Nike Zoom Air Tempo Next%, Love Chris

Nike Zoom Air Tempo Next%, Love Chris

(All photos by Aisha McAdams)

Is this a love letter from Chris Madaffari, a journal of a workout hammered on our home turf by Mad Dog, or a tech talk on the much anticipated Zoom Tempo Next% by an EKIN? Read & chime in below 👇. Get the shoe right here at on Thursday 10/1.  


We still see you. Along Humboldt Park. Passing thru Spring Water. On the Tuesday morning virtual sessions. Behind the masks. On the other side of our screens. We still see you training. Working your tails off. Staying ready. For when that day comes. When race days are back.

That’s just one of the things which makes each of you a Heartbreaker. You’re here for the full damn journey. The ups, downs and finishing chutes. With your Heartbreak family in tow. Because family is part of who we are.

And as this journey continues without an end date, the Air Zoom Tempo Next% is here for you.

NIKE has applied the design principles from their racing shoes - Vaporfly Next% and Alphafly Next% - into an everyday training shoe. Built for responsiveness and protection, the Tempo has become the go-to long run shoe for Eliud Kipchoge (yes, that Eliud Kipchoge).

Without official races in sight, the Tempo is ready for those workouts and long sessions. Yep, jogs and easy days too. Alongside Eliud, NIKE tested this model with runners over the world. Listening to athletes and fine-tuning details to make the shoe for all runners. And you’re right - some of those testers were our very own teammates.

The midsole heel is filled with React foam, providing durability (300-500 miles) and cushion. Zoomx foam through the midfoot brings lightness and energy return. Those two 10mm Zoom Air units in the forefoot (yes, those structures grabbing your eyes’ attention) enhance energy return and underfoot cushion. Lastly, a nylon-infused plate packages these pieces together –
giving a consistent and recognizable ride.

A high-tenacity Flyknit upper creates a breathable sensation with a bootie-fit collar. Asymetrical lacing helps your foot fit naturally into your pair, while a data-informed outsole optimizes traction and weight.

Many of us may not know when our next race will be. That’s true. Knowing we’re going to keep training for that day – that’s also true.

The Tempo Next% has thus far accompanied me on (a) Harvard tempo loop repeats, (b) long runs around the Charles and (c) some late-night hills from Mile 20. The training is still hard (see photos) but I’m getting ready. For when that heartbreak singlet slides back on.

Until then - hope we continue seeing you.

Keep Running.