The Nike Free Run +. Image from nike.com.

I am personally not a big runner; I run a few miles 2 or 3 times a week just to keep in shape.

My brother on the other hand (who is 8 years older than me) is something of a beast.  He runs half marathons and triathalons all the time, and he just finished his first Iron Man a few months ago.

So when my bro tells me to get a shoe, I listen.

He suggested I get the Nike Free Run +.  These shoes are a part of the latest trend of “barefoot running”, where shoes are as light and as minimal as possible (hence bare feet).

There are different ranges for this shoe from 7.0 to 5.0 to 3.0.  What this means is the millimeter difference of the sole from the heel of your shoe to the front of the shoe.

I tried all three and for me the most comfortable shoe was the 3.0.  It was light and (according to my brother) changed my running style so I didn’t hit my heel first when I was running on the treadmill.

According to the sales guy and my brother, you aren’t supposed to run with these shoes every day because they will work muscles you have never worked before and your body will be pretty sore if you try to run your regular distances out of the gate.

Of course, I didn’t listen and am paying for it right now.

In any case, these are great shoes.  They are light and make your old shoes feel like bricks when you put them back on.  They’re going to inspire you to run more often and may even get your ass signed up for a half marathon some day.

For more information about the Nike Free Run + range of products, you can visit the official Nike Free Run + website.

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