Hitting the streets with my Road ID

Sample Road ID wristband

 Today’s run (street): 2.5 miles

Earlier this week I received my Road ID, a light wrist strap with a faceplate engraved with my name, address, contacts, blood type and other information. I had mentioned to my colleague, FS, that I run with an ID card tucked into my SPIbelt, but she strongly suggested that I wear something on my wrist or on my shoe. Her point was that EMT’s will look for ID in those places first in an emergency. I thought that made great sense and finally ordered the bracelet. It took a discount offered through Active.com to get the process started, but  I did it!

The Road ID works well because it doesn’t violate one of the the most important Emerging Runner commandments for gear, “Thou shalt not distract or irritate me on my run.” It’s an inexpensive item and should be standard gear for anyone who runs outside of their home.

Speaking of irritants and distractions, I gave the Kinvara 3’s another chance this morning and the feel underfoot was better, but not perfect. As I ran along, it felt better, and this makes me think it’s my foot, not the shoe. I’m still dealing with soreness from the long runs that I’ve been doing on weekends.

 I didn’t have a lot of energy today and so I wasn’t surprised to see that the Gamin had clocked me at 25 minutes for my 2.53 mile loop. I tried to move along but I just couldn’t generate much speed. I did finish with an overall pace in the high 9:00’s, so it wasn’t all that bad. Tomorrow I’ll go out again in the Spiras as a point of comparison with the Kinvaras for both speed and comfort.

Kinvara 3 discomfort – is it me or the shoe?

Today’s run (street): 2.5 miles

Quit pokin’ my plantar!

Winter returned to the New York area overnight and I stepped outside this morning into 30° temperatures. I wore the new Kinvara 3’s to see how they’d feel after my feet had an opportunity to recover from a weekend of long running. I expected the new shoes to perform in a similar way to my original Kinvaras, and they did, but I also experienced some discomfort underfoot. Much to my chagrin, the mid-sole was poking noticeably against the sock liner on the lateral plantar fascia (top left side) of my foot.

I’ve had a similar issue with my second pair of Hattori’s that cut in on the medial side, prompting me to retire them after only 70 miles. My other pair of Hattori’s fits me perfectly after 300 miles of running. The problem with the Kinvaras could be more related to me than the shoes, and I’m hoping it isn’t a design or fit problem. I went up 1/2 size on the Kinvaras because the Mirages feel slightly too snug in the toe-box, and I expected the same from the K3’s.

Perhaps that sizing up created a vertical alignment issue that resulted in this issue. I’ll run with the Kinvara 3’s again tomorrow and, if the problem continues, I’ll switch back to the Spiras for a few days. I really do like the Kinvara’s design and by the end they did feel more comfortable. I just know that if the issue continues I’ll probably end up passing them over for other, more comfortable, options.

First run: Saucony Kinvara 3’s – a great update to a favorite shoe

Today’s run (street): 4.5 miles

After yesterday’s long run, I was prepared for an easy workout this morning. I’d wanted to try the new Kinvara 3’s for the first time on the treadmill, but the machine is currently down, waiting for parts. Plan B was to run outside, but the weather report wasn’t encouraging. I determined that an early run would allow me to dodge the rain that was predicted to fall by mid-morning.

The temperature was 49 degrees when I hit the road in the new Sauconys  at 7:30 AM. The fit was superb and these shoes reminded me of the feel of the original Kinvaras. I’ve been having trouble with soreness at the bottom of my feet as a result of stepping up my long runs in recent weeks. This is not plantar fasciitis, just old fashioned pavement-pounding swelling.

Compared to the Spiras, the Kinvara 3’s feel more agile. I suppose this has to do with the lower platform and flatter (4mm) drop. Like the Kinvara 1’s, the 3’s move well with the foot, and they do help facilitate a mid-foot landing. The Kinvaras felt so good that I changed my run plan from slow and easy, to comfortably peppy.

I fully enjoyed the run, following a different route than usual, and appreciating the cool, cloudy conditions. At one point I crossed paths with another runner and ran behind him for a few minutes. I was concerned that I would overtake him at his current pace. I didn’t want him to feel uncomfortable, so I ducked into a side road that looped back around and opened up more room behind him. 

I finished the run feeling pretty good considering the distance I’d covered on Saturday. The Kinvaras performed well and it’s going to be interesting to compare them to the Spiras in the coming weeks. Still, my feet were feeling mighty sore, so I indulged in a foot soak using my wife’s foot spa unit. This device provides inferred heat, water jets and vibration. I added Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile Peppermint soap to the water, and it has kept my feet feeling great, long after my soak was over.

I’m pleased to have covered over 13 miles this weekend. I’m hoping that the weather will clear by Tuesday morning when I go out once again. I’m expecting the treadmill to be operational by the end of the week. Fingers crossed for good conditions until then.

My mystery running shoes have arrived

Fresh out of the box

A long day and late night on Thursday translated into another ad hoc rest day this morning. I had the best of intentions but, after getting less than 4 hours sleep, I felt I needed more rest. I intended to elliptical but the advantages of skipping that workout outweighed the disadvantages. It’s been a pretty poor week for running, but with this week’s schedule, I knew I’d miss a few days.

On the plus side, my mystery shoes arrived last night. I was too tired to even try them on when I got home but I will tonight. They’re the new Kinvara 3’s that I’ve been anticipating for a very long time. I loved the original Kinvaras but didn’t really like the 2’s. I’m hoping the third time’s the charm. My one minute assessment is that the K3 seems to be built more like the Mirage than the original Kinvara model. That may be okay. I went up 1/2 size and hopefully that will provide enough room in the toe-box to make for a perfect fit.

Saucony’s secret news is leaking out!

Today’s run (treadmill): 25 minutes

The cat seems to be out of the bag in terms of the “top secret” news that Saucony plans to share. Via re-tweets on Saucony’s Twitter feed and through blogs I follow, it seems like the running shoe stork is dropping off boxes of the pre-market Kinvara 3 to bloggers and reviewers like me. This is a shoe I’ve been anxiously anticipating.

After reading people’s first impressions, I’m even more excited to receive my pair. I’m also worried that something got botched up and my shoes won’t ever reach me. In the meantime, I continue to appreciate the feel and responsiveness of my new Spira Stinger XLT’s that I wore on today’s run. It was my third workout with the XLT’s and the second on the treadmill (raining this morning). I hope to take them out on a long base run tomorrow.

So as I wait for the Kinvaras to arrive, I’ll be happy to run with the XLT’s. I’m really curious to see if the Wavespring technology delivers any extra support when I face that last big hill at the end of mile 8.