You know something is up and I know what it is. My running suddenly improved last Friday, my pace is faster by almost 20 (or more) seconds a mile on my training runs on average and I have set 2 training course records:
- Friday 28 seconds off my Notta Road 5.0 Miler
- Monday 4 minutes 26 seconds off my Pond Road 10 Miler
The only differences are the weather is cooling down and the Mizuno Elixir 7’s that I was provided for review purposes through Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project. The cooler weather is nice, but it has been that way for a few weeks now and I have run these courses slower in the cooler weather this fall.
No I really attribute a lot of the drop in times to the Elixir’s. The more that I run in them the more impressed I am becoming. They let me run the way that I run, nothing more, nothing less.
On today’s 10.0 mile run I never really gave more than 80% effort, except coming up Bartlett Hill, I haven’t run this way in a long time (it feels great to just be running again) and the best part is that the minor aches and pains that have plagued me over the past couple of months, don’t seem to be bothering me nearly as much.
Basically, since I started running in the Mizuno’s, I have stopped trying to think so much about how I am running and am focusing more on just running, so far it feels damn good.
I was pleasantly surprised at having a 7:48 mile for mile 7 to 8 being able to run that fast after 7.0 miles well just helped my confidence an awful lot, not to say that I am all that fast, but to do this on a training run – well…
Although Nike+ says 9.9, I actually did the full 10.0 miles according to iSmoothRun, it is the difference between the GPS signal loss and the program’s use of the accelerometer.
This also includes the 20-30 seconds I lost on the last mile when the neighbor’s golden lab came out and wanted to play/run with me . Was a little frustrated, but that is what dogs will do if they are loose, especially when they “know” you.
Disclosure: I volunteered to participate in a FitFluential campaign, which resulted in my being selected for the Mizuno Mezamashii Project. Although I received the Mizuno Elixir shoes as a media sample to review, the opinions of this product are my own and I have not received any other compensation as part of this review.
After 4 runs in the Mizuno Elixir 7’s, if Mizuno asked me to send them back, I would offer to buy them and if they refused, I would drive down to the Maine Running Company in Brunswick and buy another pair. That is how impressed I am so far with these shoes. For me they they run like I do and I can’t give a shoe any higher recommendation than I would spend my own money on them.