Before I bought these Nike Free Run + running shoes, I read some reviews, and this was a known issue. Those reviewers said that they can feel the stones. I don't feel them, but that could be because I use Superfeet inserts* in the shoes. I do worry that this problem with the stones is going to quickly wear the shoes out, though. It's not an issue when I run on pavement or the track, but that is rare now. I prefer the stoned path for many reasons, and that's where I tend to run. Liking where you run might just be half the battle.
I'm still not running marathongs (<----- typo purposely left because it cracked me up), but the Nike Frees, when combined with the Superfeet inserts, seem very much the right shoes for me. My comfort, stride, and gait seem so much more elegant and natural to me -- and I feel so much lighter on my feet and more in control -- in them than in the many other versions of heavily engineered running shoes I have tried in the past.**
I may not yet be a gazelle out there, but at least I am not clunking along, the way I did in all those other shoes. Sadly, the Free Run +'s have been discontinued and replaced with a "2" model that doesn't quite fit me right. I learned that in time before they were all cleared from the stores, and was able to snag an extra pair to have in reserve, though.
Yesterday was brutally hot, but I managed to make it through Week 6 Run 1 of the C25K program. I got a hamstring cramp in the last 5-minute run portion, and, true story: I decided to imagine that the guy who was walking behind me was a psycho polygamist serial killer (Thank you, all those awesome Dexter and Big Love episodes!), and I had to run away from him. Would a hamstring cramp and a little bit of heat keep you from running from a psycho polygamist serial killer? I think not.
Anyhoo, even without my weird imaginings, I am making slow, steady progress again, after getting back to it following the mysterious incident with the ankle that occurred back in May. When that happened, I was on Week 7. Almost back there, and it feels great!
*Superfeet inserts have been life-changing for me, so much so that when Abigail asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said I just want another pair of Superfeet, so I don't have to keep switching them out from my running shoes to my hiking boots that I use for gardening. She obliged (yay Abigail!) and now I'm the thankful owner of two pairs of green (the ones for high-impact activities) Superfeet.
**(Having read Cari's post of yesterday, I am reminded that I need to say that a) I bought my own shoes and inserts, and b) I am not being paid to say this.)