Saturday, April 3, 2010

Resisting temptation at DSW

Friday's workout: 2.25 miles (XC/road run) plus hill workout

NB MT100
NB MR800
Yesterday was a very busy day so I didn't get a chance to post. We had an early start and I didn't get a chance to run until later in the day. While out, we stopped by DSW, one of my favorite shoe stores. I've been encouraging my wife to get a new pair of running shoes to replace her Nike Vomeros that have served her well over the last year. I was looking for a pair of casual loafers but I couldn't find any that felt right. I guess I'm spoiled by the fit of running shoes that feel so much better on my feet. Since I was there I tried a pair of New Balance MT100's that looked like a low heeled trail shoe. I'm still very curious about a shoe design that promotes front and mid-foot striking and I thought this shoe felt really good. I could tell by the way my legs felt when I tested them that the initial running experience with 100's would result in some calf soreness. I also tried a pair of the New Balance 800's. This is the "ChiRunning" shoe that promotes mid-foot running and competes against shoes like the Nike Free. I ultimately decided that I didn't need any more shoes, especially since the prices of these shoes weren't significantly lower than anywhere else.

Saucony Grid Fusion 2
My wife tried on a few pairs of Saucony's and found that the Grid Fusion 2 had the best fit and feel. I encouraged her to try some of the more high end models and she ultimately preferred the Fusion. Later in the day we all headed to the park. My daughter tried out her new Razor scooter and I did some hill runs and then did laps around one of the ball fields and also ran some other areas of the park with my wife. She liked her new running shoes and I was glad to get some running in after such a busy day. By evening we were all pretty exhausted. I plan to get out today for a longer run. I'm not sure whether I'll stay in the neighborhood or take advantage of the beautiful weather and hit the trails again.

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