New Balance Mens MT1010 Minimus Trail Running Shoe Review

New Balance Mens MT1010If you are in the market for a new pair of running shoes, or just out to buy your first ones it can be very confusing. There is a huge range of styles and makes. If you are looking at more than just road running and fancy getting more into the great outdoors then you should be looking at a trail running shoe. One of the most popular ones in thus category is the New Balance Mens MT1010 minimus trail running shoe. Looking to take my running to the next level and trying the woods near me with some rocky hilly trails I decided to take a closer look at this shoe. This is what I found out.

The MT1010 trainer is from the sportswear maker New Balance. New balance athletic shoes are made in the US. Their mission is to "Listen, learn and refine". They do not spend money on celebrity endorsements, but rather put that into the design and manufacture of their shoes and clothing.

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ROCK STOP® Protection

This innovative technology is embedded into the forefoot of the shoe. It helps protect against sharp stones and other debris from cutting into the shoe and potentially harming your foot, or running your trainer. It also helps to disperse shock energy when you land.

Vibram® Outsole

This gives the shoe its multi-directional traction abilities. Helping you to stay upright on even the most difficult terrain. This keeps your free to concentrate on your running technique. The material is also non-marking, allowing you to use them on all sorts of floors.

Other features:

new balance trail shoeWeighs 7.7oz (very lightweight)

Breathable mesh upper materials, allowing your feet to stay dry,

REVlite® midsole provides durability and helps the shoe stay lightweight,

Designed for the neutral runner, or those with gait issues or injury as the shoe helps you to find proper form while running,

Can be worn barefoot, or with socks if you prefer

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Customer Reviews and Scores for the New Balance Mens MT1010

This running shoe has an average of 3.8 out of 5 from 48 customer reviews at the time of writing on The reviewer's talk about how comfortable to shoe is with one saying "The feel and comfort of this shoe is excellent" and another saying "They are so comfortable and protective at the same time". This brings me on to the grippiness, which is mentioned by several of the reviewers. One says "excellent grip, good rock plate" and another "I cannot feel any rocks. I fly over all kinds of terrain."

A couple of people comment that they do have a tendency to tear, however others say that "I've done a 50k mountain race in these and a Tough Mudder and did just fine", so it may just be the terrain people are running on.

Another point people make is that the shoe tends to come up half a size larger than normal, so just remember this when buying them.


To conclude it seems that for a lightweight, minimalist shoe the New Balance Mens MT1010 is a very responsive, grippy and comfortable shoe. Designed to go over any terrain you throw at it. Good for improving your run, as one reviewer puts it "The arch support in the sole is fantastic and the flexibility gives you a rough feel of the terrain you are running on".

Hope this review has helped and you can click here to go buy the New Balance Mens MT1010 on

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Half Marathon Training Plan

Half Marathon Training PlanSo you have done some running before and you are thinking of taking it further and competing in a half marathon. You need a half marathon training plan and in it you need to allow yourself at least ten weeks serious training to prepare for the big race.

Half Marathon Training Plan – Nutrition

The 10 weeks before the race is looming so it is time to begin thinking seriously about nutrition. Try to ensure you are near your ideal body weight and if you haven't been doing any training prior to this point it is a good idea to pay your doctor a visit to just have a check of your fitness to run. This is because whilst it's comforting to have those nice Ambulance men on stand by, you don't want to be the one passed out in the back of one of their vehicles! Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to make sure your body has all the vitamins and minerals it's going to need. This combined with a diet full of whole grains, breads, pastas and potatoes (yay go carbs mad!) you will be making sure that you have a good store of glycogen, which can be converted into the glucose needed for energy. Your diet in the run up to the race needs to be around 70% carbohydrates (this is known as "carb loading") and is necessary because when you hit that wall it's your glycogen stores that will help you over it. Your body will also need a good fat store to rely on later in the race – a mans ideal body fat ratio on race day should be around 15% with a woman's around 25-30%. As long as you have a good, balanced diet there is really no need to up protein intake, as this isn't relied on for energy just for growth and repair of tissue after the race. Click here to read more about Carbohydrates.

Half Marathon Training Plan – Hydration

Along with diet, keeping your body hydrated during half marathon training is vital. You don't want to end up near the end of the race with agonising cramps or suffering the effects of heat stroke and not being able to finish. Get in the good habit of drinking around 16ozs of, preferably, plain water an hour before each run (any later and you may find yourself taking an unwanted "pit stop" at the side of the road a la Paula Radcliffe). During running you also need to keep your hydration levels topped up by taking in a further 6-8ozs of water every 30 minutes or so. And don't be tempted to drink coffee or coke instead of water thinking the caffeine will give you a little boost it will have a negative effect on your hydration. Go here to watch a video all about the importance of drinking water to your health.

Half Marathon Training Plan – Clothing

With your diet and hydration sorted start thinking about what you are going to wear on the day. Your clothing needs to allow your skin to breathe and not rub or irritate you so wear them while your out training to check that they are going to serve their purpose. Also stick to snug (but not tight) clothing, as you don't need a t-shirt that's going to billow up around you if it's a windy day and slow you down. Footwear is obviously also going to be important – trainers or running shoes need to be comfortable and light weight but also need to provide lots of support so again try them out when you're training and don't save them so they're all new and shiny for the big day. Snazzy, spotless trainers may look the part but you may also find yourself limping away from the race with blisters that deserve a gold medal!

To find the right trainers you need to understand your foot type, as this can nake a huge difference in your performance. Go here to read Running Shoes – The Ultimate Guide.

Training For A Half Marathon

You may have already done some long distance running and even competed in a half marathon previously and want to get your time down to, maybe, under two hours. Whatever your experiences don't rush into full intensity training seven days a week – even professional marathon runners have rest days! Allow yourself 2 to 3 of these rest days a week. Then on another 2 or 3 days do an easy to moderate training session of around 20-30 minutes. This way you'll only have one or two days a week to dread (I mean to do a high intensity training session). On this day you'll be training long and hard, beginning with an hour long, high intensity run building this up to two hours by the end of the ten weeks. Don't forget as the weeks go by to add in some hill running using a cross-trainer if you live somewhere flat. It is important to remember that whatever else you do NO RUNNING on the two days before the race.

"Don't do anything more than 10-15 minutes of light jogging before the race" advises Scott Douglas of Runners World. You don't want to deplete those glycogen levels you've worked hard to amass over the last ten weeks. A small jog and some stretching exercises are enough prior to the race. Then go and find yourself a quiet space to calm yourself down and ensure yourself this is going to be a "walk in the park" because any long distance runner will tell you, determination and a will to succeed is one of the surest ways to "go the distance".

This should have given you some great tips and the motivation to start your training for a half marathon. Once you have done a half-marathon a few times you can build up to the full 26-mile marathon. Just think what an accomplishment that would be.

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