the git !!
Unfortunately, I'm a severe overpronator so flats are a no-no as far as I'm concerned.
Besides, he has never finished ahead of me in any race over 10k despite him having better pb's (from races I didn't run in) at every distance except ultras.
I think that was his main driving force for them.
I remember buying 2 pairs for him (Reeboks) from Traks in Nottingham as, although they were very cheap, he didn't have enough money with him to buy more than one pair and wanted them while they were on sale.