Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 3: Brooks Launch and Nike Zoom Victory, Matt Winkler

600: 1:23.78, 800: 1:53.00, Mile: 4:26, 5k: 16:22

Matt Winkler provisionally qualified in the 800m for NCAA DIII Indoor Nationals at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier on March 5th with a time of 1:53.00, ranking him 12th overall for Division III.  He had to sweat out the decision of the NCAA as they calculated how many athletes they were able to take for each event.  Winkler made the cut and now he will be representing Christopher Newport University in the 800m at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio on March 11th!

This national bound athlete prefers to run in Brooks Launch.  He continues to use the Brooks Launch because they were a reliable shoe that held up on the trails during cross country.  They also hold up very well on long runs on pavement that go up to 90 minutes.  Winkler uses them for road running and has put at least 200-300 miles on his current pair.  

Since Winkler is going to be running at Nationals on Friday, he shared with me that he uses the Nike Zoom Victory as his competition shoe.  He races in the Nike Zoom Victory because the shoe has a rigid form for the 800 which is his primary event and he said that most middle distance runners wear this shoe.  He also uses this spike for any fast workouts because the shoe grips the track very well when he goes around the corners on the 200 meter indoor track.  He said that, "This shoe allows me to generate power with each stride I take since it grips the ground and the shoe has a snug fit that keeps my foot from slipping around inside of the shoe which has been a problem with some of the previous pairs of spikes I have used in the past."

Winkler highly recommends both of these shoes for middle distance runners.

Thanks for the information Matt! Good luck at DIII Indoor Nationals!  Bring home All-American Honors and the win!

If you want more information about these shoes, click the pictures below, they will take you to the websites for each .  Let your friends who are interested in running or looking for new running shoes know about this blog!  I hope you enjoyed todays post, check back tomorrow for another shoe selection!


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