Another Week in the Books – Week In Review 2-25-18

Wow it has been a pretty good week, when I stop and reflect on things.

The weather has not been so horrible that I couldn’t have run outside if I had really wanted, I got in a long run to Augusta, figured out that the Hoka Bondi 5’s were not the answer, got in a new pair of daily trainers, walked down back with Bennie a couple of times, ran pretty good and best of all felt pretty decent the entire week.

My favorite photo from the week was:

It is from the top of the hill looking out over the Kennebec River Valley one morning last week.

The weather has been “wait a minute and it will change kind of week”. Record highs, snow, rain and cold, guess it is just winter in Maine, along with a bit of sun at times.

I got a decent long run outside and got into the mid-30’s for the week running and the same on the elliptical for a nice 70 miles combined. I wouldn’t want to do much more than that for a while, using the elliptical for extra time on my legs is helping me run better.

After my long run on Wednesday, I decided that I needed to really get some running shoes that I could comfortably do my long runs in. Hopefully, the Skechers Go Run Ride 7’s feel as good 400 miles down the road as they do after two runs that I have done in them. You can read my initial thoughts on them here.

I really did attempt to bring the Hoka Bondi 5’s back into the rotation an ran in them 5 days in a row. After doing the long run on Wednesday in them, I thought they were part of the answer, but my right foot bothered me after I stopped and as the day went on my body ached more than it should after that kind of a run. I know I am getting old and decrepit, but there is a difference and I can usually tell when the shoes are part of the problem and not part of the answer.

Oh well, I still have to do my “50 mile” review of them and while it is 95% written I am waiting a little longer before I go ahead and do it.

They are good running shoes, but the reason I stopped running in the other 5 Hoka’s was because they bothered my Tailor’s Bunionette and unfortunately, the Bondi 5’s at the end of the day were doing pretty much the same thing. Too bad, but that is just the way it is. I am going to put them in the back of the garage and try them again in May/June.

I do like them, but they just don’t seem to work for my feet.

Overall, a good week of running and getting my running shoe rotation ready for better weather outside. You know that time of year when it is getting nice enough for an old fart to get some long runs in. I can’t wait.

Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – Initial Impressions and Great Expectations

I will be honest, I have not been totally thrilled with most of the shoes in my rotation, with the exception of the Newton Gravity 3’s, which are doing more than I ever thought they would. My current shoes are enough for 3-5 miles, but as the weather up heah in Maine get a bit more reasonable for running outside, I have been starting to pick up my mileage a little.

So I have half-heartedly looking for a pair of long run shoes that are comfortable and don’t leave me feeling beat up after running long in them. This sort of looking for new long run shoes became more of a priority after this week’s run – when the shoes I ran my long run in, left me feeling beat up and were beginning to bother my tailor’s Bunionette.

About 3-4 weeks ago I read Sam’s blog Road, Trail, Run and his review of the Skechers GoRun Ride 7 and some other blog reviews, which intrigued me to say the least. I have run in the GRR2 (4-pair), GRR3, GRR5 and several other Skechers Performance models. I loved the GRR2’s and as much as I liked some of the other models/lines – they well…didn’t fit right. Which I attribute to the pleather strap that Skechers uses to provide some structure to the upper and how it lays across my tailor’s Bunionette.

However, when I read the review, a lot of what the reviewers discussed were how I felt about my old GRR2’s. The more I thought about it and fought to run longer runs in my other shoes, the more it sounded like it was time to try the GoRun Ride 7’s.

The $90 price point wasn’t as painful as other highly rated 2018 shoes and the shoes themselves are supposed to be more sophisticated than the other Skechers Performance shoes I had run in previously, so I ordered a pair from Amazon. Continue reading “Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – Initial Impressions and Great Expectations”