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.
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.