8 miles. sunnyside up.
inspired by sasha, i decided to run in crocs this morning. i wore the rx relief model (no holes in the top) with the rx silver insoles. i wore socks, too.
overall, the run was much more successful than anticipated. i thought the crocs would feel clunky and cause my form to be sloppy. it was actually just the opposite. the ride was very smooth and controlled. they also feel lighter than the nike frees, as the (lack of) weight is distributed more evenly throughout the shoe rather than having the bulk of it coming from the soles. i also like the fact that the tops of my feet were not "strapped in" underneath shoe laces.
my foothill checkpoint today was 44:30, compared to the 47:43 which i ran on tuesday in the brooks launch. i recognize that many factors go into this time, and i am sure there was a psychological effect coming into play here, as the "product test" caused me to be much more aware my pace and form. i was definitely putting in more effort today than on tuesday. i guess the significance of the time difference is that it proves i can run normally in crocs. even if i can't prove that they speed things up, it is apparent they don't slow things down.
i ran the last mile in 5:58. i felt smooth the whole time. proof they they can be functional for me even at 5k race pace.
cons: running uphill. i could not get up on my toes at all; the shoes would just drag. the toebox is very wide and then tapers down toward the midfoot, which is just the opposite of a running shoe. the other issue is water. this is actually a pro and a con. i stepped in a few puddles, at which point the rubber shoes became very squeaky and annoying. the good news is that they dry very quickly, and even with the holes in the toebox, my socks never got wet. they also look pretty ridiculous.
conclusion: i can definitely see myself running in these shoes 2-3 times per week with no ill effects.