As you may have noticed, I have a big ol’ giveaway going on for a $100 gift card to Road Runner Sports…and it looks like quite a few of you want to buy new shoes if you win!
I wore a pair of my semi-new shoes to CrossFit this week and tackled a somewhat unusual workout at Big Horn: a 30 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible). Now, for the runners in the group, 30 minutes obviously isn’t rough, but for most CrossFitters, that is significantly longer than normal! I still reside somewhere in the middle, loving both CrossFit and my running, so I was psyched to see how well the two worlds would collide!
In 30 minutes, do as many rounds of possible of:
800 m run
10 push presses @ 65#
20 jumping lunges
30 deadlifts @ 65#
Once you cycle through all of that, you mark it off as one round and head out for the second! In the end, I completed four rounds + an additional 400 meter run before my 30-minute time cap ran out. It was definitely bizarre in the sense that I had to be careful not to go out too quickly and blow up in the end. It was also much different than my regular runs because of all the strength stuff in the middle of each round—I found myself looking forward to the run just to “catch my breath”!
Anyway, I also got the chance to give my new Reebok Nano Speeds a try since the majority of the WOD was running. I’ve worn them for a few weeks now, but this was definitely the most running-heavy workout that I’ve completed since Reebok sent them to me (Yes, I received these shoes for free).
These are so much more natural to run in when compared to the regular Nano CrossFit shoes! They’re designed more like a running shoe so they roll easily underfoot. They’re also super lightweight and flexible but I still felt like I had a solid support cage to give me some assistance while stumbling my way through the workout. And, per usual with a CrossFit shoe (and my preference), they are only a 3 mm drop from heel to toe. Muy bueno. The regular Nanos are already my go-to shoes for CrossFit, and I’ve found these Nano Speeds to be my new fave for running-heavy WODs.
Like I said, the Nano Speeds are super flexible and lightweight, but it makes me wonder as to their durability. Granted, I have absolutely no basis for that statement and they’ve held up great over the past month, so I may just be crazy. I guess time will tell!
CrossFitters: Do you wear the Nanos to WOD? If not, what do you wear?