Over this past summer I got injured and have been slowly returning to running. The last couple weeks of the season I have the opportunity to race in some XC 5ks for my school and need a pair of racing shoes to run in. The thing is I'm not too keen on buying traditional spikes because they don't have much cushioning at all. Last year I wore Victory 3s for track and cross and loved them. I'm thinking about getting either the Nike LT 4 or the Steak 7, just because I'm used to racing in Nike shoes. How aggressive are these compared to the vics? I've also seen picture of the LT 4 with a spike plate on them. I do think the actual spikes would be beneficial, put I don't think it would be that hard to slap a matumbo plate on a pair of flats. Anyone got any advice?