Not wearing spikes?
Another apft? By choice or required?
I haven't invested in spikes yet, which is dumb on my end. And it's mostly by choice, my last one was to avoid getting flagged after not taking it last semester, and this one I want to do because my entire company is doing it and as 1SGT I'd feel wrong to miss it. Also the last one was shoddy at best.
I love my spikes. Bought my first pair from the Bermans at a USMAOC event before coming back to teach. Admitted Jon was right. (He keeps track).
I know the feeling on the APFT...frustrating not to crush it when you know you can. I've done that, myself.
Ugh yeah, I always do fine on pushups and situps and then go stupidly slow on the run. Case in point today. It just bugs me that we have inadequate time to warm up beforehand--I only started feeling loose and in a rhythm at the 1.5 mile mark, where it was obviously too late to do much of anything.
I'm thinking of getting spikes at Flying Pig or Quantico, do you have any recommendations?
How would you describe your feet? Arch, narrow, wide, etc?
Do you find the hip flexor transition from situps to run problematic? Triathletes always complain about it going from bike to run, which is why they do a lot of bike/run "brick" workouts. I've always felt it's much the same sensation as the sit-up to run transition in the APFT. But yeah, 3 mins was a bit silly.
Bridge, I just got my first spikes at NAOC last summer. I think they're a worthwhile investment. They gave me terrible blisters the first time wearing them, but I seem to have broken them in now. I'm actually pretty surprised I went this long without owning a pair.
Mine are the VJ Bold, pretty narrow shoes. I like them. But I think just like any other shoes, the main thing is personal preference and how it fits your foot.
I have really wide feet so it's always tough to find comfortable running shoes that fit (men's shoes fit better but they typically don't go under size 7).
As far as the hip flexor transition goes, I don't think it's too big of a problem. Maybe it does make a bit of a difference but they never feel weak afterwards. Honestly I think I just need to work on speed more and get comfortable being uncomfortable again. It's been way too long since high school track/XC and that sort of training.
I'd sit down and try them all on. Know they'll break in a little bit also.
I have used inov 8- the old ones were narrow but they'd break in. Icebug - same thing.
The problem I have is I like a narrow midfoot and a wider toebox but I usually have up break them in until the toebox is wider.
Yes, there is something about getting comfortable being uncomfortable. I've found chasing trains really effective, actually - I'm highly motivated to get uncomfortable when it means getting home earlier or avoiding the packed express train. It's paid off at sprints for sure.
Inov-8 has two different widths. Performance is narrower than standard, so you might consider that.
I suspect there will be vendor at Flying Pig, so you can probably try out some options.
Awesome, thank you all for the input!