Following my post last Tuesday, Antony Bradford left an interesting comment about his experiences of wearing cushioned running shoes.
With regards to Antony's comments on actual barefoot running I must admit I am inclined to agree with him (hence never trying it), and again, like Antony, when I first started running I tended to think that the more cushioning the better.
Having said this, during the 1980's, although I did opt for cushioning whilst training I did experiment with minimalist shoes when racing (I was a lot faster in those days). In particular, the Nike Sock Racer.
I have a pair of Nike Free at present but only wear them for walking around in and some treadmill sessions at the gym.
Latterly though, I keep vying between cushioning and minimalism (which is why I probably keep bringing the subject up).
Since turning 50 I seemed to favour more cushioning but I realised last year that my running style (such as it is) was changing and I was becoming a more and more pronounced heel striker and I was also picking up more and more injuries.
Whether this was down to the shoes, age or a combination of both, I am not sure but since October of last year I have made a conscious effort to redress this. One of the ways of doing this has been by mixing wearing lighter/less cushioned shoes with a more cushioned shoe, along with awareness of foot placement.
If anyone else has any views or comments on the subject I would be happy to hear from you