Saucony Liberty ISO OG – 50 Mile Review

The Saucony Liberty ISO OG after 50 miles. Yeah, another shoe that version 2 has been released already. However, this is also a post that back in May I never thought that I would write, but here it is October and they finally made it to that magical 50 mile mark.

This review is too long for most readers, so if you don’t want to read a small book, here is the executive summary:

After about 25 miles of less than impressive runs in the Liberty ISO OGs back in May, I retired them to the closet and figured that I wouldn’t be running again in them anytime soon. After sitting in the closet for about 4 months, I decided that I would try the same operation on the inner bootie that I did on my Zealot 3s and it seemed to help a lot. I also changed the lacing pattern to get a more consistent fit each time I put them on and changed out the stock insole to an Ortholite one. These changes made a huge difference in how comfortable the Liberty ISOs were for me to run in and I have added them back into my regular running rotation.

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Rainy, Blustery Day and Saucony Liberty ISO Update

Some days you are the bug and some days the windshield, today well let me tell you a story about a man named Harold who runs way too much.

This morning was the perfect morning for a run, so of course I didn’t run then. There was just too much going on, so of course by the time I got to get out and get my run in, it was 52*F (not bad), a bit breezy and raining.

Now I won’t melt in the rain, it is more getting that gumption up to get out the door, then once you out there running…well it isn’t all that bad. Actually I have had some of my best runs in these conditions.

I wore the Saucony Liberty ISOs again today, after yesterday’s better run, I was interested in seeing how they felt two days in a row with those new insoles in. Also I wanted to really give them a good workout in nastier conditions and between the slime downback on the dirt road and the wet roads, it was a really great day to test them out.

This run was going to be purposely slower, I know that I can run well in the the Liberty ISOs and also wanted to know how they felt at slower paces.

It was raining so much that after a half mile I had to take my glasses off – this blind as a bat running that I love so much on the slime down back is always an adventure that I really don’t enjoy. It just means that I automatically slow down on the dirt road sections of the run, when the glasses get taken off. Also with the rain, I didn’t bother bringing my iPhone – no sense in creating a problem when there isn’t one.

I didn’t have any issues with the Liberty ISOs and while I really wasn’t into the run, I ran well for the conditions. Even though Garmin Connect claims it was 52*F, it was a damned raw 52* and the breeze picked up pretty good coming back against it. The first 4.0 miles were pretty good and I had to focus a little more on mile 5.0 to maintain the same pace.

That last 1.2 miles was just a slog. I was soaked through, even though I was sweating I was also starting to feel the cold more than I should have at that point in a run. I have a sneaking suspicion that the cold is going to bother me more this year, so that I might be doing more time on the treadmill during the winter than I usually do.

At least I will still be running.

Today’s run certainly was not in a warm rain, it turned into one of those cold miserable rains and I was pretty glad when I got done.

How did the Liberty ISOs do.

If this had been my first run in them, I would not have been searching all summer for a shoe to run in. My metatarsals did not bother me at all, there were no issues with grip on the pavement or slime down back, the shoes felt comfortable – not too firm or stiff. This is how the Liberty’s should have felt back in May.

Yes, I have made a few changes that have made them comfortable for me, but took a bit to get here and I really came close to never running in these shoes again, which would have been too bad. They are turning into a pretty good pair of running shoes for me.

Now to see how long they stay in my rotation. 🙂

Not a great run, but I learned a bit more about the Liberty ISOs and got some good miles in.

I might be doing something right, I got all three doggies on the coach with me, while I am writing this tonight.