Today was one of those drizzly, cloudy, nasty days that when you go for a run, you leave your glasses behind, because they just get covered and you can’t see anyway. It does make it thought to see what is going on, because without glasses, I am just a bit visually challenged.
Also this weather was what I had been waiting for, to check out how the New Balance 1400 v6 run in wet conditions on tar and the dirt road down-back.
So it was with kind of mixed feelings about doing this run today, nasty outside, but I would find out a lot about the 1400 v6.
Planned Workout Description: Actually, I wasn’t sure that I would even be running today. We had to go to Rumford for a Wake at some point. If I did run, I planned on something a little harder, but not anything beyond comfortably hard.
- Day: Saturday
- Time of Day: 9:52a
- Course: Wildwood O/B
- Distance: 4.06
- Time of Run: 34:16
- Pace: 8:26
- Rating (1-4): 3
- Running Streak Day #: 8
- Weather: Rain/Drizzle/Overcast, 49°F, Feels like 46°F, Humidity 98%, Wind 6mph from NE
Variables that impacted the run: Weather, thinking about having to drive up to Rumford and back.
Comments: Getting out the door was tougher than the actual running. Once I got going it wasn’t too bad, although the breeze/wind was in my face all the way out. Not bad, but enough to make me work a lot harder than I was expecting.
Going down Stevens Hill would have been a bad adventure in many of the road shoes I currently have in my rotation, but the 1400s did great and I easily remained upright.
I went through the first mile a little slower than I thought I would be, but I wasn’t working as hard as I could have been, but I also wanted to make sure how the 1400s would react on the dirt down-back.
When I got to the tar on Tiffany, I did pick it up a little more, then I backed off a bit after I turned-around. Not so much because I was tired or anything, I just lost focus.
In the short time it took me to get to Wildwood and then back to the flats down-back, the dirt road had gotten a lot more slimy and I had to pick my lines much more carefully to avoid the layer of slippery mud that was forming.
While the 1400s were performing great on the dirt, when I would hit a little deeper mud, they didn’t have enough grip to really do the job. Not a big deal, but it was nice to learn what their limitations were.
Shoes Worn: New Balance 1400 v6 – They did fantastic on the wet tar and dirt/slime/mud down-back. No issues with traction or comfort.
How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? It gives me a real good idea on how the 1400s will do in weather where my other “go faster” shoes really are not a good choice.
Cardio Total: 2.72
Non Running Comments: After noon, we did the Rumford flip/flop – about an hour and half each way. So I was pretty tired after getting home.