Banish the Sole and open up the room

One step closer to the trash

Today’s workout (elliptical): 45 minutes

It occurred to me that I could temporarily recover some space in my guest room/office/workout room by folding the Sole and putting it into the corner. Once I did that, I changed the angle of the elliptical so that it faces the television (sort of) instead of sitting perpendicular to it. I never really cared about watching TV on the treadmill, especially in the last six months when the relatively quiet machine started sounding like an out of balance washing machine. But the elliptical is quiet because it’s self powered, but so boring that the TV is an essential distraction.

Instead of using my Karhu Fast2s (shoes I product tested a few years back but never liked for running) I put on the new Sauconys for my elliptical session. Prior to that, I tried on the ASIC Kayanos to compare the fit. There was a very different feel between the two pair and I preferred the Triumphs.

Until I actually run in the Sauconys, I’ll have to judge them on their indoor attributes. The Karhus have a fairly stiff mid-sole while the Triumphs are little more flexible and I liked them better. I would have preferred to run this morning but we have to use the tools we have. I really need to get another treadmill.

SIOR asked me why I’m not using the fitness center at my office and I was embarrassed to say that I’d forgotten it was there. I get into the office early but I usually start focusing on business right away. I need to remember to bring in running gear. I probably won’t do that next week because my schedule is crazy and I’ll be in the city on one of those days. I’ll plan to try it the week after that. I may get out and run at Old Westbury on Sunday because the running club posts are saying it’s clear. I’m curious to see how these Sauconys perform on pavement.

New shoes and nowhere to run

ISO excited!

It’s a little ironic that my new Saucony Triumph ISOs came today. They look cool and my first impression of them is that they feel great. Unfortunately, all the snow we’ve had during the past two weeks makes outside running seem too risky. The treadmill has always been my alternative to the road, but that’s no longer a viable option. Until we have a thaw or we get a new treadmill, the Sauconys will have to wait.

I’m excited about the Triumphs. They look to be the trainers I’ve been hoping for. My ASIC Kayanos, a similar type of running shoe, have been a disappointment. I can already tell that the Sauconys will provide a greater balance of energy and comfort than the ASICs and I expect that I will like them a lot.

With temperatures expected to stay around freezing this weekend, it looks like my only opportunity to try the Sauconys will be when I’m using the elliptical.

Shoe de Triomphe

Hopefully I won’t be saying “Whoa is me.”

Today’s run (treadmill): 40 minutes

I love a bargain, especially when it comes to running gear. Unfortunately, not all bargains pay off. Back in November, I was able to purchase a pair of ASICS Kayano 20s for $64. I’ve subsequently seen these shoes selling for $109 (discounted from $160 MSRP) because the 21s have since replaced them. So saving $45 on these highly rated “top of the market, super cushioned” shoes should have been a win-win. At best it’s a win-tie.

I’ve done my best to appreciate the Kayanos, but they don’t provide the fit or the comfort that I’d expected. If I’d paid full price, or even current market price, I’d be upset. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to put the Kayanos aside with no penalty. Saucony has asked me to test a pair of their new Triumph ISOs. This is Saucony’s top neutral shoe, with some very promising attributes.

Like the Kayanos, the Triumphs are designed for bigger runners who do a lot of mileage. That describes me not at all. According to CDC.gov, I weigh 13% less than the average adult male in the US (although I’m sure the gap would be smaller compared to the average male runner). In terms of volume, I run 50% of the weekly mileage of the average competitive runner. So this shoe may not be a match made in heaven. My plan at the moment is to love the Triumphs and relegate the ASICS to weekend casual shoe status. We’ll see. I should be taking delivery next week,

This week has been awful in terms of running. I worked from home on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and all three days should have provided opportunities for running. Between the big snowstorm on Monday and workdays that tied me up from 7:00 AM to early evening, I could not fit in a workout. I was scrambling to get some documents together before a video conference call yesterday and cracked my toe on one of the slate steps that lead down to the den. My hopes for a lunch hour treadmill run were dashed by what I thought was a broken toe.

This morning my toe was a little better. Still swollen, but the pain wasn’t as sharp. I put a little foam padding under the toe joint and wore my Kinvara 3’s on the treadmill with decent results. I kept it to 40 minutes just in case. I’m probably going to do the same tomorrow. With more snow coming on Sunday and Monday, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot more time running inside.