2014 Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit Review

Earlier in the year I debated on what shoes to purchase as my main running shoes for the 2014 season. I primarily compared the Nike Free 3 Flyknit and the New Balance Minimus 10V2. I decided to go with the Nike Free based on recent history and success in those shoes. I set both a half marathon and 10K PR in my previous Nike Free’s and hoped to continue that success. After a couple hundred miles and a few races in the 2014 editions, I feel safe in providing my review of them.

2014 Tri Santa Cruz Race Report

This race was the second time that I competed in the Tri Santa Cruz Olympic distance race. We generally try not to repeat races each year but due to the drought conditions in California, ocean races are pretty much all we have to do. Also, this race is one of the better organized and easily accessible ones. We really enjoyed last year’s race, so it was any easy decision to participate again this year.

2014 HITS Napa Sprint Triathlon Race Report

The 2014 HITS Napa Sprint Triathlon was the first official triathlon on our race calendar for this year. I had heard a lot of good things about the HITS series coming into this year. Now that we live close to one of the venues, it was time to give it a try. Combined with the fact that the event was near all the vineyards in Napa, made it an almost must do event for us. HITS is known for providing races that cater to all skill level and provides an opportunity to compete at all the standard distances in one weekend.

Spring Shoe Selection

I have eclipsed 360 miles on my New Balance Minimus V20’s and that means it is time to pick up a new pair of running shoes. I have narrowed the field down to three choices. I am debating between the Under Armour SpeedForm RC Running Shoe, 2014 Nike Free 3.0 with FlyKnit, or the 2014 New Balance Minimus Zero V2. I have earlier experience with the Nike and New Balance shoes but the Under Armour are a gamble. Especially coming from the drama involving them and the US Olympic Speed Skating team at the Sochi Olympics. Though I blame most of that performance on the team and not Under Armour.

New Balance Minimus 20V2 Review

I wrote in a previous post about my deep love for the Nike Free running shoe series. I also mentioned in that post, that I was, however, looking to test out a potentially more minimal shoe despite favoring the Nike’s already. I decided to give the New Balance Minimus 20 V2’s a try. I got them on a great deal from The Clymb. Below is my in depth review of this particular model after about 3 months of use. The shoe will probably be up for renewal by the time I release this review but I wanted to be thorough so others could use it as a reference point for deciding on New Balance Minimus shoes in general. Immediately, below is the product description from New Balance themselves.

2014 San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15K Race Report

This race was the first event of 2014 for us. We at first heard about the hot chocolate series while living in Atlanta and heard lots of good things about this series from our friends. This series is mostly a fun run type of event, incorporating live music, hot chocolate finisher mug at the finish, warm sweat shirts instead of t-shirts and comfortable race distances. Additionally, for us what makes participating in this event enticing was a combination of factors. The event falls early in enough in the year that it would help motivate us to stay in shape over the holidays. The 15K distance is just the right length to train for that doesn’t require the heavy volumes of a triathlon or half marathon. Also, the swag is not half bad.