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Location:

Atlanta,GA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • RICE

Personal:

Miles:This week: 20.00 Month: 139.00 Year: 2400.40
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.001.008.00

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.

Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Lily on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 09:58:24 from 67.199.181.73

Very interesting. I still can't bring myself to run in them :)

From CookieLegs on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:08:00 from 70.56.100.203

That is pretty interesting. Do your crocs fit you somewhat tightly, or are they pretty loose on your feet?

From Rob on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:08:29 from 72.254.127.152

So did you wear them with inserts?

I say we get every blogger in Utah to all sign up for the same race and all show up in Crocs. That would rock, I bet we'd get media coverage, and Sasha would for sure get his Croc sponsorship.

From KP on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:19:06 from 65.208.22.26

i was hiding in the bushes and laughed when you ran by.

From Burt on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:32:13 from 68.225.214.248

Stalker KP!

From Burt on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 10:32:31 from 68.225.214.248

Felt good to call someone else that for a change.

From AmberG on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:07:09 from 75.162.143.48

I was looking at your blog and my 6 year old walked up to the computer and asked "People run in CROCS?" Totally shocked even a 6 year old :)

I like your descriptive analysis, and I think I wanna try them! . . . good thing the days are getting shorter meaning it's darker longer :)

From jun on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:31:35 from 97.126.237.166

I'm not against running in them, I'm just against adults wearing the all together.

From ChrisM on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 13:14:13 from 86.177.58.167

crocs are awesome!

black socks are the way to go, i would not use white socks as it looks too weird

i was surprised how comfortable they were too

From RAD on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 14:52:58 from 67.172.229.125

hmmm...still not completely sold on them, but I'm getting there. I just think my feet sliding all around in them (especially sweaty socks) would cause me more frustration and change my form too much. However, it's nice to know someone as skeptical as I am about them tried and really enjoyed the run. You are amazing allie - crocs and all! :)

From Nancy on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 15:53:27 from 76.27.19.206

Wow that is very interesting. I would never have imagined you could run in crocs. You are such a good runner you could run in anything or nothing and still run fast.

From Rob on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 15:57:04 from 72.254.127.152

I have heard of races where you run in nothing. But not in Utah.

From Scott Ensign on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 16:23:17 from 71.35.223.187

cool!! now I have to try this out. nice job doing the experiment.

From Smooth on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 21:44:36 from 174.23.203.161

I wear my crocs all day long, everywhere! It is a BYU logo genuine croc! got it at Watsatch Running Center 3 years ago for $10.

When I was in Boston, 2 days post race I wore my cro to the swimming pool only to find that was out of service, so I ran on the treadmill with my crocs sans socksL People were giving me funny looks! The 2nd time I wore it was on a recovery run after SGM last year when I had these huge blisters and crocs were the only shoes I could wear!

Thanks for sharing your experiment! A race with everyone wearing crocs sounds FUN!!!!

From Burt on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 23:26:09 from 68.225.214.248

Smooth - are you sure you weren't getting looks because you are one speedy tiny little Oriental woman?

From JulieC on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 09:23:50 from 207.224.204.247

I am surprised. Seriously I thought the crocks would slide all over the place and slip in puddles. When I wore a different version of crocs I fell three times pretty badly after the cleaning lady left water on the floor and once when a fridge had thawed on the floor. Am I offending the CROCS since I have never worn real ones? Do they really not slip in puddles? also I have skinny feet and now that Allie with probably skinnier feet did this test I am proved wrong in my mind. Very interesting in deed. Must buy CROCS. I am currently thinking of a race to hold in their honor The CROCS Cinco City 10 miler (Highland, American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, Alpine).

From ChrisM on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 09:30:39 from 86.177.61.189

i have very narrow feet and they are ok, i do use a size much smaller than my normal shoe size but that may be the brand. it is important to make sure the fit is good and slightly on the tighter side.

i have not found them to slip around on the ground, the sole looks more like a normal shoe after you wear them a couple of times since the friction from the road roughens them up, they wear quite quickly.

theoretically you can run on ice with no problems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_pNb01YoSA

From JulieC on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 11:39:10 from 207.224.204.247

thanks chris for the video but isn't he wearing running shoes? even then how amazing he can run like that. I have such pathetic form I would fall flat on my face in two seconds.

From Rob on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 11:50:07 from 72.254.127.152

I'll take you up on your offer. I have a pair but they are big and clunky. They look like army crocs. I threw them on last night and just ran about 100M for fun and was actually suprised. I may have to try an 8 mile recovery run in them next.

From Jason McK on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 16:53:51 from 63.255.173.99

Nice analysis. So do you plan on using them only on flat runs then? I'm interested in getting some and have even looked for some at the outlet store and look-alikes at Walmart, but haven't bought any yet. Your hill analysis might me enough to convince me not to.

From allie on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 17:47:24 from 174.23.182.80

jason - the uphill portion was kind of annoying, but not enough that it would deter me from running a hilly route in the shoes. i think overtime i could find a way to run more efficiently in them while going uphill, but for now it is just a bit awkward.

From seeaprilrun on Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 19:08:22 from 68.103.248.145

I have been eager to try them out and jump on the Crocs train, but couldn't find any at the dollar store or at Wal Mart. Will keep looking, especially since they are getting good reviews and this could make a big difference in my shoe budget.

From CookieLegs on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 18:26:35 from 70.56.100.203

Thanks Allie. Just have to say this was a quite interesting post! I might just try my clogs (with Berkie inserts) on a short run sometime!

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