This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
I got bored this afternoon and decided that it was time to run in the Mizuno Hitogami 2's.
Yes, these are the Hitogami 2's, not the 3 or 4. They are a marked down, hold-over from 2014/2015 that I got through Amazon for under $50. The other thing is that I got them on 9/13 and put them in the closet and said that I wouldn't use them until my leg was feeling better, a lot better.
Why the Mizuno Hitogami 2's?
I wanted to have a pair of "faster for me" shoes available when I finally get back to running faster and racing. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a these shoes, since I wasn't sure when that was going to happen, which meant that I was going to get something on the cheap.
I have always loved the yellow and black colorway on the Hitogami 2 and I knew that it was a little wider than the Hitogami 3's from trying them on back in the day and reviews online. It checked off the boxes I was looking for, although I was really tempted and actually would have preferred to get the Ronin 4's that were on Amazon, but for an extra $40, for a 4-5 year old shoe, I just couldn't do it.
Unfortunately, I do have some personal experience with the Hitogami line (I got a pair of Hitogami 3's for Christmas 2014) and returned them because they hurt my tailor's bunionette. That experience made wonder how the Hitogami 2's would work for me.
However, I was enjoying the Mizuno's and wanted to really stay with one brand for a while - that do something different for a change.
Well the leg is feeling better and I figured as long as I wasn't too stoopid (I am working on not being quite as bad as I used to be), I could run decently in them. Not at race pace, but something closer to 8:00 for a couple of miles.
The first mile was to get to know the shoes, so it was slow and easy. I knew that they would not have the cushioning I have gotten used to, but they felt fast, even though I wasn't going fast. It take a little time to get things just so and adjust the stride to the new shoes.
The second mile I did a little more and then would back off, then pick it up again - not intervals, but not the slower running I ave been doing lately. I could tell I was getting tired because my left leg was slapping the ground a bit more than I like. Although I did pick it up pretty good that last part. I purposely shut it down and coasted to the end. The leg wasn't barking, but I was starting to feel the tightness that tells me that I wouldn't be running in the morning if I kept pushing.
I did have to adjust the laces and for a first, I had to tighten them up, usually I have to loosen things up. I have a feeling it will take a few more runs to get them just right, but I am not really liking the stock laces all that much. I am almost certain that I will stop at Dick's to get a set of LockLaces.
Running faster felt strange since I haven't done it for a while, things just felt out of sync and as much as I want to get back to it. I also know that it will take a while longer, before I start doing it regularly. Just to make sure I don't screw things up again.
The H2's felt good and it will be interesting to see how they do compared to the H3's which didn't.
Oh yeah, Bennie and I also did a 4.0 mile run this morning. Typical Bennie run. The Inspires did well as usual.