This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
The Pearl Izumi N1 Tri V2's were part of the swag I got for being a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team. The jacket and hat, were stuff that I purchased myself.
I have run one run on the treadmill in the N1 Tri's earlier in the week to decide if I wanted to keep them or not - they worked fine. Yeah, I am keeping them. So it was time to take them outside and see how they did in the real world.
The temps were decent at 40*F and light breeze out of the south, the roads clear and I was finally feeling normal again - whatever normal is for an old fart who flies by the seat of his pants.
I really don't know what was going on, but all day yesterday it felt like I had fought something off - I wasn't sick, but I was tired and didn't have any get up and get after it. So it wasn't me either for the past couple of days.
Friday I blamed on needing a day off, but I usually do not take two days off in a row very often (unless I am sick or injured) and yesterday was the second day.
All I do know is that I ran this morning and Bennie was happy about it.
We poked along down to Pepin Way, not really pushing the pace, but taking time to get used to the shoes. Plus Bennie needed to re-mark a lot of his territory - you know the drill.
Also I wasn't planning on doing any race-pace stuff in them today, this run was all about getting used to running in the Tri's outside. Yes, in my opinion there is a different feel to running on the treadmill and running outside.
I quickly learned that they feel a bit different than the N1 Roads, like I said in my first thoughts on them - not a bad thing, just different. I think the heel cup doesn't quite lock me down as well, but the toe box feels more comfortable.
After climbing up over the Bitch, we picked up the pace to closer to my race pace and then when hit the home stretch for the 4 mile Pepin Way Run, we did pick it up a bit - I changed my mind and wanted to see how they feel at race pace or faster. About half way to our mailbox, I thought that the left shoe might fall off - it just felt that loose and I had to change my stride. While we didn't slow down and the shoe didn't come off - it wasn't the feeling that I was looking for when running fast. Even so this was. the fastest I have run this segment by 3 seconds.
Which means that the N1 Tri's are a fast enough shoe for me, but that I gotta fix that loose feeling I got when I was running faster in the left foot.
The next couple of miles were spent catching up to Mary and then running with her for a while. She may not be fast, but TheWife sure can just keep going forever. She runs in all conditions, weather and temps and is a helluva lot more consistent runner than I am. I might be faster to start, but she would eventually just wear me down and pass me by.
It felt good to get back out there and run today, no it was not an amazing run in new shoes, but it was a good run, where they showed me some things that I need to snug up a little and that the N1 Tri's will be a nice compliment to my rotation.
I will be keeping the N1 Road's as my Treadmill shoes and probably my race day shoes for now. The N1 Tri's will be my outside faster workout days and my alternate race days shoes or if I get to like them more and more...well we will see.
Something I did was videotape myself running up and down the driveway (no I am not going to bore you that), but I noticed and even the wife noticed that my it almost looks as though my right lower leg is twisted out, while the upper leg is straight. Which causes that leg to run with more of a duck-foot landing (which I know that I do-it is pretty evident in snow or mud) and might be why it bothers me when I purposely try to run with it straight.
Which might be part of the reason I have so many issues with my right foot. I have a feeling it might be from that time that I hung upside down from a ladder that flipped over suddenly on me and torqued the hell out of my whole right side and caused me to miss time from work. I guess it is just some of those bad ole days coming back to haunt me in my dotage.
What I do need to work on is locking down the heels better, especially the left foot. Which might mean eventually putting laces in the shoes, since I don't do the triathlon scene and don't have to worry about transitions. I got them more for the tongue-less design - one less thing that moves around on a race-day shoe is a good thing in my opinion. I will give them a couple of more runs though before I make that decision. Which if I do, it will mean that the pull tabs on the back will likely disappear too.
Still it was nice to be back out there running today.
Disclosure I was selected on December 22, 2015 to be a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team and am positively predisposed to Pearl Izumi products. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with Pearl Izumi products might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”