Thursday, June 19, 2014
Awesome Tempo Run In The Saucony Kinvara 5
7:27, 6:52, 6:13, 6:05, 6:16, 6:22, 6:11
(3mi cool down 8:05, 7:31, 8:00)
A couple of things about the run ... I've been making a conscious effort to run my first couple of miles faster, and get my heart rate elevated right out of the chute. I feel this is a better representation of race day conditions, and forces me into my average pace quicker. Also, I had to stop 3 times during the 6 mile "Tempo stretch". Twice to fetch water out of the bushes, and once to adjust and retie my new shoes. Over the course of the summer I hope to run these average paces without stopping, and also for a few more miles. A good peak would be a 6:15 pace for 10-11 miles for a Tempo Run. But at this point in my training, it was a really good run and something I can build on!
Now to the shoes ... I've always been a Brooks guy, but lately I've started messing around with Sauconys. And so far ... they're really great. I bought the Triumph 11 a few weeks ago at Scheel's during a shoe sale to use as a trainer. They're a little heavier than anything I would race in (my size 12's are almost 13oz), but they're great for days when I'm recovering. Nice and cushioned. Plus, even though they're not a flat shoe, I don't seem to have any trouble mid-foot striking in them.
Yesterday, I bought a pair of Kinvara 5's ... and I love them! I literally took them out of the box this morning and ran a full Tempo Run. They fit great and also have a ton of cushioning, especially in the mid-foot area, all while still being very very light. The men's size 9 is 7.6 oz, and my size 12's weigh in at only 8.5oz ... very light for a size 12! They are also relatively flat, with a 4mm drop from heel to toe, and seem to really comfortably fit my stride.
I won't go into a full review because shoes are so personal and unique to the individual. But so far I've been very pleased with the Sauconys. I'll still mix in my Brooks, of course, but it's good to have a few more shoes in the arsenal. However, if they continue to help me pump out Tempo Runs like this ... they might become my mainstay! Hope your training is going well!
... be great today!