Note on my new Nike Free 5s.

First off: I got those shoes on November 28th. I'm writing that so when I want to know when the hell to replace them, I have this record.

Second: Don't get a dumbass like me and think "the more minimalistic the shoe, the more badass I am!" I have been running in Nike Free 3s for the last 300 or so miles and it has actively impeded my progress. Things got so bad my calves were seizing up and I could barely run so I bought some 5s and... well. I ran 4 miles yesterday without any real issue. That is more than I've ever been able to run without any break whatsoever in my life.

So, yeah. Cushioning. It helps sometimes.

4 Comments on "Note on my new Nike Free 5s."

Feb 13, 2013 at 5:50pm
Wow - strange coincidence here, I stumbled across your blog after doing a bit of (admittedly stalkerish) snooping on the Rift site. But yeah, I was working on an advertising project for the initial Nike Free model, and we were told to focus on the fact that running with them (supposedly) feels completely natural, as if you weren't wearing shoes at all.

All I've heard from buyers ever since is how the feeling of running without shoes sucks.
Feb 13, 2013 at 10:29pm
It's not stalkerish unless I don't want this to be found! But I love the Nike Frees. It doesn't feel like barefoot running but the mobility is so much better than "normal" shoes. I don't know why you'd want to train in something that you can't bend your foot in fully.
Feb 14, 2013 at 12:36am
Oh really? So does the increased flexibility of the Nike Free shoe genuinely help with mobility? I have yet to actually try them on, and while working on the project we weren't allowed any testing - which is understandable considering Nike's reputation, but still slightly suspicious nonetheless.

Also while I've got your attention, I see you're titled 'Director of Community' in the Rift forums - I was wondering, what does that role involve?
Feb 14, 2013 at 7:02pm
First: yep, love the Nikes. Probably wouldn't ever switch from them. At least not in the near future. My trainer only wears them.

Second: Director of Community means I run the community department for all of Trion Worlds. I manage our Community Managers, our social team, and our moderation team. Functionally that means I make sure everything that deals directly with fan engagement and interaction is planned, strategized, and executed. Daily that means meetings, spreadsheets, metrics, live streams. Monthly that means flying between our different offices, events, working with rad people, press, and influencers in the industry. In a nutshell, that's it. Let me know if you want to know anything specific!

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