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.

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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.

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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”

Puma Website Running Shoe Confusion/Differentiation????

Sometimes I just scratch my head, when it comes to how  some brands name and differentiate their performance running shoes on their websites.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on the Puma website (I like how 3-4 of their models fit and feel so far) and while I have figured out some stuff I still gotta ask…

“Why are things so damn confusing?”

It is not the first brand’s website that I have felt this way on, it is only the latest.

It got so bad that I finally put Puma’s performance shoe lineup on their website, into a spreadsheet which helped me visualize what was going on. Continue reading “Puma Website Running Shoe Confusion/Differentiation????”

Puma Ignite Power Cool – Initial Thoughts

Today was my second run in the Puma Ignite Powercools so it is time to give my initial impressions of them. Yesterday was 3.2 mile run and today was a 5+ miler where I did my shoe test run course. i.e. running down the Bitch and then having to come back up it at some point. Which really gives me a pretty good clue on how I will run in a pair of running shoes.

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These were a Bennie Christmas present that he got off Amazon for a pretty amazing price. I liked the fit and upper of the Mobium Swiftstrike, but not the slappy ride, Bennie seemed to think that the Ignite’s would be a nice alternative and ordered them. I did find out that the toe box is more pointy and narrower than the Swiftstrike, but not enough to bother my tailor’s bunionette. So that was a good thing.

Personally, I HATED the blue laces on the blue upper and they were flat laces, which I am not all that crazy about in the first place, which meant that I had to change things up to a rounded yellow lace, just to give it some color and make them easier to tie. Continue reading “Puma Ignite Power Cool – Initial Thoughts”

Puma Mobium Swiftstrike – 50 Mile Review

There I got running in the Puma Mobium Swiftstrike’s out of my system.

Back in 2014 I volunteered to be a Puma wear-tester, but my foot size is too small to be one and will never have an opportunity to be one, which frustrated me and sort of jaded me against wearing/trying Puma for a long time. However, I had some good experiences back in the day with Puma’s and have always been intrigued by their Mobium line of running shoes.

I really wanted to see how they did with a pair that actually fit me and they were an early Christmas gift from my daughter.

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Not a bad shoe. Continue reading “Puma Mobium Swiftstrike – 50 Mile Review”

Week Peek Back – 12/4/16

December, the last month of 2016, can you believe it! This year has just flown by!!!

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No snow yet, but it is coming and so is the cold weather. That is the one thing as I get older that I enjoy less and less every year – being cold sucks.

Yes, I will be doing a few end of year reflections and looking back at the shoes I have run in this year over the course of the next few weeks. But let’s take a look at what happened this past week.

I got a new pair of running shoes (what else is new), but my left knee has been bugging me when I have been wearing my primary daily trainers, so it was time to see if it was the shoes or my very over-active imagination.

 

Other than that things have been pretty quiet on the running front. Continue reading “Week Peek Back – 12/4/16”

Puma Mobium Swiftstrike – First Run 12-3-16

Well there, I finally ran in a pair of Puma Mobiums that fit they way they are supposed to.

Thank you again Katie K. and family for the early Christmas gift.

Yes, they are bright.

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They are definitely “Harold” shoes, it just took a mile or so to figure out how best to run in them.

The Swiftstrikes have a very different feel to them when I first started running in them, it was…well clunky. For the first 100 yards, the heel-to-toe transition was horrible, they slapped the ground, were loud and if I had been at a running store, doing a fitting I would have turned around and just said no.

I thought during that time what kind of mistake did I do?

However, I was pretty much committed to running with Bennie and he doesn’t take kindly to cutting his run short — unless he wants to. Yeah, he becomes an unbearable pain in the arse to be around.

So I kept going. Continue reading “Puma Mobium Swiftstrike – First Run 12-3-16”

Fascination or Obsession – Puma Mobium Line

Have you ever been totally obsessed with something that just doesn’t make a bit sense?

You  can’t understand why and when in the past you have gotten them, for whatever reason they just didn’t work for you, but it didn’t stop you from wanting to try them – again.

It is irrational, illogical, unreasonable, unjustifiable, absurd, preposterous and all those other words that we use to describe, us wanting something and not have any valid reason for our fascination with it.

That is how I am with the Puma Mobium line of running shoes.

Once upon a time, well a couple of years ago, I was going to wear-test for Puma, but come to find out, even though I wear primarily size 8.5 or 9.0 in most running shoes, when I submitted my Brannock device photo, my actual foot size is closer 7.5 or 8.0, so I didn’t meet the sizing necessary to be a wear-tester.

Bummer dude.

I even went down to Boston and met with the good folks from Puma’s wear-test division, to see why.

Pretty simple – my feet are too small. Continue reading “Fascination or Obsession – Puma Mobium Line”