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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hills, heat, humidity and a failure to Triumph


The route
Today's run (Bethpage trail): 5 miles

Yesterday's track workout inspired me to get out for another "destination" run this morning. By that I mean a run outside the confines of my general neighborhood. Since I pushed my efforts on Saturday, I figured today would be best spent running easy on the Bethpage trail.

ISOs: pretty, but not this editor's choice
I decided to try the Saucony Triumph ISOs again to see how they perform now that my stride has begun to normalize. While I was recovering from the disc issue, my left foot would mash up toward the front of my running shoes and the ISOs seemed to do it the most of any of my running shoes. These highly cushioned trainers won the Runner's World Editor's Award and I had high hopes that they would become my primary shoes. I'm concluding that, for my arch type, lower is better. That's why I've reverted back to using my Vitarras even though they have a sizable amount of wear on the out-soles.

The cyclists were out in force this morning with less runners than I usually see on the bike trail. My hope was that I'd feel energized from yesterday's intervals. That wasn't the case, but I said, "What the heck" since I planned for this to be a recovery effort. I cruised along the sparsely populated path and at one point I was passed by a fast moving runner with whom I tried to match strides. No such luck. She quickly disappeared into the distance.

There's usually a lot of fauna on the trail, mostly birds and bunnies. Today I saw an actual jack rabbit crossing the path about 20 feet ahead of me. In silhouette it looked a lot like the eponymous character in the Jackrabbit Sports logo. Although the humidity was supposedly low, it didn't feel that way to me. The temperature was 81° and the sun was baking down. The combination of weather and hills on the north end of the trail did me in and I was ready to throw in the towel once I reached 5 miles.

A towel would have been great to have when I finished. When I looked at the Garmin's stats and saw it report 51% humidity I shook my head. The work week starts again tomorrow, and I hope to get in some type workout before next Friday. I was glad to get away for a couple of non-neighborhood runs this weekend and pleased that I finally worked in a speed workout. As for the Triumphs, I don't think I'll ever be happy with them. That's unfortunate. I could always wear them as weekend casual shoes, but they are a bit too vivid to wear in public unless I'm running.

12 comments:

  1. You probably should replace your Triumphs with a pair of Brooks Adrenalines, since you have a low arch and all.

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    1. In this crazy, topsy turvy world, where high arched runners wear Brooks stability shoes and low arched runners wear Saucony super cushioned trainers, I just don't know what to think.

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    2. I tried the Adrenalines on once, and they felt like something I could go out and shovel snow in. Really sucks being a 11 1/2 4E. Very few running shoes are made in 4E, and most are heavy duty stability shoes. Seems like an awful lot of shoe for SIOR.

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    3. Yes, she's very delicate. Just ask her.

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    4. Really? Maybe I've become used to my Hoka clown shoes. The Adrenalines felt just right. I'll take them out for another spin tomorrow. Speaking of clown shoes...4E? ;)

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    5. Not clown feet. More like duck feet. And really hard to get shoes, including running shoes. Most shoes that come in 4E are heavy duty stability shoes -- like the brooks beast or adrenaline. Its a real struggle to get running shoes that are suitable for me.

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    6. I once shoveled snow wearing my Adrenalins and didn't pronate at all.

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    7. Maybe that's how you hurt your back.

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    8. Actually my wife shovels and I pretend to shovel.

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    9. Pretend to shovel - v. (Origin, ER), the sedentary act of photographing one's spouse shoveling snow in a blizzard from the comfort of one's heated, toasty den while sipping hot cocoa and sporting bunny slippers on one's unpronated feet.

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    10. (Origin SIOR), act helpless and exasperated until a neighbor comes and shovels her driveway.

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