Friday’s 5.0 Miler – A Day Late

I started this last night, but I was just too damn drained to keep writing. So this is actually Friday’s RunLog post.

After taking yesterday (Thursday) off, I knew that I was going to get a few miles in today. It was just a question of when and where. We had to put new tires on Clifford (our van), do doggie day care, and grocery shop this morning. I got the doggie day care (referee duty) and everyone else got out of the house.

Lucky dogs, they got to spend time with me. I will have you know all three dogs and four cats survived the morning. 🙂 Oh yeah, I did as well.

Once we got settled again and someone else could referee, I headed out with a small difference. I decided to run in the Saucony Liberty v1 for the first time since May 19th. I liked the Liberty’s, but they didn’t seem to work with my feet, so I had decided to take a break from them for a few days.

Well that few days turned into a few months and since I have been resurrecting my Saucony rotation recently, it was appropriate to add back the Liberty’s.

I stopped running in them back in May for a couple of reasons:

1. They felt too damn firm and bothered my metatarsals when I ran more than 3-4 miles in them. I guess that is two reasons right there, but they were sort of related, so I put them together.

2. I had too many shoes going and not enough miles to go around.

So while I loved many things about the Liberty, there was not enough great stuff to keep me running in them with so many other options to choose from. Lately I have reduced the shoes that actually work for me down to a pretty reasonable number and decided to give some of the Saucony shoes another look.

I did a little relacing and cut about an inch incision into the front of the ISO Fit bootie to see if that alleviated the problems with the metatarsaglia that plagued me before with the Liberty’s. If that works, I will probably find a pair of white LockLaces to put in them.

During the run itself, the shoes were borderline very comfortable. They still feel too firm, but at the same time the Liberty’s didn’t cause that painful tingling sensation in my forefoot that had been the big issue in May. So there is cause for some optimism regarding keeping them in my current rotation.

However, I am pretty sure that after re-reading my RunLog entries from May, that I will have to replace the insole with something a little more forgiving (thicker) again, to combat the firmness in the forefoot. Otherwise I was very happy with the feel of the shoe while running.

It was a pretty perfect Fall day for nice run and the 5.0 miles went by pretty quickly. No serious pushing the pace, but a nice consistent effort throughout. I run fairly well in the Liberty’s, so it is worth the effort I am making to get them to work for me. The quality of the shoes and how long they should last if I can get them to fit properly would be nice.

Yeah, now to get the bill for fixing the Cherokee, it got towed down to the repair shop yesterday afternoon, it ain’t gonna be pretty.

Trip North Made My Day – RunLog 10-10-18

Today was a really great day for my Dad and I.

We made a road trip up above Greenville to let Dad and yeah, me as well…relive, re-visit, remember and retell things from days gone by. We visited a place that has been the locale of many stories that we have and also where my mother’s ashes were scattered nine years ago this week. I may have gotten some crap in my eyes from the wind blowing so hard off the lake.

Once we got to Greenville it started to rain pretty steady, but once we got up to the lake and got out of the van, it stopped raining and the sun tried to come out for minute. Yeah, it was just coincidence. 🙂

However, it is hard to believe that it has been that long since Mom died, but it has. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was talking with her, getting her advice or perspective on something that I was thinking about doing. I still miss her more than I will ever admit.

Another reason that we went up there today is that Dad’s health is not great and he doesn’t really have a lot of hope for any improvement going forward. He is doing better than we ever thought he would with all of the health issues he has, but as he said today “Everyday I wake-up, its another great day.”

He is a tough old Bastid, but he pretty much admitted that he thought this would probably be the last time he gets to go up there alive. I tried to dissuade that line of talk, but he is a realist and knows himself better than anyone else. Plus what I am seeing each time I go up to visit…well we will see.

While riding up we talked, Yankees (he’s a big fan) / Red Sox (I’m a big fan), Patriots, some politics, and remembered things. But mostly, I simply listened and I think that is what he wanted more than anything – he wanted to talk. He kept talking and I learned a lot about things that I thought I knew about, but like they say I got the rest of the story – at least from his perspective. 🙂

Up at the lake, we talked some more, had some quiet time together. Then I needed to take a walk to collect my thoughts and he needed time to himself with his wife, his emotions and their memories.

After leaving the lake, we talked some more, stopped for lunch in Greenville and drove home. The conversation was more of his memories of how he grew up and the people in his life. The two hour trip back to his house seemed to take about half the time it took to get up North.

Neither one of us are overly demonstrative kind of guys when it comes to showing emotion, but we hugged, told each other how much we loved one another and I think I might have gotten something in my eyes walking back to the van.

At that point after driving around for almost five hours and being on emotional overload for most of it, I needed a run.

So I headed over to Newport parked at the Hannaford and ran around the outskirts of town.

It wasn’t a fast run and that isn’t what I needed, I just wanted to get out move around someplace that I was very familiar with. I grew up on those streets and as I passed places that mean something to me, they took on a different look after talking so much with Dad earlier. Especially when running by my Grandparents old house and the house I consider my home over on Elm Street.

After that I still had to drive home. I put over 270 miles on the body today and by the time I did get home I was spent emotionally and physically. However, I believe that it was one of those days that I will remember for the rest of my life and I think that my father enjoyed the day as well.

Whatever time any of us have left on this little blue marble, I believe we need to remember what is important and that life is not always easy or even fair, but it is what we make it, based on the choices we make each day.

Today, I made a pretty good choice. 🙂

Nope Didn’t Feel Like Running At All – RunLog 10-9-18

I will be honest today I really didn’t feel like running – at all.

The weather might have played a bit of a factor in that blah feeling, since I have acclimated to the cooler temps and this morning was more like August than a third of the way through October.

Initially I was going to go over to Colby and play on the track for 5-7 miles, but when I got out of the Ford dealership, I had a bad case of the blahs and just turned to go home. By the time I got home the idea of running just didn’t appeal to me. So I sat on the couch and relaxed for about a half an hour.

I told myself that I would go out the door at 10:30a. Well that came and went.

I am going to take Dad up above Greenville tomorrow to pay our respects to my Mom and am pretty sure that it will end up being a DNR in the log book. The trip is very important to me, but at the same it is all about him, not me tomorrow, since I have a feeling that this might be one of the last times he makes this trip. He ain’t doing real great and well…its an important thing for us both.

Which meant that if I was going to have a decent weekly total that I had to get a few miles in today. So I grudgingly got my arse off the couch and got ready to run.

Tuesdays are supposed be a go faster day, so I was wearing my RunFasts and figured that I would see how I felt to whether I ran fast or just got the miles in.

The first mile was okay, but I felt forced, the second one while a little faster still felt forced and when I got past the 2.0 mile mark, I had to find a place to dash into the woods. I made it there, but not by much.

After that pit stop I lost focus, well I should say any interest in running hard. I didn’t push again until I got to mile 4.0 when I decided that I needed to get my butt going again. I picked up the pace, but still just didn’t feel all that interested in pushing myself hard as I normally would on this kind of day.

The heat probably did have something to do with everything and I was sweating like a stuck pig. However, I also didn’t have any motivation or drive to run faster.

At that point, I decided that I was going to just do the Goodhue 10K and stop at the bottom of Stevens Hill. This took a little pressure off and I just wilted that last part.

It was still a pretty good run, not as fast and certainly without the mental toughness that I would like have to do a harder run, but still with everything going on around the house and the sudden heat, I did get it done and sometimes the doing is most of the battle.

No Hills Today – RunLog 10-8-18

Some days, you just want to run a mostly flat route. Unfortunately, for me that means either driving someplace else to run or doing 1 mile laps on the road in front of the house. I didn’t really feel like driving so that meant doing laps in front of the house.

I guess I am somewhat strange, because doing laps really doesn’t bother me. I can just put the brain in neutral, start running, play a couple of mental tricks once in while and just keep plugging away.

Since I was too lazy to go anywhere else mile laps were the order for the day. Mondays are just for getting a few miles in and where I did a pretty good 7.0 yesterday, I figured 5.0 miles would be about right.

During the dog walk this morning, the way that the leashes hit my left wrist starts my Garmin by accident 3-4 times a walk and I have to discard the “run”. Which is a pain in the arse. So I after the 4th time I decided to put my Garmin on the right wrist. I have been wearing watches on my left wrist for 50 or so years and it just doesn’t feel “right” on my right wrist.

I purposely didn’t change it back for the run and noticed that whenever I wanted to check my pace at the end of a mile lap that I would raise my left wrist and grumble a bit. I never did get the splits for the first three miles until after I finished, which was probably a good thing.

So the first 3.0 miles, I ran blind and just ran pretty easy. That first mile my left ankle did bother a bit, but once it got loosened up, I ran on it without any issues. I think that if I attempt to run too much in my 4mm drop shoes without any transition time that they do bother my ankle a little more. The 8mm drop Breakthru 4s seem to help it, so I just have to remember to not run too often or consecutive days in the Zealot 3s or Liberty’s going forward.

I did pick up the effort for the last mile, but never got out of the comfortably hard effort level. Which turned the run into a sort of progression run, because each of the mile splits was quicker than previous one.

The Breakthru 4s did just fine.

I noticed that the bottoms of my feet have been bothering me quite a bit lately and when I looked at them after showering today, I noticed that both feet have some pretty nasty callous build-up. A lot more than I had thought was there. Which is something that I thought I was keeping up with, but when I looked closer, I needed to do some work on them.

Once I got the callouses reduced down to reasonable levels again, I could already feel a difference for the bottoms of my feet. Hopefully, having done this will help my feet feel better during my runs.

Another nice run, where I was smiling at the end.

A Nice 7.0 Miler – RunLog 10-7-18

Well there, the weather cooperated nicely. Overcast, upper 50’s, a nice breeze on the way out, with just a touch too much humidity. It seems that Fall is pretty much here based on how much the leaves are turning, even with the higher than usual temps for October.

I decided that I was going to do a comfortable run out to Goodhue and either finish up with 7.0 or 8.0 miles, depending upon how the feet were feeling at the end.

Now after yesterday’s 5.0 miler my left ankle was a little sore in the place that bothered me a lot back in the Summer of 2017. Nothing serious, but for the first mile, the ankle was a little stiff and sore.

It never completely went away during the run, but it also wasn’t all that bad either, so I just kept plugging along

The first half of the run was against that little breeze and actually felt pretty good. Coming back I did pick it up slightly, but I didn’t push, it is more because it is a lot of downhill while on Tiffany Road and I like downhill running.

I slowed down in the usual places.

At about the 6.0 mile mark, my right forefoot pad started to bother just a little. A lot like the RunFasts do, but it didn’t start until a couple miles later, so it wasn’t really a big deal. Plus when I looked at the callous pad when I got done, I could see where I needed to scrape some callous off my feet (one of those constant things that I deal with on a fairly regular basis).

It was also the maiden voyage of the Saucony Breakthru 4s. No ISO Fit bootie to worry about and it was a big difference and for a first run being 7.0 miles without any shoe issues was a nice change. The only thing I wasn’t impressed about was the colorway – Purple and Black are not “my” colors, but the price was right.

Almost But Not Quite Right – RunLog 10-5-18

It was one of those pretty cool runs that you can only have in the Fall. Mid 40’s, bright sunshine and a bit of breeze. Long sleeve top and shorts – yeah just about a perfect day for a great run.

I thought that I would try a longer run outside in my Saucony Zealot 3’s today to see if my little alteration to the booties would make a difference or not. I figured that an easy run out to Goodhue Road would be a nice test.

The first mile felt good and I was pretty surprised when the first mile split was just over 8:30. I wasn’t pushing the pace or anything. This first mile reminded me why I really am giving the Zealot 3’s another opportunity. I run really well in them and they are just about perfect for where I run.

Going into the second mile nothing hurt and there was zero discomfort, so I was hopeful that I “fixed” them enough that they were going to be the running shoes that I had hoped they would be back in May.

After I passed the 2.0 mile point, I could feel the right foot starting to bother a little – more a distraction than uncomfortable, but it was there.

Shit!!!

I hoped that it would go away, but it didn’t. The distraction never got beyond just a feeling and nothing like it was when I was running regularly in them in May. Which meant that the surgery on the inner bootie was having some positive affect. Also it was only the right foot that was bothering – the left foot felt fine.

Progress but…

I wasn’t certain of how things were going to go as I got further into the run, so I decided to be conservative and turned back to the house at Notta Road for a 5.0 miler versus my planned 7.0. Which sort of sucked, but sometimes I do actually think about what I am doing and quite honestly, I have been running mostly pain-free lately and didn’t want to deal with any major discomfort on this run either.

Going back, I was a little frustrated and lost my focus for a while. I was seriously thinking about what surgery I could or needed to do to that damned bootie on my right foot as soon as I got home, because I really do like the Zealot 3s except for that damned thing bootie.

However, I still had to finish this run.

Thankfully, the discomfort in my right foot never really got any worse, but it didn’t really get all that much better either throughout the rest of the run. The right foot was a distraction because it felt as though it was going to start to really bother at any minute, so I was too focused on when that was going to happen versus just running.

Even so, I managed to run 8:40 pace overall for the 5.0 miles, with my mind more concerned about how my right foot was feeling than running. The rest of the body felt fine. So that still tells me that I still run well in the Zealot 3s.

So I am at a bit of a conundrum regarding whether I like them enough to cut most of the bootie out of the outside of the right shoe. It comes down to:

A. If I do and it doesn’t work, then I have screwed the shoes up for the next person who is lucky enough to get them.

B. If I do and my foot doesn’t bother when running in them I have added a really nice shoe to my rotation and will be able to run well in them.

I have a feeling that I will wait a week or so and maybe attempt another run in them the way they are or just a little tweak, to see if I continue to have the issue with the discomfort in my right shoe.

The run was a pretty decent 5.0 miler, now to get the Zealots so that they don’t bother my right foot.

Feeling A Little Off, But Still Getting Things Done

It seems that I am turning into a later afternoon runner for the next few weeks. 🙂 Just a lot going on around the house and by the time I get to feeling like running, it is already afternoon.

Yesterday’s run was just more of the same…

I wasn’t feeling really great in the morning, headache and a bit of an upset stomach, but not enough to really stop me from getting stuff done. One of those minor inconvenient yech feeling mornings. Nothing serious. We still walked the dawgs (sp) and did stuff around the house.

After lunch, I started the closing up the garden routine, busting up the rows and leveling out the dirt to get it ready for a good dose of lime and the winter snow pack. Gardening may sound relaxing and easy, but when doing the actual work with a hoe, it is a pretty good workout. I know that I worked up a decent sweat.

Once I got what I could do in the garden, I was ready for a run.

I was supposed to do a longer run, but the distance/time seemed too overwhelming for me right now, so I decided to simply run down to the Town Office and back to see how things shook out.

The run itself was nothing to write home about, a nice Zone 2 run, that I slowed down way too much on Blake and Stevens Hills. Today was simply about feeling better and getting a few miles on my feet.

One thing I am not too sure about is the Pegasus 34s? It seems like the outside of my right foot is bothering me a lot more since I started running primarily in them. Maybe I will take a week away from running in them to see if it is me or something about the shoes.

Maybe wearing them in a size 9.0 versus my actual size 8.0 foot has something to do with it? It shouldn’t make that big a difference, but sometimes that foot is pretty particular about what I wear on it while running. So we will see on that one.

Still it was a pretty good run and by the end of the day I was feeling a lot more like myself.

We are one step closer to SD2’s house being done! CMP connected it to the power pole yesterday afternoon. Now to finish up all the little things that depended on the house having power, yardwork finished, get the propane tank delivered and connected to the heating system, so she can close and move in. I hate to say I told you so, but when we got word for us to get the trees cut, I told Mary it would be about 1 November before she would be in and I think I was pretty spot on. 😉

I Wouldn’t Be Surprised

Yesterday, I took a day off from running and went North to spend some time with Dad. It was a great visit and we talked about a lot of things. Yeah, including politics, usually one of those third rail subjects for both of us. You see he is a lifelong Democrat and I for most of my life was a pretty moderate Republican.

Now things are sort of reversed he was for a long time a die-hard Trump supporter in an area where there is a LOT of support for the Republican platform. Me, I would be called a liberal leaning Republican with damned Independent ideas, who is registered to vote in the Green Party (talk about mixed up) in a more Liberal leaning area. So we tend to not discuss politics on a regular basis in order to keep the peace between us.

Yesterday that sort of changed. As we danced around talking about the political crap going on from all the major parties. We were amazed to find that many of our thoughts were the same although we are coming to our conclusions from different directions.

1. President Trump is part of the problem and most likely not part of the solution. Although Vice-President Pence brings his own set of issues, not the least of which is how much would he bring his religion to the White House. However, Trump’s continuous grandstanding and petty meanness towards anyone who dares to disagree with him is only making the Country more divided along the ideology and purity of party lines. We both agreed that his Twitter account needs to be deleted, never to be seen again. Trump probably is not the only President who was/is/will be an arsehole, but with that Twitter account, everyone gets to see how much of one he actually is.

2. Neither of us bother to watch much news from anywhere other than the local channels anymore. He was a big watcher of Fox and I tended to veer towards CNN. We both agreed that ESPN and NESN are more enjoyable and probably more reliable in their reporting.

3. That Judge Kavanaugh with his most recent testimony before the Senate panel, did not show the restraint, humility or honesty that either of us would expect from someone that was going to be appointed to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh came across as an angry kid, who had a temper tantrum because he isn’t getting what he wants.

Whether Kavanaugh is guilty of the crime of attempted rape or not, or if it was a political hit for his past work with the Starr grand jury, we the public will never know. We agreed that we disagreed on who to believe on this.

We did agree that while he will probably be confirmed by the Senate this week, despite his performance and the number of “white lies” that he extolled to everyone that he was a choir boy who never did anything wrong. However, we both believe that he will not set aside what has happened during his nomination process when it comes to his judicial responsibilities and it will shape his judicial temperament and decision making biases even more than they were before this all started. The Democrats have made a very public enemy who in all likelihood will be sitting soon on the Supreme Court.

4. We talked about too many people are attempting to re-write history to meet the standards we live by in today’s world and not look at them in the context of the time that they lived. We agreed that for the most part people of different eras in history made choices, decisions and lived their lives the best they could, based on what they knew at that time.

They did not have the luxury of our 20/20 hindsight. Ideas of right, wrong and why have changed quite fluidly over the years, sometimes we forget that. The idea of common human decency, well that is a something that is decided culturally, during that era and is probably different from our present expectations. We did agree that it is difficult to judge people from different eras based on the today’s standards.

We talked about that there will come a day when the world we live in today will be judged as ignorant and lacking by the generations to come and they will not understand the decisions that individuals made during what we think of as this so-called enlightened time in history. It would be interesting to see who are seen as the heroes and villains from the vantage point of 100 years in the future. I think that there will be a few surprises just like when we look back in history to those who we now think of as being heroes and villains.

5. That we both agree that the churches need to stay out of politics. The separation between Church and State needs to be kept strong and that the Church gaining more power is not in the best interest of anyone but the churches or those who want to use the power of the churches.

6. Politics is all about power and control and that those who have the power and money, want to keep it that way. Not that this has really ever changed, but with the power of the Internet and social media the normal power players have new competition and that is part of the battle we are all seeing, versus seeing just what they want us to see. The nastiness of local, state and national politics is on view immediately 24/7 versus in the past when news was 1/2 to an hour at night from “trusted” commentators or a day or more old by the time the newspaper or town crier got it.

One more observation

On thing that I did notice on my way home and it was something that was eerily similar to 2016, enough so that it really made me stop and think about it. All the polls and big newspapers seem to be predicting a huge democratic victory in November. Now I am not the sharpest tool in the shed or anything like that, but the number of lawns that had Republican supported signs vastly out-numbered any other political party.

I noticed the same thing back in 2016 and like many others was shocked by the election results. Based on what I am seeing driving around the backroads and listening to conversations going on around me and yes, even on Facebook. This time I will not be as surprised, if against all the polls, editorials and television projections/predictions that the Republicans retain control of both the House and Senate. There is more Republican support out there than people are being led to believe.

So I expect more than a few “surprises” this November. Not all of them will be what I want, but it will be what the voters decide.

The reality is that

My Father and I had some pretty good conversations about a lot of things that we usually do not talk about and realized that we have more in common than not. Which is something that I have a feeling that if more people actually talked, listened and took time to look beyond their screens or perfected for media personalities and attitudes, that would be the case.

Talking about politics, religion or anything else that is controversial comes with risks, but if we are unwilling to do so and we will continue to elect politicians who espouse simple solutions and grotesquely negative characterizations of those who do not agree with their vision of the world, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Yeah, I do wonder who will be seen as the heroes and villains a hundred years from now. It might not be the people we think, then again it might just be that some of us see things from a different perspective.

Switching Back to Augusta & 5K Tempo – RunLog 10-2-18

It was cold, rainy, a bit blustery…well just a nasty day yesterday. Which meant that at some point I was going to go run on the treadmill. It has been my experience that in this weather it is when I pull/strain a muscle the easiest, so I prefer to be a wimp and run on the treadmill.

By the time I was able to get a run in it was fairly late in the afternoon and it gave me a chance to think about something I have been thinking about for a while.

Switching my Planet Fitness gym membership back to Augusta. No nothing is wrong with Waterville’s PF gym and I like the outside running routes up there a lot better than Augusta’s.

The bottom line is that I just do not feel comfortable at the Waterville Planet Fitness and really haven’t been since I started there back in March. For some reason, even though I know and talk with more people in Waterville and the facility itself is much nicer, every time I go into the Waterville PF, I feel rushed (even when it isn’t busy). That feeling that I just want get back out the door as quickly as possible.

Augusta just has more of an “open” feel/atmosphere that makes me more willing to stick around to do some weights, stretch and foam roll after I get done running on the treadmill.

So yesterday I went to Augusta and changed my membership back to that Planet Fitness.

Then I stretched.

Ran a tough for me tempo/progression 7.5 mph to 8.6 mph 5K on the treadmill.

Stretched/foam rolled

I left the gym feeling good about my workout and knowing that I had done the correct thing for me in switching back. I know that I will whine about the lack of running routes at some point, but like they say “a bitching sailor is a happy sailor”.

While I was writing this, it came to me at least part of the reason for my comfort level in the Augusta Planet Fitness was that the staff while I was completing the transfer process was joking around with me. They were smiling, laughing and taking time to talk with me as a person, not just another number.

A lot of the same staff that has been in Augusta for a while was still there. Maybe that is a part of my comfort zone – the staff seem friendlier/more relaxed around the members.

Which is very different from my experience in Waterville. It isn’t like the staff was unfriendly or anything, it was more that I had zero interactions with them beyond hello, excuse me and goodbye. The staff there was always busy, stressed and seemed to be on edge all the time.

Maybe that is what I was feeling.

I think that might be a bigger part of my comfort level than I thought.

All I know is that it felt good to be back at the Augusta Planet Fitness where I didn’t feel like I had to get out of the building as quickly as possible.

Treadmillin It and Zealot 3 Resurrection? – RunLog 10-1-18

I was thinking seriously about running outside this morning…well until I did Bennie’s long walk and it was raining fairly good and with the temps in the mid 40’s, it was pretty raw out there. Especially, when Bennie turned around early in his walk because he was starting to shiver pretty good.

Which meant a drive into Waterville to beat on Planet Fitness’ treadmill.

It also gave me a fairly safe day to run in the Zealot 3’s to see if they were going to bother or not.

Even though I did a little quicker run yesterday, once I got going, I decided to do a small progression run, nothing super hard, but getting things into a little quicker pace than usual.

So I did the following:

1.0 – 7.0 mph

1.0 – 7.1 mph

1.0 – 7.2 mph

2.0 – 7.5 mph

0.5 – 7.6 mph

0.5 – 7.7 mph

Now I wasn’t attempting to set any land speed records and kept things fairly reasonable.

I did have a quick pit stop at 2.0 miles to fix my toe sock on my right foot. The little toe felt “off” and I had to stop and take my shoes off to fix the sock. After that it didn’t bother and I was able to keep running without anymore sock issues.

Now to talk about the Saucony Zealot 3’s. After the 4.0 mile mark, I could feel my feet starting to tingle a little. Not nearly as bad as they have in the past in the Zealot 3’s and it never got to the point where it was more than slightly uncomfortable. However, it is still not the same level of comfort as the Pegasus have for me.

I will attempt to do one more change to the lacing and see if that makes any difference, but I am not optimistic that it will make much of a difference. I really think that I would have to cut the outside of the bootie complete to the end of the toe box for it to really make a difference for me. I really do not want to do that for the next person who might own them after me.

However, I do run really well in them which makes it really tough for me to give up on them. Maybe if I could get a pair of Saucony Breakthu’s since they do not have the bootie style, they would work for me.

We will see.

I just wish that the Zealot 3s didn’t bother my forefeet as much, they are just about what I am really looking for in a shoe. However, comfort is the most important thing I am looking for in a shoe and they haven’t quite reached that standard.