This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Hey Bennie and I got out first thing this morning and it was glorious. Mid 50's, no wind and the leg wasn't screaming at me for abusing it that time of the morning.
The second run was my first run in my other pair of running shoes that I got for my birthday - Under Armour Apollo 2's.
All I can say is WOW!!!
I will go into more detail on my initial thoughts post. I am the first to say that one run doesn't make a great shoe and I am pretty damn jaded when it comes to first runs in running shoes, but Wow. I need one more run in them just to see if they still feel the same on a different day.
Time of Day:6:30 AM
Planned Distance: 3.0
Type of Run: Easy run
Course: Blake Tar O/B
Terrain: Tar & Dirt Roads
Eccentric Heel Drops
Strava Graph Screen shot
Notes/Observations about the run: Just one of your typical Bennie runs. Although, it was nice to see Bennie acting like he was enjoying the running, instead of doing it because he had to protect the old fart from heat exhaustion.
Everything felt better than it has in a while - I think it is too soon to say that the eccentric floor heel drops are making a difference, but...well it is too soon to think that they might be helping.
We did see a turkey and her brood of chicks wandering around the neighbor's yard - at least 8 of them.
Other than that all was quiet and we just enjoyed the gorgeous morning.
Shoes Used:U/A Bandit 2
Remarks: Loosening up the LockLaces seemed to help a lot with the snugness on the feet, I still have to break in the insole a little more though I can feel a little heat in there on the bottoms of the feet. Once it conforms to my foot shape I see lots of comfort in my future.
Planned Distance: 1-2
Type of Run: Calibrate footpad to Garmin GPS watch and do the first run in the Apollo 2's - no real planned pace.
Course: UMA Hill 3.0 Miler
Terrain: Tar, 1 hill
Winds: Calm to 5 mph swirling
Strava Graph Screen shot
Notes/Observations about the run: I am not going into detail about what I think of the Apollo 2's, I am saving that for their initial impressions post. However, I will say Wow and leave it at that.
What was the run like. I started off a little stiff (someday I will actually loosen up before a run) and then picked up the pace a little. I wanted to see how the new shoes felt at a faster pace, but didn't want to do too much speed, because the leg was complaining a little before I got out the door.
The first thing I had to do since these are going to become my treadmill, as well as "faster" shoes was to calibrate the Garmin Footpod to them and me. That takes .66 of a mile and I was feeling pretty good when the watch buzzed to let me know it was now calibrated. That is that first steady downward area on the graph
When I got over to the straight-away between Jewett & the Farmhouse, I picked it up enough to get 2nd fastest on that segment for me and wasn't pushing all that hard.
Then coming along the little connector road, I decided that I really didn't feel like doing 2 or 3 laps, so I went down to the main road and came up the main driveway and that damn hill. Between the almost 80 degrees, bright sunshine and the hill, I didn't put a lot of effort into getting up it fast.
After that it was just plodding along to finish up a little more than expected at three miles.
Good run, well actually the first outdoor run in a long time that I really enjoyed, well the hill sucked, but the rest wasn't too bad.
Anything going on in life to share?
Shoes Used:U/A Apollo 2
First Run in the new shoes - Wow.
Aches and Pains:
Left Leg - a little better
Hamstrings - didn't notice them on the second run