Happy Tuesday! Here’s how last week finished out:
I failed on my 18-miler Saturday. I procrastinated too long and didn’t get out the door until after 10am. It was already 90 degrees! I made it about 5 miles before my head started pounding and my stomach began cramping up (and not my usual tummy issues), so I figured it best if I head back home. Then, instead of finishing up on the treadmill, I opted for some retail therapy at Road Runner Sports ;)
They didn’t have 2 of the shoes I wanted to try on (PureConnect and PureGrit), but they did have the PureFlow 4 which I’m happy to report are WAY better than the 3s and about as close to the 2s as I’ll probably ever get! However, I didn’t get them (yet). This will probably sound stupid but I didn’t care for the color choice they had there! And actually, after checking online I don’t really care for ANY of the color choices :(
After trying on about 5 or 6 different shoes, this is what I had it narrowed down to:
I sigh every time I look at those PF 4s! If only they were black, instead of blue…
And so I ended up with another pair of Newtons instead. Those are the Distance IV and they are really light and comfortable. And bright yellow!! Yay!
I didn’t end up buying them from the store though. They had a problem with my VIP status and while the manager was on the phone with headquarters I looked up the shoes on Running Warehouse. They were over $30 cheaper! So what could have been close to $200 (I also had some socks picked out) only cost me $130. That means I still have a little extra money, and Hmmm, tomorrow is Prime Day on Amazon. I wonder if those PF 4s will be on any kind of special? ;)
12 thoughts on “Last Week’s Training and (more) New Shoes”
The first generation of Brooks Pure Connect were like — pure foot bliss — AMAZING shoes! I loved them so much that they pretty much fell off my feet eventually from over wear. Then I happened upon a used pair and I wore them completely out too. So finally I ordered the latest generation of Pure Connect from Amazon. :( **super sad face** They hurt my feet so bad that after the first mile I had an injury and limped for days. I also had Pure Flow & Pure Cadence – but the old models – pretty mediocre. This weekend picked up Brooks Adrenaline which is the bulkiest shoe I’ve run in. I’m going to try them out this morning :D
Sorry to hear about Saturday! Whew – 90 degrees would kill me. It never gets that hot in Oregon. –Cheers – FB Stalker Paula
Oh no! Don’t you hate when the “upgrades” completely suck?! I have the 2nd generation of PureConnect and I like them but they are SO narrow! The PureFlow 2 is the pure foot bliss shoe for me. The 4s felt pretty similar in the store, but the true test will be after a run in them. Of course, I still have to buy them first LOL!
I don’t blame you for cutting your run short. Yay for new shoes!! Fingers crossed Amazon has a deal on the PF4’s. I thought you might like them, since I don’t.
Really you don’t like the 4s? I was so happy they didn’t have that same issue as I had with the 3s (left pinky toe). I’d send you my 3s but I know your feet are much smaller than mine. They are 7.5
No, the 4s didn’t feel right at all. In retrospect, I think the 3s have too much arch support for me. When I looked at the bottom of the pair that I trained for and ran the Zion HM in, I noticed that I had absolutely no wear at the big toe….like I never pushed off there….only from the outer toes.
Oh wow, that’s weird. What are you running in nowadays? The Hokas?
Hoka Clifton, Saucony Ride 7, Saucony Triumph ISO and every once in a while, Saucony Kinvara 4. The Sauconys definitely have a lower arch.
I couldn’t run in the Kinvara 4s (they made my right foot go numb) but I do like the 5s. And you’re right – definitely a lower arch. That’s why I don’t wear them for really long runs.
I got the Newton Aha & so far it’s total love. I also tried on the Gravity & I’m still thinking of looking online for that too. I’m hoping Prime day tomorrow is actually worthwhile & not just hype!
Always be sure to check Running Warehouse as well. I have a 15% off code that works on anything besides Brooks :)
I have to laugh about the color choice issue. I’ve passed on some great shoes because of lousy colors too. I wonder if fabric paint would work? You could try it on some of your old sort out shoes!
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Ooooh! Fabric paint – I’ll have to give that a try!! Thanks :)