Friday, September 4, 2009

Racing Shoes

Well, I completely forgot to thank everyone for their feedback on whether to get a pair of racing shoes or not. I agree that getting a pair of shoes specifically for racing seems a little frivolous. “Look at me!! I’m important enough to spend $100 on shoes that I wear 6 times a year!” (Of course, said while bouncing around like an attention deficit kid after a triple espresso.)

So, what did I do this past weekend? Spent $100 on a pair of racing shoes. So, maybe I actually listened to most of the people who loves them some new shoes too.


As you can see in this victory lap after my run (and shower) this morning, they obviously make me fast.


Well, not really racing shoes, I bought a pair of Saucony Tangent 3 light weight trainers. These babies are ~3oz less than my normal cement bricks!!! I anticipate that I’ll use them for speedwork, some shorter MP runs, and most importantly 5K and 10K races. Of course, you could have just as easily asked my wife what I would wear them for. Why you ask? Because I answered the question “Why do you need more than one pair of shoes again?” about 4 times. Never mind the fact she has 2 dresser drawers full of purses….but I digress.

Buying them was actually pretty funny. The Sole Sports shoe guy who was helping me was a local High School Cross Country runner. When I was going back and forth between racing flats and the shoes that I got, here is the conversation that we had:

Adam: What do you think about these super flat super non supported racing flats. Since I have some moderate pronation, will they still be okay for 5Ks and stuff or will I totally trash my shins?
High School Guy: Oh, they'll be fine for 5Ks.... I mean, you're only going to be on your feet for like 18 minutes or whatever anyway, right?
Adam: Riiiiighhhhht. Good point…. 18 minutes, you know, give or take. (In my mind thinking… “Yeah, give or take two or three minutes”)

Maybe my wife is right and I did waste the money..... Crap, I hate it when she is right.

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I totally killed my tempo run on Wednesday. Overall, 8 miles at 7:26 average pace with 6 tempo miles at 7:17 average pace. I took The Sean’s advice and ran mostly by feel. Love it…Celebrated with a 40 of Bud…in the hotel….by myself…organizing my auto-draft for the fantasy football league I am in.

16 comments:

RazZDoodle said...

the Bud 40 explains some of your picks.

The Sean said...

Good call on the flats! Though I gotta say, you could've gone a little cheaper on the shoes and upgraded the brew... some things are just non-negotiable;) Nice Tempo work. This is the run we most neglect but is reall the most enjoyable!

Jamoosh said...

Racing Flats - Because YOU are worth it!

Nitmos said...

Judging by the picture, you're a Whole Foot Striker. Did you ask for a shoe that meets that criteria?

Kelly said...

Oh well. If she's anything like me, she has a pair of heels she only wears twice a year that cost nearly as much. Enjoy it!

RunnuRMark said...

Hey, if you really care about speed, it's well worth it. I dropped $80 on some Asics Speedstars last year and there is a definite advantage. Blaze it up, my man.

Ulyana said...

Teee heee, I have a dresser full of regular shoes and another dresser full of running shoes... WORST. WIFE. EVAH.

Um, you so didn't waste your money. And light trainers - PERFECT choice!

Michelle said...

Nice pick on the kicks. You will certainly run much faster now. In fact, I am counting on it.

Seriously, you will feel the difference and you will see the difference. In other words you will run faster!!!

WOO!

Great tempo you did there! What is up with Bud 40? How about some Sam Adams Octoberfest bro?

Pat said...

I would have said, "No, I plan on wearing them the whole race."

But then, he wouldn't have said 18 minutes to me.

Katie said...

Haaaaa, too funny! Yeah, the damn highschool cross country team runs near my house sometimes, and I won't even dare go out until they're no longer in site. *sigh* Must be something in the water :)

RunnerDude said...

Go ahead and tell your wife that she was right. I've learned after 23 years of marriage that that's the best plan of action. But between you and me....shhhh...not too loud....you did the right thing. Enjoy your new racing flats (I mean light weight trainers). Silent cheer!

Rural Runner E said...

Nice flats.
Enjoy them.
You only live once.
A good craftsman never blames his tools....
Look fast, run fast.
Anymore cliches I can post?

Caro said...

Wow -- look at the clean tile on the floor!

Ted said...

No VFFs??? Next time, try Saucony Fastwitch 4.

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Morgan said...

That awkward pose it hilarious!!!! Thanks for sharing with me, now I don't feel so bad! LOL!