Base-building for my winter marathons (and fall random race events) has been going pretty well! This morning, I knocked out 10-miles at Riverside Park with the Charlottesville Track Club Marathon Training Program group at a 8:35-ish pace. Though it was freaky humid, the temperature was actually pleasantly low (mid-70’s).
Today’s run energized me and made me feel excited about marathon training again – it certainly wasn’t “super easy” – but the combination of a flat course and mid-run “pushed” miles (sub 8’s) reminded me that building speed and mileage is a current “work in progress.”
Also, I realized that my poor shoes were probably on their last legs.
The shoes today? My Mizuno Wave Rider 15’s – which have now reached about 340 miles. This seemed a bit lower than what I could get out of the Ride 3’s, but definitely not bad, considering all the road running these shoes have seen (these shoes also pushed me through the Blue Ridge Half and the Utah Valley full).
My next pair, are, as pictured above – another pair of WR 15’s. They’ve been good to me, and it doesn’t hurt that I won these a few months back in a twitter chat 🙂
Yup, WR 15’s and I are not exclusive.
I picked up these pair back in June at Sports Authority when I was in Hawaii – I had a $10 coupon (from the UVM goodie bag) and brought it along since we don’t have SA’s here in VA. I had been curious about the Pure Project series and so after some research and a quick try-on – I was sold. I’ve been doing shorter runs in these and am in LOVE with them! You feel closer to the ground…but still have cushiness (is that a word?!?!)
In fact, I could see myself moving to these exclusively after a while, but I want to see how they do on higher mileage first.
Also had to mention – while I never recommend to choose a pair of shoes based on appearance (favorite colors, etc) it certainly doesn’t hurt that these are pretty. Also…check out the kids version that Becka pointed out – I might just have to order these myself!
In addition to these above shoes…there will be yet ANOTHER pair entering my running party…thanks to this:
Thanks to YOU (seriously, thank you – friends, family, fellow runners) I won a pair of New Balance running shoes after receiving 123 “likes” on Facebook in the Reach the Beach Relay shoe sweepstakes. It took me quite a while to pick out my free pair of shoes, but after tons of review-reading, I went with these:
These, of course, are another minimal sort of shoe. At 4.4 oz, they are EXTREMELY lightweight (for a comparison, Brooks Pure Flow are 7.5 oz and Mizuno Wave Rider’s are 9 oz) and meant to be worn interchangeably with or without socks.
I plan to write a full review of these shoes so stay tuned for my thoughts on these 🙂
What shoes do you run in?