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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Found My Perfect Shoe - RunLog 8-19-15

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 19, 2015

A miracle of sorts has happened.

I finally found my perfect shoe today on my runs. Yeah I ran twice again, a 3.0 miler with Bennie and then a slow 5.0 miler - that was more like swimming than running, but any way...getting back to finding my perfect shoe.

You can tell where my priorities are...running shoes. ;-)

I am such a geek.

Oh well here is my perfect shoe, it is either called:
  • Hotra Torton
  • Altoka Clifin

Yeah, I know -- disappointing that it is not a real running shoe, but a pipe dream.

This morning when I ran in the Altra Torin 1.5's for the first time I was reminded how much I love the wide, natural shaped toe-box and the way that the uppers do not bother my feet - at all. Then on my second run, it just re-emphasized how much I love the ride, feel and quietness of the Clifton V1's.

If only...they made a running shoe with the Torin's upper/wide toe box and attached it to the Clifton's more cushioned and rockered sole unit, but keeping the more natural foot shape of the Altra's, I would be a happy runner.

Alas, that is not reality, it is either one or the other and never the twain shall meet.

Although the Topo Magnify is intriguing, since it might be a blend of those two shoes - well sort of. I will have to see a pair, to see what they are actually like.

Run #1

Foggy, muggy - that 110% humidity thing, but it was in the mid 60's so the run while sweaty, wasn't too bad. However, Bennie was a peeing and pooping machine this morning and we did more than a few "extra" stops along the way. Which meant that I never got a good steady pace going.

Strava Stats 1 8-19-15

It was my first run in the Altra Torin 1.5's and running in them really brought back a bunch of memories (good and bad). I love the fit of the Torin's, they are a comfortable running shoe and I will change out the laces to LockLaces, for me and Altra's LockLaces just work a lot better - they always have. They were a lot more firm than the Clifton's are, which I expected, but still it is a pretty noticeable difference.

The bad part of running in Altra's is that for me I feel a little more stress on my hamstrings (not the Achilles or Calf) when I am running in them. Which means I have to start doing my Yoga video to get them back into shape again and if I notice that they are still bothering a little more due to the Torin's I will make them into 4mm drop shoes.

Overall, I was very pleased with how I ran in the Torin's, after not running in Altra's for over a year, but there is no doubt that I can notice that I am running with a little different gait than I do in other shoes in my rotation. Getting used to the less cushioned feeling is something that I can get used to again - if these work well for me.

Run #2

I purposely wanted to run in the Clifton's after running in the Torin's. This was just one of those hot weather slog runs where, you run by effort and don't worry about how fast...well how slow your pace is. You just run, do the miles, smile and take your shower. Although I will say, I was pretty consistent for the first 4.0 miles. :-)

Strava Stats 2 8-19-15

So yeah there was not much doubt that the Clifton's are a better shoe for me to run well in compared to the Torin's. However, at the same time - the Clifton's are not nearly as comfortable due their narrowness compared to the Torin's, which makes them noticeably more uncomfortable on my right foot.

The trade-offs are:

Torin's - slightly less comfortable sole unit (firmer ride) and very comfortable fitting upper that is wide enough, which allows me to relax and focus on the running, not how my foot feels.

Clifton's - on the edge of being too narrow for my right foot (which makes for a distraction - not discomfort or pain, but definitely a focus-stealer), but the sole unit design/geometry fits how I run better than any other shoe has in a long time.

Which means that I will be alternating them between runs and which one feels the best in a few months will be what I get next time. Unless the Topo Magnify does turn out to be a combo of the two - I can only dream that it is so.

Good runs and I have a feeling that I have two pair of shoes that will work for me, but they are different enough to really notice the differences.

A lot to think about and not enough data/observations yet to really know how this going to work out.

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