Nike Zoom Streak LT3 – 30 Mile Review

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Most of the time when I do a running shoe review, the first one comes after 50 miles, but with racing flats, I mean true racing flats like the LT-3’s, you know those sub – 6.0 oz shoes that you want to “go fast” in, I tend to know what I need to know about them after 25-30 miles and at least one race.

These were a personal purchase from Running Warehouse.

Well the Nike Zoom Streak LT3 has the requisite mileage, but unfortunately, not the one race and since I am on the shelf with Achilles Tendon issues, there are no races where I will be racing in them for a while, I figured that I might just as well go ahead and do the review.

I got the LT3’s to fill a void in my running shoe rotation, I had my long run shoes, but the shoes I was wearing for racing, I felt were more light-weight trainers than racing flats at around 8-9 oz. I strongly believed that I would run faster in true flats than what I had been using, especially for me to do a mile race on Memorial Day.

Notice I said race, not run. I wanted to really hammer that race and once I got the LT3’s, I started to train for a fast/hard mile.

It was working, I was running faster in training and even had started to get into the hallowed sub 6:00 minute pace range every so often. As the graph blipped into the range I really wanted to get near for that mile race, it was after that second blip that things started to go bad and by the time I did the 4th repeat I knew it wasn’t going to be a good thing.

So yeah I liked the LT3’s – A LOT!!!

They make me want to run fast in them and they did everything that I asked of them, including some runs of up to 8.0 miles or so. It got to the point that I wanted to run in them too much.

You see I like to run fast (well fast for me) and the Nike Zoom Streak LT3’s let me, hell they encouraged me to run faster than my actual fitness levels were at the time.

Unfortunately, I am also a helluva lot closer to 60 than I am 30 (I will be 59 in August) and ramping up the speed as quickly as I did, lead to an Achilles injury. While I was wearing the LT3’s when the injury occurred, in the above workout (I forgot to change the shoes on Strava) – I didn’t and still don’t blame it on the shoes.

I blame it on my dumb training and doing too much, too soon on too old a body that just wasn’t ready for the paces I was running.

Getting back to the LT3’s

What did I like:

I feel fast in the LT3’s and know that I can run fast in them.

Comfortable, the toe box and upper combination did not bother my Tailor’s Bunionette at all, I was able to run more than 8.0 miles in them and not have my feet hurt at all. Once I figured out that I didn’t have to cinch down on the laces too hard, that having them snug was enough, the shoes just seem to mold themselves around my feet and it just felt good, not too tight, but not sloppy either.

Light at around 5.5 ounces, yet they felt protective enough to run down-back on the dirt road without any issues. No I couldn’t just run without paying attention to where my feet were landing like in a pair of Hoka’s or trail shoes with a rock plate, but they make me feel nimble and I managed to avoid most of the bigger rocks.

Mostly quiet, not PI quiet and smooth, but other than a light tapping when landing, they were quiet and the softer heel combined with a more stable forefoot really seemed to work well for my stride. Until I got tired it seemed as though I was running with more of a mid-foot stride when running in them.

One of the reasons that I got them was the multi-purpose type of outsole. It is a little more aggressive than many of the racing flats that I have run in before, which is something I wanted for racing over at Quarry Road or some of the course up heah that have dirt/grass/road combo’s and the choice seems pretty rock solid. Also they show no signs of wear, which is not something I could say for many pairs of racing flats I have had in the past even at the 30 mile point.

The insole is glued down and doesn’t move around at all.

What I didn’t like

They do collect pebbles in the forefoot and once in a while a rock will get stuck in that cavity in the midfoot area. I did have to stop one run and did it out because it was poking into my foot and making a dreadful noise on the road every time my foot landed.

The colorway is okay, but this one doesn’t really do anything for me.

When I wear them, I feel as though I am supposed to go fast in them, which is a good thing when I am supposed to go fast, but a bad thing when you are supposed to be going slower. In other words they are not a shoe I would wear again for runs that are planned to be slower, because I would end up running it too fast.

In other words not much.

The reality is that

The Nike Zoom Streak LT3’s allowed me to run faster than I have in a while, they didn’t get in my way of how I run and I enjoyed running in them.

For me and looking back with 20/20 hindsight, for my purposes I probably would not run more than a 10K in them. I need a little more cushioning than what they have for longer training runs. Although, I know that I could race a 1/2 marathon in them, but I would feel pretty beat up afterward.

Once the Achilles gets healed up and I get my legs back in shape, the LT3’s are going to become my 5K and shorter racing flats. However, I will not run as aggressively or the sub 6:30 paces, get real Harold the sub 7:00 paces, until I get muscled up and better trained for it next time.

I can’t wait to get back to running in them, there is just something about the LT3’s that makes me want to put them on and “go faster”.

I just gotta remember that sometimes going faster has unintended consequences when an old fart’s body ain’t quite ready to go THAT fast. Right Mr. Achilles.

A shoe that I really like so far.

Nike Lunar Glide 7 – 50 Mile Review

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Yeah, I know the Lunar Glide 8’s will be coming out in a few weeks and I am just doing a LG7 review…what else is new.

I always seem to be reviewing last year’s news.

Anyways, I moved back to the Nike Lunar Glides because I wanted a higher drop shoe to run in while recovering from my most recent Achilles issues. There are many that poo-poo how much drop matters and all the other theories or studies they bring to the table…all I know is that in this experiment of one, when my Achilles acts up – I go back to a higher drop and it has worked well for me.

Enough yakking, let’s talk about the Nike Lunar Glide 7’s.

I bought them at Nike Outlet Store in North Conway. It is my second pair of Lunar Glides, my first pair were the 5’s, which I liked a lot – enough that when I needed to look again, they were at the top of my list.

Weight: 9.1 oz (size 9) Stack Height: 25mm (Heel), 15mm (Forefoot) *Stats from Running Warehouse*What are these shoe’s purpose in my rotation?

The LG7’s are my injury recovery, everyday runners and when I get back to the point that I can run long again, my run long shoes.

What kinds of runs have I done in them so far?

Mostly shorter, slower stuff on tar, dirt roads, a groomed trail run and runs with Bennie (which brings out flaws in some shoes very quickly, because it is much more like interval work). I have been limited lately by a bad stretch with Achilles/Left heel issues. So longer or faster runs haven’t happened. However, I still have managed to get up to speed a couple of times in the shoes and they did well.

Are they comfortable? They passed the hardest hurdle for any pair of running shoes that I get…they made it to 50 miles and I am still running in them. Too many other running shoes haven’t made it to that point. Since I bought them locally I got to try them on first and yes, that does make a difference in getting the sizing correct. 

I found out that the size 8.5’s fit the way 8.5’s are supposed to fit and that the 8.0’s were too tight in the toe box, while the 9.0’s too long.
The toe box is wide enough to not bother my Tailor’s Bunionette and the uppers just feel good, but the few times I have  worn them casually without socks, let me know that going sockless was not an option for me.
There was a bit of a learning curve in figuring out how tight I needed the laces with the flywires. However, once I figured that snug, not tight was enough I have been loving the fit.
I have learned over the past few years that I like a softer heel and the LG7’s have that feeling and while the forefoot is forgiving at only 15mm stack height it still has some firmness too. Which I prefer in the forefoot.

The other thing that I like about the LG7’s is they don’t weigh a ton at just over 9.0 ounces and I feel pretty nimble in them. Well as much as an old fart can feel nimble.
When I run in the Lunar Glide 7’s – there are no issues with the shoes. They disappear on my feet and I focus on running, not how my shoes are doing.
Yes, they are comfortable. Do they run quiet or slap the road?
They are quiet, but not as smooth as the PI’s. The noise is more a tap, tap sound that is there even when I walk in them, so it is more the shoe and the amount of denser rubber in the heel unit, than how I run in them. Are they rock collectors?
It seems like most modern road shoes just collect pebbles and small rocks in the sole. With the amount of sole for the most part I don’t feel anything and they come out easily when I stop. 

Are they multipurpose or strictly roads/trails/snow?
They are not what I would call a real multi-purpose shoes, but at the same time running on groomed trails is not a problem when they are dry and they do fine on wet roads. I think they would be okay in dry snow, but in wet slushy stuff, mud, lots of rocks or wet grass, I have better choices.
What don’t I like about them?
The flat laces just didn’t do it for me and I put in LockLaces and they are working great. Other than being rock collectors as I said above, I like them and can’t think of things I don’t like about them.

The reality is that
I like the Nike Lunar Glide 7’s – a lot. No, putting 50 miles on a pair of running shoes does not make it a great running shoe and I will know more at the 200 mile mark. However, being able to run reasonably through my Achilles/Left heel issues in them has made a very good impression with me about them.

Now to get to running a little more regularly in them and see how they do when I am not an injured runner making 3 steps forward, 2 steps back.

I can’t wait to just run in them.

Would I get the Lunar Glide 7’s again?

I am already looking at what Bennie is getting me for my birthday in August and another pair of these are the leading candidate. Who knows I might even look closely at the 8’s, but I like the tread design better on the 7’s (the 8’s siping design just don’t look good for much other than the road and I would have concerns when it is wet too), so I have a feeling it might be another pair of 7’s.