Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road – 50 Mile Review

I have over 50 miles (actually over 70) on my new Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road running shoes, which means – I get to write about them again.

N1 Road Mileage 8-29-14
N1 Road Mileage 8-29-14

Here were my initial impressions from my first run and why I chose to buy the N1 Roads.

While the N1 Roads are still one of Pearl Izumi’s flagship running shoes, they are getting long in the tooth, when it comes to the typical life cycle of running shoes.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads

In other words they are no longer the newest/greatest thing on the roads anymore. All the marketing hype/multiple blog reviews around them and their “new when first released” Dynamic Offset design has pretty much died away and like most of last year’s models are beginning to fade away or overlooked in the anticipation the newest and greatest versions from all the brands that will be coming out over the next 6 months.

What do I think of the Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads after 50 plus miles, without all the hype? Continue reading “Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road – 50 Mile Review”

Skechers GoBionic Trails – Didn’t Work For Me Review

Over the next few weeks I am going to go through all of the running shoes left in the house, to figure out whether to keep them or get rid of them.

First up are the Skechers GoBionic Trails, a pair of trail running shoes that I had been looking at for more than a year, but never got until this June. 

I stopped running in them back on July 6th, quite simply because they did not feel comfortable.

Skechers GoBionic Trails
Skechers GoBionic Trails

This morning’s run definitely showed me why I stopped running in them, back then.

Okay, based on that sentence, you can probably guess that this review is not going to be one of those ones that anoints a pair of running shoes as the greatest ever or even bemoans the fact that Skechers decided to not continue to update this model… Continue reading “Skechers GoBionic Trails – Didn’t Work For Me Review”

Why Review Old Running Shoe Models

Why in the hell are you still doing reviews on older than dirt running shoes?

You know what I am talking about those running shoes that I write about, which are last year’s or older models.

Pearl Izumi Peak II
Pearl Izumi Peak II

Although I love the newest and greatest running shoes as much or more than most runners, they are not the shoes that I actually usually get to run in.

Whaddayamean?

You see, I don’t work for any running shoe brand (though I do have my favorites), a sporting goods chains, local running store or even have a popular blog where I get a variety of free promotional shoes to review (although I did get free pair of shoes for working a display booth for a brand I like, back in June).

Oh, I have had my chances to do some of this stuff and last year, when I retired, those kind of opportunities disappeared.

Like the majority of runners, I pay for most of my running shoes or get them as gifts for my birthday/Christmas.

Which means many of those newest and greatest running shoes are also budget breakers.

Being retired and on a fixed budget, means that those new shoes costing $160, hell $100 or more for a pair of running shoes is simply more than I am usually willing to spend on new shoes and more than most people want to shell out for a present. Continue reading “Why Review Old Running Shoe Models”

Skechers GoMeb 2 after 50 miles

Skechers GoMeb2
Skechers GoMeb2

Okay, so I have a few more than 50 miles on my Skechers GoMeb 2 racing shoes, yeah that’s right racing shoes. You know me – that guy who said back in February that I didn’t need racing flats and now have 2 pairs.

However, it took a while to get to 50 miles, due to all of my wonderful injuries this summer. Then once my legs got feeling better and I started training little more seriously for some 5k’s, the mileage piled up on my Meb 2’s a lot quicker than I expected.

Yeah, this is another one of those reviews of an older running shoe that is nearing the end of its cycle, (so it is not the hottest new running shoe out there, but there are enough of people who are still interested in this racing shoe that the post is still pertinent. I plan to do a post next week on why I think doing reviews of these older shoes is still relevant – at least in my mind  😉 .

No I am not going to bore you with all the stats that the manufacturer or other sites that sell running shoes can give you.

I am going to focus on how the GoMeb 2’s worked for me as an older, recreational runner, who wants to run faster, but ain’t no Meb or even really all that good 😉 . Continue reading “Skechers GoMeb 2 after 50 miles”

First Run Pearl Izumi N1 Roads – RunLog 8-16-14

Pearl Izumi N1 Roads
Pearl Izumi N1 Roads

Okay – Dokay, another first run in a pair of shoes, I think this is about the 12th or 13th time this year that this has happened, so it is not anything, new, strange or overly exciting – or is it?

Nope – just another first run in a new pair of running shoes ;-).

For the 4th time this year it has been a new pair of Pearl Izumi’s, only this time it was the:

  • EM/N1 Roads

Yeah I know these are “old” news running shoes. They were great last year, but now that the brands have all released new models this year – who cares. 

Supposedly with all the new releases by all the other brands so far this year, they have left Pearl Izumi way behind, because PI has chosen to have a 2 year release cycle.

Which made it seem as though one of their flagship shoes, the N1 Roads are no longer relevant.

Which is wrong.

Personally, I am in favor of a longer release cycle. It gives runners who might be completely happy with a style/model of running shoes an extra year in that shoe, instead of worrying if the “update” will screw-up their favorite shoes that they have searched so long for.

Which has happened all too often to me in the past.

Stop

Stop frigging around Harold, you are going way off on a tangent, just get to the point where you actually say how they did instead of all this fluff shit to start the blog post. Continue reading “First Run Pearl Izumi N1 Roads – RunLog 8-16-14”

Meb – Skechers and Fleet Feet Sports Maine Equals GREAT DAY

I drove down to Portland (yeah Maine) this morning and spent a relaxing morning around other runners.

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Nope, I didn’t run in a race, actually I did this instead of a race that I had planned to do up in Skowhegan. I had thought about doing both right up until last and probably could have since the race started at 7:30 and I could have gotten on the road to Portland at 8:00 or so, but I am getting soft and didn’t want to leave the house at 6:30 this morning — yeah getting soft.

I got a chance to see people who I haven’t seen in a while or get to meet someone I have wanted to for a while.

Jen, Barb, and Weez
Jen, Barb, and Weez
Scott
Scott

Got a chance to look at the what the new Skechers Performance line will look like this fall. Continue reading “Meb – Skechers and Fleet Feet Sports Maine Equals GREAT DAY”

Racing Flats – Do Make a Difference

Brooks Green Silence
Brooks Green Silence

Back in February, I wrote the post Racing Flats Who Needs Them.

I was wrong!

Yeah I am admitting that I was completely wrong.

Racing flats do make a difference for me when I use them.

However, I now believe the benefit is much more than just the physical part of how a racing flat is made or how light-weight it is.

Racing Flats

In that post I did say. Continue reading “Racing Flats – Do Make a Difference”

No Race Just a Bit of Rain – Run 7-4-14

Happy Independence Day for those of us in the U.S.

Wet t-shirt contest anyone?   :-)
Wet t-shirt contest anyone? 🙂

No, I didn’t race any of the local races in Winthrop, Freeport or up in Bangor areas. I wasn’t sure of how the leg would respond and decided to skip them, which was too bad, because I think I would have done just fine, but better safe than sorry.

Still when I read the tweets and facebook posts by people who raced today, I feel as though I should have – oh well it is what it is.

The weather coming in was a bit of a factor, not the rain and humidity those things didn’t bother, but with the low pressure coming in, I got my usual headache, verging on a migraine. It is something I have to contend with when a bad storm is coming in and it seems to be coming around a little more often this summer than it has for a while.

Oh well, running does help.

Continue reading “No Race Just a Bit of Rain – Run 7-4-14”

Hat was a Leaky Faucet – RunLog 7-3-14

Running errr swimming today was pretty good and with the number of horseflies, mosquitoes and black flies down-back made it so that you didn’t linger too long in one place.

Yeah it was hot
Yeah it was hot

First Run

Was with Bennie and he wanted to fly! My legs were feeling reasonable so I was willing to push a little faster with him than I have been.

  • Course: Bennie Run Down-back
  • 2.3 — Distance
  • 18:25 — Time
  • 8:02/mi — Pace
  • Shoes: Skechers GoBionic Trail 6-18-14 (20.8 mi)

Continue reading “Hat was a Leaky Faucet – RunLog 7-3-14”

Mid-Year Look Back 2014

Gratuitous photo of me, after picking up my 2nd place age group award. Thanks Brian for taking the photo
Thanks Brian for taking the photo

Yes, yet another runnah looking back at what happened since January 1st.

I didn’t win the lottery, land the job of my dreams (I already have that), win the Boston Marathon (but Meb did) or accomplish anything that set off the seismograph.

Nope, I basically had a pretty hum-drum first part of the year, even though I am sure that I will find plenty to write about.

So what has happened? Continue reading “Mid-Year Look Back 2014”