Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'm cheating on my Kinvara's with the A5's

After my long frustrating day yesterday, I needed something good- 
I needed to run and sweat....and break in my new shoes.

I have a confession. I'm cheating on my true love.
I bought a pair of shoes OTHER than another pair of +Saucony Kinvara's.
I know, I know...I'm just as shocked.

I'd like to introduce you to my lover: 

I've said it a million times, I am addicted to my Saucony Kinvara's and always will be
but it was time to give myself something lighter for races. 
My Kinvara 4's are 6.7 oz where as my A5's weigh in at just 5.2 oz.
I'm really excited to get used to these neutral racing shoes.
I have been running in Kinvara's for a few years now so I am used to lightweight shoes, I had flats too for short races (Nike) but didn't love them. The A5's are just what I was looking for, lightweight and versatile being rated for short races all the way through to marathons.
- I have a feeling these are going to be a crucial part of my Sub-3:20 marathon plan at Wineglass this fall!

My Kinvara's are not going away, in fact pair 8 will be required within a few weeks I assume. When I got my 7th pair of Kinvara's I did a "Lucky 7's workout" 
[7 miles, in my 7th pair of Kinvaras at 7:07 pace].

Last night I wanted to break in my new shoes, but wasn't sure what to do for a workout. So I did 8 miles at 8 PM.  Took it nice and easy for the first 6, just getting a feel for the flats. It was different running in these than my normal shoes; not bad, just different. Slowly I could feel my feet adjusting to the support, and to lighter weight and my last 2 miles I decided to crank it up a little. 
Last 2 miles were below 7 minute pace. It felt good to have a little speed in me, 
I hadn't done speed since Airport 5k (19:17) a few weeks ago.

Definitely came home from my run MUCH happier than when I left, I love that running does that!

Originally my plan was to have these broken in and ready to wear for the half-marathon portion of this weekends half-ironman distance triathlon. They took a little longer than planned to come in, and I don't think I will feel ready for them Sunday. The thing is though, Sunday is not going to be my fastest half-marathon: after all I AM swimming 1.2 miles and biking 56 miles before it. So I would rather go with a shoe I am 100% comfortable with and know is broken in enough. So my Kinvara 4's will be making the trip with me :)  [Don't worry I will make sure they are properly secured just like that time Saucony shared my photo....] Next time around my A5's will be in tow though, a few more runs to get them ready and I'll be golden!

 There was that time I did a Gear Inventory and showed you my obsession with Kinvara's, I'll have to take a new "family photo" with my current shoe rotation (right now, a pair of Kinvara 3, Kinvara 4, and now my new A5 Flats). 

What are you addicted to?

When was your last therapeutic run?

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  1. My last run was way way to long ago... So ready to get back to it and know it will help my moods greatly!

    1. You'll get there! You'll feel like a new woman! Although I think wearing a hula skirt and a coconut bra this weekend will also make you feel like a new woman this weekend LOL!

  2. Love the blue and yellow!! Super cute! Glad you are liking them! I'm addicted to running skirts, headbands, and my iPhone lol!

    1. Thanks Mindy, I love the colors too! I'm not on the running skirt bandwagon yet, I have one but don't use it much...maybe one day! I do love headbands though!

  3. Those shoes look pretty cool- I'm thinking of looking into Saucony for my next running shoes because Mizuno is discontinuing my shoes which are neutral performance (just like the Kinvara's), and of course I have read good things about them from you. Hopefully I can try some on and try them out soon, I'll let you know when I do!

    1. I highly recommend Saucony, if I were you I'd look into the Mirages as well as Kinvaras... The Mirages are light but have a little more support to them.

      Go to one of your local running stores and ask when a Saucony rep will be in town, hopefully you can go in and try some shoes out!

  4. I would definitely go with a shoe you're comfortable with since it's a short time since your race on Sunday! You definitely don't want to be at the last leg of the Tri and have problems with your shoes!

  5. I am the same way with Mizuno. Their Wave Creation is my marathon training bread & butter. However, I just got their new Wave Sayonara and it is my speed work lover! I think it is fun to have 2 types. I won't tell on your cheating:)

  6. I'm trying out a new pair of goggles on Sunday, took them to the pool yesterday and am totally nervous. I like my old crappy scratched up ones, but they recc'd tinted for this OWS 5k. That's the only thing I can relate to your running shoes, as I don't put nearly as much mileage on mine, and tend to only buy one pair every other year ;), and need about two inches of support for my once-athena-self.
    I'm so curious to see how you feel/time in your half on Sunday! I totally let it go and think "if I'm dying I'll just walk the run." But I'm sure you'll be anxious to rock the finish. Speedy girl.

  7. Personally I don't think making the jump from 8 miles to the half would be the biggest deal but you def need to do what is best for you. I'm glad you really like these shoes and they def look pretty cute! You make me almost want to try Saucanys...though that is pushing it LOL.

  8. Love the shoes!! You are so speedy! I haven't had a good or great run in a while. I know it's the heat and humidity. I am currently addicted to running shorts, Lululemon's speed shorts to be exact.

    Good luck this weekend!!


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