Thinking about it, I honestly believe that of all the running shoes I have ever owned, this is definitely one of the quickest, to reach this magic number!
Excited over a pair of Running Shoes
So how have they done over this short amount of time. The Nike Free 4.0 v2 has been nothing short of amazing! To say that I love this running shoe so far, would be an understatement.
It has been a very long time since I have been excited by how a running shoe fits and performs for me on just about every kind of run (except trails – these are definitely road shoes) that I have thrown at it.
They have fit since the first time I put them on and truly proved how great they were the second run I did in them. A 13.1 mile run with the last 5.0 miles done in the pouring rain with no blisters. That was when I started to believe that I had something special.
Also with these shoes, I have run 4 consecutive sub 1:50:00 for training runs of 13.1 miles, which is something that I didn’t think I would ever do. So they are light and fast for me, but cushioned enough for a half marathon distance or farther.
They have simply been comfortable running shoes – that just work for me.
What do they look like now?
For having 200 miles the uppers show virtually no wear or tear:
The soles are showing the wear pattern of my landing on my heels more than I thought that I did and that I push off with my toes (old habits die hard).
The only negative about the shoes are that they do collect small rocks in the grooves, which usually do not annoy me, but if they are larger the constant clicking noise will make you want to stop and get rid of the stone or if it is poking into your foot, you have to stop and remove it. Other than this small irritation I do not have any complaints about the Nike free 4.0 v2.
I would prefer to see the wear pattern be a little more centered on the forefoot, but I haven’t run this GREAT in years and really am not all that concerned by it right now.
Yes I plan to continue to work on improving my foot landing to more of a forefoot landing. At least with the 4.0’s I am not wearing away just the outside of third of the forefoot, it does show a more even wear pattern than other shoes that I have been using lately, so that is some progress.
The Toughest Miles
Now comes the toughest miles for most of my shoes – miles 200-400. This is where most of them start to break down for me very rapidly and great performers, suddenly become also rans.
Either the uppers start coming apart, the sole has worn too much in one area and causing an imbalance or the midsole cushioning material has begun to wear out. Any of which which can cause pain in my ankles, knees and hips, this is not there when the shoes are new.
Getting past the 300 mile mark for the 4.0’s would be a major achievement, if I am still running in them at 400 miles, that would be the mark of a very special shoe and beyond 500, well I have only had one style of shoe make it that far (the Old Blue Adidas Marathon Trainers – 2 of which made that distance).
It will be interesting to see how many miles I end up with on these shoes – I have a feeling that it will be more than usual.
The reality is
that I have been searching for several years for a pair of shoes that both fit and let me run comfortably in them. Right now if I had to rate these shoes in comparison to others that I have run in they would be either 3 or 4 all-time, with the probability of moving higher as I get more miles on them.
I tend not to buy the exact same model twice in a row, to give my legs a little different feel and I just got the Nike Free Run+3 and ran in them for the first time this afternoon, so more information will be coming soon about them.
The only thing that I can say is that I will buy another pair of Nike Free 4.0 v2, down the road, if they continue to perform like they have for the first 200 miles.