38th Annual CMS January Thaw – Race Recap

Ahhhh January and running = a bit chilly most of the time.

Photo by David Colby Young

It also means running at the Central Maine Striders January Thaw in Belgrade, ME. Today was the 38th edition, so thank you again to Gene, Geoff, Ron P., DonneJean, Ron P, Alicea and all the rest for putting on what is usually my coldest race of the year ;-). Continue reading “38th Annual CMS January Thaw – Race Recap”

A Better Test, but a Bit Chilly

There this 5+ miler outside was better than yesterday’s treadmill run in my new Puma Speed 600 Ignite’s. They felt fine until I started back up the hill and then they were good once I got up to the top and lengthened out my stride again. Something about going up the steep hill the 600’s didn’t like. Otherwise I was very pleased with how well they did.


Okay, let’s get to the run, because the conditions are important too and the 600’s did well, despite the conditions.

10*F with a light breeze out of the north, made it a bit chilly. While the roads were mostly clear, there was some icy spots and if I needed to get out on the shoulder to yield to a vehicle, it was definitely icy or very hard snow.

It was cold enough that I dug out Hannibal Lector mask, which made the run a lot more bearable than it would have been otherwise, but scary if anyone had been outside to meet me. However, when I run with the mask it also means no glasses – not a good thing for a guy with 20/400 vision. It does make me focus more on running and less on what is going on around me though. Continue reading “A Better Test, but a Bit Chilly”

First Run in Puma Speed 600S Ignite

Yeah, I am on a bit of a Puma running shoe kick right now. They are fitting my feet quite well, the quality of workmanship is very good and the prices on Amazon have been rather amazing – almost to the point of me getting in a lot of trouble with the wife.

It means that I have a few shoes that are in the closet or in temporary retirement, until well I start running in them again. Which if I keep liking the Puma’s as much as I have been lately, it might be a while.

A nice problem to have.

I really like the style/looks of the 600’s and the outsole tread, seems to be a nice multipurpose tread. They seemed to be right in the wheelhouse of what I look for in a daily trainer, long run shoe and for recovery days. In other words the 600’s intrigued me and the price was right.

However, I was worried about the 600’s weight when I ordered them, since I like my shoes to be right around 10 oz or less. Just about everything I was reading had them somewhere over 11 oz or just under. Which isn’t bad, but more than I prefer. Also, I was wondering how the side strap would work with my Tailor’s Bunionette.


As you can see from the photo, the 600’s come in at 10.1 oz, which is close enough. Continue reading “First Run in Puma Speed 600S Ignite”