Saturday, May 7, 2016

New Kicks ... And Back At It

Doug checking the tread on my new Kinvara 7's to make sure he approves
Besides the fact that I'm still eating fairly poorly ... I've began putting together solid runs lately, mixing in some core work, and slowly turning myself back into somewhat of an athlete.  After the race last Sunday, I ran a couple of light recovery runs during the week, followed by a fairly good 15 miler on Saturday.  Of course the long run nearly killed me, but at least I got it in.  I averaged about 7:45/pace while actually running, but stopped for extended periods for water. I totaled about an 8:10/pace overall, which is acceptable since I'm carrying about 15 extra pounds with this food baby.

I also ran in new shoes on Saturday.  My new Saucony Kinvara 7's.  And frankly ... I LOVE THEM!!!  Like I've done with every pair of shoes over the past several years, the litmus test is can I take them right out of the box and run in them without "breaking them in".  And these passed with flying colors.  They literally still had factory paper around them at 7:00 a.m.  and at 7:05 a.m. they were in the middle of mile 1 of 15.

The fit was a little different than the Kinvara 5's or 6's ... but it seemed to be better for my foot.  More than anything there seemed to be more room in the toe box.  The extra width really seemed to help with keeping my toes from bunching too much.  There is also a 6.7 mm drop from heel to forefoot, so not completely flat, but not a big bulky heal.  The men's size 9's are 7.7 ounces.  I wear a size 12, so mine are probably a little over 8 ounces, but they still feel really light.  Overall, the Kinvara is just a great shoe that I've enjoyed wearing for a couple of years now.

So hopefully now that I'm back in a bit of a groove, I'll start logging some miles in these new kicks.  It's gonna take most of the summer to get back to where I want to be, but maybe if I stay at it, I'll be ready for some speedy fall races.  Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm really glad to hear that the toe box is improved for the 7's. I didn't really like the 6: it was too snug. In fact, once I tried the 5's (I went from the 6's, an emergency purchase, to the 5's, which I already had in my shoe stockpile), I bought up three more pairs - they fit a lot better than the 6's. Hopefully the roomier toe box sticks around for future models.

    1. Yeah, you're one of the folks that turned me onto Kinvaras, Grace. Try the 7's ... to me, they're the best one I've tried yet.

  2. Glad your shoes are pup approved! Great job at getting back out there. You got this!!!

  3. This food baby you talk of - will it look more like a burger or a hotdog when it's born? Just curious who you've been getting your bit on the side with.


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