First 15.0 Miler in the Books This Year – RunLog 4-10-14

Yep, I did 15.12 miles today and I did them in the Brooks Launch. This was really my first run in these shoes, I don’t consider my 1+ mile yesterday a real good sign of how a pair of shoes will do. However, today’s 15.0 miler was a good way to find out how they would work, but more on that in a minute.

Ra-Course Map 4-10-14
Ra-Course Map 4-10-14

I picked a nice sunny day in the low 50’s to do this run, which sounds great, but there was one problem – The Freaking Wind. It was 10-15 mph steady and coming up out of the south – so of course guess which direction I was going – between 80 and 90% of the run was into the wind.

Which made this run a lot more miserable than it should have been, especially when I got into the wind tunnel areas and winds were in the 20-30 mph range. The absolute worst was going over the big bridge over the Kennebec, a couple of times I lost my breath because of the gusts.

So it was a windy run.

How did the Launch do? Continue reading “First 15.0 Miler in the Books This Year – RunLog 4-10-14”

First Run Brooks Launch – RunLog 4-9-10

Brooks Launch 4-9-14
Brooks Launch 4-9-14

After the last two failed attempts at adding a pair of running shoes to my daily rotation, I still needed to add a pair of shoes to my daily rotation, especially since my primary shoes are rapidly approaching 200 miles.

I have done a lot of running shoe shopping, research AND trying on multiple brands/styles over the last 2-3 weeks, so I had a really good idea of what I wanted.

Unfortunately, the shoes I assumed I would be getting just didn’t feel right, their lack of heel-to-toe smoothness was noticeable in both the size 8.5 and 9.0’s that I tried on.

This disappointed me – a lot, but I wasn’t going to get them just to get them.

Which left me sitting there, looking at the shoe wall wondering what I would do next and I noticed the Brooks Launch towards the lower part of the display – a shoe that I had previously described as: “I could wear this shoe, but it just didn’t excite me”.

Why?

The Launch has been around for a while, there isn’t anything particularly special or notable about the shoe, it is a closer to a more traditional shoe than I have been wearing, Brooks doesn’t really market it and there is none of that “this is the greatest running shoe ever” – being shouted all over the running blogs that I read. Continue reading “First Run Brooks Launch – RunLog 4-9-10”

50 Mile – Skechers GoRun Ride2 Review

This is my first review on A Runnah’s Story and I am going to do a few things differently, than I have on my other blogs.

Most importantly – I don’t care about what the manufacturer’s marketing propaganda says, what other reviewers write or even what the shoe’s stats are. Those things might mean something when I first buy a pair of shoes, but by the time I run 50 miles in them, the shoes are:

  • given away,
  • thrown in the back of the closet or
  • a part of my regular running shoe rotation.

Another thing that worked well this time was not doing an initial running shoe review, they really don’t mean diddly and you are parroting what the manufacturer’s marketing information is, so that is going to be my standard ops from now on – no initial review.

Skechers GoRun Ride2
Skechers GoRun Ride2

Skechers GoRun Ride2’s (GRR2)

I asked for and got these running shoes for my birthday a few weeks ago, because of my positive experiences with the Skechers GoRun2’s. Since then I have done a trail run (shhhh still not supposed to), dirt roads, tar, a couple of 8.0 milers and have 52.3 miles on them. Continue reading “50 Mile – Skechers GoRun Ride2 Review”

First Runs in Nike Free Run +3

P6210001-001I won a gift card as part of a drawing during a #FitFluential chat with Blue Diamond Almonds a few weeks ago (the almonds are almost all gone Smile and were delicious) and used it towards a new pair of running shoes.

Since I was so impressed with how great the Free 4.0’s were, I ordered another pair of Nike Free running shoes. Originally, I thought that I had ordered the Free 3.0’s, but I made a mistake and ended up with the Free Run +3.

After a thinking about it and wearing them for a couple of walks I decided to keep the Free Run+3’s instead of sending them back. Things happen for a reason sometimes.

Review Process

My routine when I get new shoes is to do a quick post on my first impressions (click here) and then a post after my first run in the shoes to give a quick review of what I thought.

Last night during my first run in the Free Run+3, I was running into a Thunderstorm and was more concerned about bright flashes of light, than paying attention to how the shoes were really doing, even though I ran over 3.0 miles in them.

After that run I wasn’t convinced that I would be happy with them, there something was different about them and I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.

I decided to do my Saturday 10 mile run in them. I figured if there were going to problems with the shoe it would show-up on a long run and I might as well know about it sooner than later.

Firmer Ride

Thinking about it more – to be honest, not noticing the shoes and not having them bother me all during that first run, was a pretty good initial sign that they could be a good pair of shoes. The more I thought about it though, I did notice that they seemed to have a much firmer ride and feel less cushy than the Free 4.0 to me.

No Problems

During my 10.0 mile run they didn’t bother me at all!

I discovered that the Free Run +3 were comfortable, no hot spots and were a “fast” shoe. It also felt as though the toe box was just a little wider than the 4.0 – at least shaped differently and felt as if I had more room for my toes to splay out.

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The hyped Dynamic Fit Lacing system didn’t really feel all that different to me, but at the same time it didn’t bother me while running, so in my mind if I don’t notice something during a run, it can be a good thing.

Biggest Thing

The biggest thing that I really noticed about these shoes (much the same as the Free 4.0’s) is that I run quietly in them. I do not hear myself pounding my heels into the pavement and there is no slap when I transition to the lift-off phase. It is a smooth transition, even going uphill, which hasn’t been the case for other shoes I have run in this year.

Negatives

Like the Nike Free 4.0, the Free Run+3 collects rocks in the grooves. While this is an annoyance more than anything most of the time, if a rock get stuck in there wrong or is big enough, I will have to stop and get it out. Just one of those things.

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The reality is

that I have run over 13 miles in these shoes over the past couple of days, without any problems. No I haven’t fallen in love with them like I did the 4.0’s, but I have a feeling that the +3’s might be as good a shoe for me in the long run, maybe better (but the jury is really out on that statement).

The firmer ride of the Free +3 seems to return more energy, then the cushy ride of the 4.0.

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I have a feeling that the Nike Free line-up of running shoes is going to meet my running needs for a while. I haven’t tried on any other running shoes that comes close to the way that they fit and perform for me this year and I have tried on a lot of shoes.

Lately it seems that most other shoes tell you to break your body in slowly to them, with the Nike Free’s, my second runs in them were both double-digit runs. I think that says a lot about the shoe, that I can’t say for others I have tried this year.

The best thing about my Nike Free running shoes is that – I just run in them.

I can’t give a running shoe a much higher rating than that.

First Real Run in the Newton Gravitas

Yes I know that I ran a whole mile in the Gravitas yesterday, but that was more of an excitement run than a real run. My legs were so beat up and tired when I ran yesterday, I was shocked at how well I ran in spite of that.

Going slow

I have watched most of the Newton Videos and read their literature over the past few months and take the warning that several have given me to be careful when starting out in the Newtons and to not overdo it and trash my Achilles/calves. After my experience with the MT20’s I plan to be very careful with how I transition to the Gravitas. I had planned to do between 2-3 and stop, everything felt fine and there were no aches or pains, so I did the 3.0.

I think that the work I have put in to change my form, the daily 100 ups, drills, running in the Kinvara 2 and the MT110s are going to make this transition a lot easier (plus the calf has healed up from that snowmobile trail strain). I still plan to make it a slow transition and don’t expect to make these my primary running shoes until early April.  I just want them ready for when the Kinvara have started to show a lot more wear.

So how did it go today?

The Newtons are very comfortable to run in, but I had a hard time getting a good rhythm through the first 1/2 mile. Every so often I would find the sweet spot and then lose the correct lean or how to lift instead of toe off (that is how I was taught back in the day and revert back to pretty quickly as my preferred way to run).

As I got more and more into the run, the better I felt. I won’t say that I was a speed demon, but I was moving along without putting a huffing and puffing like a wolf trying to get the three little pigs kind of effort. I stayed in the sweet spot more often and not and corrected myself when the landing started to feel clunky (good technical term, but if you run in Newtons you know what I mean).

While running tonight, I did notice that while landing on my heal is pretty easy and comfortable, however, it just doesn’t feel right and I tried to quickly correct whatever it is that I was or was not doing right pretty quickly, to get back the “correct” feel.

Also I ran right after a pretty good rain shower and the Gravitas gripped the roads without any problems. No they are not trail shoes, but that is not what they are made for and not what I got them for, I got them for running roads and maybe some dirt roads or paths, not trails. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to work great for me.

The reality is that

if the Newtons do work great for me it will really cause a huge dilemma, at some point down the road. When I have to replace them after X amount of mileage (because my form is far from perfect and I know that I still weigh too much for a 5’7″ inch runner). I will have to decide if the advantages of the Newton shoes outweigh the cost of Newton shoes.  But that is a problem that I don’t have to worry about now and I can just enjoy running for a while.

Who knows, by then running in Newton’s might make me into a running Demi God and I will have Newton or someone else clamoring to give me free running shoes for the rest of my life.

Yeah right I am laughing too and have a big grin about how much of a fantasy world that would be. 🙂

Ya gotta have a sense of humor to be a runnah.

Newton Gravitas – Initial Impressions

When I got home from my long run these were sitting waiting for me, in the living room (in the box)

I am very excited about it!!!

Start from the beginning

Oh wait, I guess I should back up and tell the story first.

Back in January and February after I was done researching what my next pair of shoes should be, I finally came up with a list of the 5 top shoes that I really wanted to try. Today, I got the shoes that I listed as second only because of the price, because there was no way in hell that I could afford them at their retail price – $175.00 or slide it by TheWife who keeps my urges to spend in check :-).

The Newton Gravitas were actually a dream shoe that I didn’t believe I would never get, unless I won them in a contest. I sure ain’t fast enough for them to send me shoes for free.

However the Natural Running Store is having a 50% off sale on Newton Shoes and I had a coupon for another 10%, so I got a hell of a deal on a pair of Newton Gravitas.

That same shoes that I never thought that I would be able to afford – I have worn running today. Are they last year’s model – YES – do I give a damn? No.

They are still brandy-spanky new Newton Gravitas and they are mine.

Best of all – this means that I get a chance to try the Newtons and see what all the hype is about.

Check-out the Natural Running Store

Do yourself a favor and check out the Natural Running Store, the more I do business with them the more I am impressed!!! No they didn’t pay me to say that or give me any product/discounts beyond anyone else, in return putting this in the middle of this post. I did it because I wanted to and because I believe that the people at the Natural Running Store do a great job and provide superior customer service.

First Impressions

First impressions out of the box for a pair of shoes that retail for a $175.00 – no defects, everything is where it is supposed to be, nice clean lines and a fantastic looking shoe. I had only seen the Gravitas in pictures and never seen a pair of Gravitas up close and personal (like in my hand or on my foot before), so I looked them over pretty damn close.

Yes I like bright colors, just ask the wife ;-).

 

How did they fit?

I was still pretty apprehensive about how they would fit (the one weakness with ordering online), but was much more willing to take a chance at this sale price, than at the regular price – just the way I am.

How did they fit? About as perfect as a shoe that is not hand-made for me is going to fit me. An 8.0 would have been a little too small and the 8.5 will worked just fine. The recommendations for buying a pair of Newtons 1/2 size bigger than you do normally is good advice.

The Moment of Truth

The moment of truth was taking them out for a spin up the road. My legs were pretty much toast from my 10.0 mile run this morning and then almost another mile walk with the dog, just before I decided that I had to try out the Newtons, so they definitely were tired.  In other words great time to test new shoes, to see how they will really feel and fit while running.

I could definitely feel Newton’s Action/Reaction Technology Lugs when I walked in the shoes and when I started running. It took a little while for my legs to say oh okay, we are doing this again? – today? – why? and then go ahead and do it.

The first half-mile was a little wonky as I got used to the “lugs”, but coming back down the hill, something happened and I could tell that I was landing right, it just felt good. I was able to keep up this most of the way back to the finish.

They felt light and fast, now to get used to them a little more to see if they are :-). They should help me will my efforts to improve my form – at least that is the plan. Just gotta remember Land-Lever-Lift.

I only ran 1.0 mile (the legs would have done more once they got going-but I am trying to be semi-smart) and did that in an easy 8:35. For a first run in a completely different type of running shoes, I am very happy with the results.

Another good thing about getting the Newton’s now – is that I don’t have to start using them as my daily shoes for a while longer and can adjust to the Gravitas slowly, while I continue to wear my Kinvara 2 as part of my three shoe rotation. The New Balance MT110 for sloppy stuff and trail work, Saucony Kinvara 2 for long runs and Newton Gravitas for breaking in, for when the Kinvaras eventually start to break down.

The reality is that

I know there have been too many posts about the first run in such and such a shoe lately, but hopefully, I have my 3 shoe rotation, that will last me through the end of the summer. It will be interesting to see how the Newtons do and if I will be willing to go a LONG way into my piggy-bank to keep running in them as my next pair of running shoes.

Very Positive

So what are my first impressions of a $175.00 retail shoe?

Very positive and I wouldn’t expect it to be anything different. Newton knows they damn well have to pay attention to the details.

When a company expects the consumer to pay that kind of money for a running shoe, they know that we will also expect the shoe to have top quality workmanship, materials and to be wowed by the shoe itself.

From what I can see so far the Newton Gravitas is every thing I would expect from that price and they meet my expectations for workmanship. The quality  and WOW factor are still something I will find out more about as I wear them more.

I am pretty cheap, so the Gravitas will have to really WOW me for me to consider it for next time, because I don’t think I will come across a deal like this again anytime soon and full-price is a little out of my budget for running shoes.

Let’s see if the Newton Gravitas WOWs me or comes down with a thunk.

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased these shoes with my own money, on sale from the Natural Running Store. The thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saucony Kinvara 2 – After 50 Miles

I now have 55.7 miles on my Saucony Kinvara 2s and I like to do a follow-up review of new shoes after 50 miles. So it is that time.

The newness has worn off and I have had time to notice the little things about a my Kinvara 2s that I didn’t, when I started to wear them

These are not leading edge shoes and have been around for a while (in shoe terms) and have been reviewed too many times for me to go into any great technical detail. My review will focus on how the K2s are working for me.

I have run in the K2s 12 times with long runs of 8 and 9 miles. How have they done?

Honestly, I like running in them so far. The K2s are a fast, light shoe that allows me to run the way I want to run.

Fit

They are mostly comfortable – I have a minor issue with the right pinkie feeling slightly too snug against the side of the shoe, but no blisters have formed there and after I start running, the snugness doesn’t seem to bother too much. Other than that minor snugness, the shoes fit very well and my feet don’t slide around inside of the shoe and there are no other hot spots, even after my long runs. When the Kinvara 3s come out, if I decide to stay with the Kinvara line – I might try on the wider edition, we will see how it goes and what I think of them in a few months.

Performance

On the road and in dry dirt the shoes have done very well and I like the amount of protection they offer, while only having a small amount of drop and being so light. Whether I am going faster or slower the Kinvara 2 feel very comfortable for me to run in.

The couple of times that down-back got a little muddy, the tread design wasn’t that great for muddy conditions and I slipped and slid around more than I would want, along with my feet getting pretty wet. These are definitely not mudder shoes.

I purposely ran out in today’s snow storm to see how they would do in snow – not as bad as some I have run in, but not all that great either, I was slipping a lot more than I did in my Peregrines. In my opinion as a winter shoe, they are not really all that good. I wouldn’t want these shoes to be my primary trail or winter shoes. Yes they you could run in them in those conditions and they would work on non-technical easy trails or some snow, like most other road shoes do.

This does mean that I need a second pair running shoes that have better traction and don’t allow your feet to get as wet or feel the cold  quite so much. In other words a pair of trail shoes, which are enroute.

The good news is that the snow run helped clean off some of the crud that had accumulated on these shoes :-).

Wear

There were a lot of reviews I read before getting the K2s, that discussed how the sole wears too quickly and how the uppers would last. To be honest, they look about like any other of my shoes after 50 miles, a little wear on the soles and the uppers are in still in great shape, just a little dirtier/stained than when I got them. I am not easy on shoes, by any stretch of the imagination and the Kinvara 2s have held up nicely for me.

Cons

The biggest thing that I don’t like about the Kinvara 2s that I have, is that they are mostly white. I am definitely not a White shoe type of runner, I run in mud, dirt, snow, slush and other stuff that just doesn’t do well with white shoes. It is what it is, and white/blue are what was available for colors in the Kinvara 2 when I got them, but white shows the crap that I generally go through way toooooo much.

The reality is that

If that is the biggest complaint I have about a pair of shoes (the color), then they must be doing fine. 😉

The Kinvara 2s are now being closed-out to make way for the Kinvara 3’s that are coming out later this spring, so you can definitely get some great deals on this shoe. Who knows, if I can get a great deal on another pair, I might just buy them and put them in the closet for when these wear out.

Yep – so far I like them – a lot.

FTC DISCLAIMER: I bought these shoes with my own money and no one has compensated me to write this review. The thoughts and words are my own.

First Run – in My Saucony Kinvaras 2

I have had way too may “first runs” lately, but this one felt different than the other shoes I have tried out lately. As I discussed in my Running Shoes – Time to Rewind and Start Over post I chose the Saucony Kinvara 2. Even though they were on my top 5 list, I had been hesitant to try them because of what had happened to my previous Saucony shoes (heel wear and blister problems). However, nothing else was working and I really do love the fit and feel of Saucony shoes, so I decided to look very closely at the Kinvaras.

I am glad that I did, the heel is designed differently than other Saucony shoes that I have run in and hopefully this design change, fixes the issues I have had with them in the past.

When I tried them on, there was no doubt that they were going to come home with me.

They did and here they are:

Enough of the pictures already, how did they do on my feet during the run?

How were they

FANTASTIC – this is a PG-13 site, so I can’t write what I really said-but the sailor did come out and play for a while. 🙂

They were comfortable, I easily maintained my form for most of 3.1 miles (except when I was screwing around with my iPhone’s arm band, which I eventually threw in my pocket). I knew the calf strain was there and had to back off my lean when I was going faster, but at more reasonable speeds, it was hardly noticeable – big freaking difference!!!!

The shoes are light and fast – and yes I like them a lot so far.

The only thing I noticed at all was that they were a little tight on my right forefoot, not uncomfortably tight, just more snug than the left, so that is something that I will watch to see if it loosens up a bit, after I wear them for a while.

Splits

Here are my splits for the run today:

The first mile in a new pair of shoes is always slower, as you get used to how they feel, plus I was messing around with how I was carrying my iPhone for the GPS program. That is my next project finding a great way to carry it once the weather turns warmer and I don’t have pockets to carry it in or else find a GPS watch that I have on my wrist – who know maybe I will win one of the contests going on.

I am definitely very happy with my mile 2 & 3 splits for a first run and my cadence was very close to my goal of 90.

The reality is that

Now I wish I had gotten my Saucony Kinvaras earlier and not done the run-a-round routine, if these work as good as I think they will, next time I will know to start with the Saucony, instead of waiting like I did this time.

The Kinvaras have had the best start of all of my shoes in a long time! Now let’s see how they do from here.

Next report at 50 miles.

Running Shoes – Time to Rewind and Start Over

Sometimes you just have to say I was wrong and start over. That is basically what I am doing with my running shoe choices over the past couple of weeks. The ones that I have purchased have not performed as I expected and instead of attempting to make do, I have decided to return them both and start this process over.

New Balance Minimus Trail 20

The New Balance Minimus Trail 20s shoes are not going to work for me. I have tried to transition to them, but when I run in them for any distance since the second day – they are continuing to re-aggravate my left calf strain, so it is time to move on.

Could I eventually run in these shoes – I really don’t know if I can or not, all I know is that running in them now is not happening. So I will find out about running in the next step down or two down the minimalist ladder later – not now. Now it is more important to keep developing my base than it is to experiment, so I decided to return MT20s.

I called New Balance Customer Service and talked with them about what had happened and how I couldn’t run in the shoes. The Customer Service Rep was fantastic and I had an email from New Balance authorizing return of the MT20s before I got  off the phone with them.  It is a pain to have to mail them back and then wait for a credit from the New Balance Store, but it is the right thing for me to do. When I do get the credit, I will probably get the MT110’s which have the 4MM drop and are trail shoes.

Asics Blur 33

The Asics Blur 33 just are not working for me. During my runs in them over the last 2 days, I have had to fight to keep my form or maintain a good pace. I haven’t ever had a pair of shoes that I have had to fight so hard to run comfortably in. They are well-built and fast shoes, but they want me to run one way (heel first) and I want to run a different way (mid-foot strike). Yesterday, towards the end of my 4.0 mile run my feet started to feel uncomfortable in the forefoot.  So last night I did some modifications, changing out the insoles to thinner ones and longer shoelaces (to replace the too short Asics laces), to make Blurs more comfortable for me.

I walked in them this morning to see if they were any more comfortable and they just did not feel right, ankles were now rubbing wrong, since they were deeper in the shoe (it is amazing the difference a few MM make, but it does make a difference.  During the walk I realized, that I was trying to make these shoes fit and feel more like my Saucony Peregrines.  When I realized this, I decided that I was going to return the Blur 33s. If I have to make a lot of changes to a shoe to run it, then there is a problem between how the shoe works for me and my needs.

I called Dick’s Sporting Goods to make sure that I could return the shoes to the Augusta store, even though I had bought them at the Topsham store. I told no problem, as long as I had the receipt – which I did.  I got there this afternoon and everything went like clock-work. There were no hassles with the exchange. I looked around a bit, but pretty much knew that I needed to try on the Saucony Kinvara. It was on my top 5 list and the only reason I had avoided them was because of the problems with the left heel wear I have experience with their shoes lately.

Saucony Kinvara

When I tried the Kinvara on, I knew that I didn’t have to look any further. They just fit me right. The way that I want and expect a shoe to fit me.

This is one of the things that I love about Saucony shoes is the way that they fit me. I looked very carefully at the Kinvara’s heel design and it is much different design than the Peregrine or other Saucony shoes I have run in, so hopefully this design difference will be the solution to my issue with Saucony shoes.

I walked around in the Kinvara for a minute, looked briefly at the Adidas Adi-Zero and Nike Free shoes again –  then walked back over, took them off, put the Kinvara in the box, told the salesperson thank you and walked up front, to finish the exchange process. It didn’t hurt that they were on clearance and I had a $10 off coupon for the shoes either. The staff at Dick’s were extremely helpful, I was very pleased with the customer service and appreciated the ease I was able to return something.

The reality is that

1. I wish that Augusta area had a better selection of running shoes to pick from or a running specialty shop in the area. Oh well, we don’t so that is why so many people in the area rely on ordering their shoes online, taking what is available is or traveling to Portland or beyond to find their running shoes.

2. I should have looked at the Saucony Kinvara the first time I went shoe shopping. They are a different shoe than the Peregrine (even though people have made them out to be sister shoes – yes they are from the same family but are definitely different – far beyond just being road or trail shoes).

I originally didn’t give them the chance, because I thought only difference was that the sole was designed for the road. Instead they are a different design, that share a 4MM drop and are in the minimalist shoe category – big difference. I made a mistake and I am owning up to it now. Lesson learned try on and look at the shoes, don’t go by what other people have written.

3. However, if I hadn’t gone through all of this searching, trying and buying, I wouldn’t have had the experience with a more minimalist shoe or how it would feel to run in a “regular” running shoe after running in the Peregrines since November. It was a good learning experience, that I will put to good use when I am buying my next pair of running shoes in 6-8 months (hopefully).

4. I won’t go back to running in high-heeled running shoes.

5. I found out that I am not ready for the more minimalist shoes at this time.

I have heard many on the Internet say that the zero to 4MM drop shoes do not make a lot of difference in how you run. That might be – but all I know is that it is easier for me to keep good form in minimalist shoes, than others I have run in.

I like something in the zero to 4MM drop running shoe with a stack height under 25MM, with some cushioning to help me when my new form deteriorates, when I get tired.  This is probably where I will be on the minimalist ladder for a while and you know it is isn’t such a bad place to be.

Let’s see how my new Saucony Kinvara running shoes do – I just have a feeling that they will do just fine 🙂

Here is my first run report about the Saucony Kinvara’s

First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12

I went out and did it, I bought yet another pair of running shoes and here is the story behind why I got the Asics Gel Blur 33 today.  Let’s just say it was necessary. To be honest they were not what I was expecting to be buying today and I cannot say that I absolutely love them and have always wanted to run in them.  However, of all the choices and shoes available to me that I have been able to actually try on lately, they seemed to be the right one for now.

I have run in Asics before and while they were not what I was originally looking for, I think that they will be what I need as a nice compliment to the MT20s when I get done with that transition. A blend of the old style running shoe and the new minimal running shoes.

First Impressions

They are comfortable shoes, that look like they will take a pretty good beating and still keep on going, with me that is part of the deal and one of the reasons why I chose them – I am fairly tough on shoes. They fit well and are a bit more cushioned than I would have expected and are a nice looking running shoe. They are not a minimalist or in my mind a transitional shoe, they are more of a regular lightweight trainer, that would have been better received a couple of years ago. I did have to chuckle though, the size 8 Blurs are longer than the 8.5 MT20s – definitely a different style.

First Run

It really didn’t take very long to get used the shoes, trying to figure out the foot plant needed for these shoes and I felt very comfortable once I found the shoe’s sweet spot for running with more of a forefoot strike. However, in my opinion they are not designed to promote forefoot strike. They will let you find it easily, but also allow you to revert to a heel strike very easily. Which is something that on my longer runs, I already know that I do as I get tired.

The best part was that I didn’t feel any discomfort/pain in the left calf – just a little tightness, which is okay I expected that.

I found the Blurs are very comfortable to run in and while I don’t think that they were designed to promote forefoot strike, I was able to run with mostly a forefoot strike for most of miles 2 and 3 (at least I thought so). I really believe that they will be a better shoe to run in for my longer runs or for the gravel road down-back – they offer more protection than the MT20s will.

My Splits for this run

Overall

My first impression the Asics Blur 33 was very positive. They were light, responsive and let me run as fast as I wanted to. It will be interesting to see how they do on my first longer run, when I start to get tired.

Still Disappointed

Yet I am still very disappointed that I didn’t get to at least try the other shoes in my top 5 list, besides the Kinvara – oh well next time. This is just something that I have to get over and maybe I am in the Asics Blur 33s for a reason.

I am hopefully going to grow to love these shoes, once I get running in them, because they are very nice lightweight trainers. I just need to get over my disappointment and get back to just running.

GPS

One thing I noticed today is that I ran the same course as yesterday and yet the 3.0 mile mark was about 100 yards before where I stopped yesterday. I know that Civilian GPS is purposely off by a certain amount, but it gets a little frustrating, when it is off by that much on the same run as the day before. Just something you gotta live with.

One thing is for sure – that it felt good to be running again!  Now to get my mileage back up to where it was and for now that mean that I will get to know the Asics Blur 33s very well :-).