Nike Wildhorse 6 Shoe Review
Nike Wildhorse 6 Shoe Review

The Nike Wildhorse 6 has completely designed since the previous versions.  Both the ride and the appearance are different and quite frankly, it feels and looks like a different shoe. Complete redesigns of shoes can be good or bad, but for the most part, I think Nike has done a great job and the shoe has changed for the better.

The most significant change in the Nike Wildhorse 6 is the new “React Foam Midsole.” Previously the Wildhorse used Phylon. The bottom of the Nike Wildhorse 6 now includes a segmented rock plate as well as larger lugs. As I moved to California, I’ve enjoyed a few more trail runs so I’ve needed a decent trail shoe.

Nike Wildhorse 6 Shoe Review

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Nike Pegasus 37 Shoe Review
Nike Pegasus 37 Shoe Review

Nike Pegasus 37 Shoe Review:

Also known as the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 37 or Zoom Pegasus, or any combination of Nike, Air, Zoom, and Pegasus.

The Nike Pegasus 37 is one of the most popular shoes out there.  The Nike Pegasus 37 is one of the best selling and longest-lasting shoes in the entire running industry. Unlike most Nike shoes, the Nike Pegasus 37 continuously stays around in the running industry.  In fact, it’s typically most people’s first running shoe; it was for me!

Nike Pegasus 37 Shoe Review

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Nike Vomero 14 Shoe Review
Nike Vomero 14 Shoe Review

Wow, it’s been a few years since I’ve run in the Nike Vomero. For whatever reason, I gravitated towards other shoes. In fact, except for the Nike React Infinity Run Shoe, I haven’t trained in many Nike shoes lately.  Since the Nike Vomero 14 uses Nike React cushioning, the Nike Infinity React and Nike Nike Vomero 14 are more similar than you might thing.

Anyway, the Nike Vomero 14 is a high cushioned shoe. While I haven’t trained in the Nike Vomero since 2015, I’ve tried most of the previous models on.

Nike Vomero 14 Shoe Review

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me running winning 18.12 challenge
I Got Hurt Running in the Next%

This post is a lot of thinking out loud, rambling, and just sharing my thoughts and experiences. Be Warned. 🙂

I’ve run marathons in questionable shoes. I raced my first marathon in the Nike Waffle. A spikeless version of my cross country spikes. Why? I didn’t know much better. I didn’t get hurt. I probably should have had an issue, but I didn’t.

Several years ago, I raced half marathons in extremely lightweight racing shoes. I loved them.  They weren’t designed to run more than a 5k, but I liked them, they worked, and I ran well.  In fact, I PRed in everything. Could I possibly be more suited to the minimalist running shoes and never know it? Maybe.

me running winning 18.12 challenge

Which leads me here: How on earth did I get injured running in the Next%? Is it the Next%? Am I the only one?

In the last two years, I’ve run, but I haven’t been all in to the sport. The good thing about that is you don’t risk a lot, so you don’t suffer the injury consequences.

I was selected to run the Big Cottonwood Marathon. Throughout the summer, I strung some decent weeks together, and it was enough that I was confident I would be able to run down a mountain without injuring myself. My training cycle wasn’t great, but it was good for where I was in life. I was proud of it. About two weeks before the race, I ran the 18.12 challenge in the Nike Next%.

I won. I ran faster than I thought I had in me. I shocked myself and I felt confident I could run well at Big Cottonwood Marathon. I had run other races in the Next% but nothing above 10 miles and nothing that fast.

Two days later, I found myself with excruciating pain in my hamstring. I had no clue where it came from. It just hurt. I couldn’t sit still. I couldn’t walk, and I couldn’t run. So I DNSed and I was bummed. I had skin in the Big Cottonwood Marathon Game and I felt like I failed.

I also had no idea where my hamstring injury came from and to be honest, I didn’t even think it was a shoe problem. I’m not prone to muscular injuries. In fact, I’ve had maybe 3 muscular injuries in my entire running career and they usually haven’t lasted more than a few days.

I chalked it up to running a long race harder than I had in a while, then privately flying home (a 2 hr, small aircraft flight).

After rest, PT and seeing a sports doctor, I recovered and I was able to use my training to reach my goal of starting and finishing New York City Marathon healthy and strong. 26.2 miles.

Why is that important? I ran in the New Balance Fuel Cell Rebel. One of my favorite shoes to train in, no carbon plate and a lower stack height than the Next%. After that, I recovered and began training for what I called: “get back into shape.” There is no timeline and there is no goal race, but darn it, I’m going to get back into shape. (This is where I am now).

Training in December, January, and some of February went well. Too well. I hit the paces of one of my last workouts perfectly a few weeks ago. I felt amazing. Then I raced the Hilton Head Half Marathon in you guessed it the Nike Next%. While my opinions of the Hilton Head Half are another topic, I ran decently but didn’t feel like I ran to my fitness. I still ran faster and longer than I have in a while.

Two days later, I found myself in excruciating pain. This time in my Achilles. Not just one Achilles, but both Achilles. My left is worse, but the right hurts as well. Two ankles, same spot…that’s when my running store employee hat was put on.

With both feet, it’s probably a shoe problem. Last week, I tooled around running. I knew something was wrong. My body wasn’t thrilled running, but it wasn’t thrilled doing much of anything else either. I didn’t run anything hard or fast. I wasn’t thrilled to put any weight on my ankles that now looked like cankles.

It wasn’t until last weekend, I tried on the Nike Next% again (not to run, just to put on my feet) and I realized my inflammation matched the exact outline of the Nike Next% shoe…in both feet. Will I say, it’s absolutely a shoe problem? No. But will I say, both muscular/tendon injuries happened two days after I ran 13.1 miles in the Next%? Yes, yes, they did.

The amount of stack height and cushion alters anyone who runs in the shoe’s form. For me, I believe it caused me to land more on my heels and harder. Doing that for 20,000 steps caused muscles to work that don’t usually. It caused muscles to irritate that don’t usually. That force probably caused my muscles to develop microtears, which lead to an injury. This is not the most serious running injury and my hope is with proper rehab, PT, and flushing out the inflammation, I’ll be healthy in a few weeks.

So Anyway, where does this lead me now?

I saw Dr. Craig with Dr. Kemenosh, who worked some of the inflammation out of my cankles. I’m resting and letting my Achilles cool off. I am bummed because I finally thought I was making good progress, fitness-wise. I am also bummed because a shoe that seemingly “works for everyone” may not work for me. Will I ever get the 4% advantage? I don’t know and honestly, I don’t care as much as to be healthy.  My career isn’t based on being 4% faster. (Nothing I do in life is affected if I’m 4% slower or faster in a running race).

I’m also not bitter but I wanted to share because I cannot possibly be the only one who hasn’t had “the best results ever” in the Nike Next%.

It’s hard for me to admit that I might be in the small population the shoe just doesn’t mesh well for their gait and form. While my Achilles is slowly getting better, my mind is trying to process through an injury and also process why a shoe “made for everyone” may not work for me. Typing out loud seems silly, because I’m the biggest proponent of not everything works for everyone.

Anyway, that’s where at there. It’s not the most serious injury but it has taken me out of running until I feel better.

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review
Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Running Shoe Review:

The Nike Pegasus is one of the most iconic shoes out there. It was many people’s first running shoe, including mine. Maybe the Pegasus 25?

It’s been a few years since I ran in the Nike Pegasus and to be honest, Nike isn’t the first brand I choose due to all of the recent events with their athletes. Nike made significant changes from the Pegasus 34 to 35, so the Pegasus 36 remains similar to the 35. The fit is better in the 36, but the ride is about the same.

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

Nike Pegasus 36 Quick Facts:

Nike Pegasus 36 Heel to Toe Drop 10mm

Nike Pegasus 36 Weight: 8.1 oz

Nike Pegasus 36 Fit:

Like many Nike shoes, the entire upper is a seamless engineered mesh upper. Most running brands are removing extra seems because they allow a better fit, especially if you have a wider forefront or bunion.  The upper enhances breathability in the forefoot and arch of the foot.  The Nike Pegasus 36 has a better fit overall than the Nike Pegasus 35. According to Nike, the exposed Flywire cables in the midfoot promote a snug fit at higher speeds and promote a smooth responsive ride while also reduces bulk.

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

Many people believe “Nike fits narrow,” and their casual shoes do. Most of the run specialty training shoes are narrow through the arch but have a wide forefront allowing feet to splay.

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

The Nike Pegasus 36 also has a high heel collar. The heel of the shoe flairs at the top? Nike claims this keeps the heel collar tongue from rubbing or irritating the Achilles tendon. Similar to the New Balance 1080. As someone who hasn’t had many Achilles tendon issues (seriously untying your shoes instead of sliding them off all of the time helps that).

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

Nike Pegasus 36 Ride:

In the Nike Pegasus, Nike uses Zoom Air cushion to give the Pegasus the feel of a “faster” shoe.  The full length zoom air unit makes the Nike Pegasus 36, a firm yet responsive cushioning trainer.

In all running shoes, the shoe itself as gone through the most transformation.  The recent significant changes in the Nike Pegasus came from the Pegasus 34 to the Pegasus 35.  Nike kept the Nike Pegasus 36 similar to the 35.

In fact, Nike kept the same Cushlon foam and full-length Zoom Air cushioning unit from version 35. The outsole remained the same as well.

If you are new to the Nike Pegasus, it’s a lightweight trainer.  I’ve used the shoe for an easy run, long runs, and workouts but ultimately settled on it for shorter, easy runs. My body wants more cushion (like the New Balance 1080) for further distance and I want something more responsive for workouts (like the Hoka One One Cavu 2). When I put on the Nike Pegasus 36, the shoe feels ready to go fast.

Nike Pegasus 36 Shoe Review

The Nike Zoom Pegasus 36 Conclusion:

The Nike Pegasus 36 is a lightweight, everyday trainer that is good for almost anything, but not “the best” for anything.

There aren’t many significant changes from the Nike Pegasus 35 to the Nike Pegasus 36 Nike.  All of the updates in the Nike Pegasus 36 are in a better fit and more breathability.

Finally, if you have been in a Nike Pegasus and due to recent events want to try a different brand or shoe, I suggest the New Balance Fuelcell Rebel, New Balance 1080, Saucony Ride ISO, or Hoka Rincon.

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