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Sunday, October 21, 2012

New Shoe Trials

OK, I have been contemplating minimalist shoes for a long time now.  I just couldn't let go of what was working for me (my Brooks Trance 10's).  The downside to the Trances - they are heavy as bricks!  Well, I took the plunge today and bought a pair of Brooks Cadence lightweight running shoes.  I have to admit, I am not fond of the new colors but I can get over cosmetics...

Anyways, as for any pair of running shoes, be sure to get a foot analysis done prior to signing away your first-born (these newer shoes are expensive).  We shop at Dick's Sporting Goods (loyal customers, hint-hint: willingly open to sponsorship) and they offer a 90-day return on running shoes (just in case you develop running pains).  Plus, the wifey had some coupons and rewards points (which netted a savings of over $30).  Thanks babe!

I was giddy like a school boy on his first date, anxiously awaiting my return home to try them out!  I have to admit, I wish I would've tried these shoes out much sooner!  I am very impressed with the weight reduction and fit.  They felt weird at first, but they quickly adapted to my feet (and psyche) as I pushed off for a short 1.5 mile test trial.  I finished the run and glanced at my GPS; I was impressed!  It is still too soon to tell, but I think I am on to something bigger and better (like new PR's).  Well, my first run in the new shoes popped one of my quickest 1.5 mile run times since my 2nd knee surgery (10:50).  It would be nice to get back in the 9's again...  We'll see.

I'll provide a more detailed analysis of these shoes when I log more time and distance in them.  Also, I should receive my new GPS wristwatch (Garmin 610) tomorrow (thanks to advice from a new found friend)!  I can't wait to wrap her around my wrist (the GPS, "get your minds out of the gutter!").  Pics of the new shoes:

Take care and enjoy the Fall!

Happy running and God bless!
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, and always keep faith"
2 Timothy 4:7

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