I have had way too may “first runs” lately, but this one felt different than the other shoes I have tried out lately. As I discussed in my Running Shoes – Time to Rewind and Start Over post I chose the Saucony Kinvara 2. Even though they were on my top 5 list, I had been hesitant to try them because of what had happened to my previous Saucony shoes (heel wear and blister problems). However, nothing else was working and I really do love the fit and feel of Saucony shoes, so I decided to look very closely at the Kinvaras.
I am glad that I did, the heel is designed differently than other Saucony shoes that I have run in and hopefully this design change, fixes the issues I have had with them in the past.
When I tried them on, there was no doubt that they were going to come home with me.
They did and here they are:
Saucony Kinvara - Notice that they are not black and orange 🙂
Saucony Kinvara - Coast Guard Blue and White - they just need a little International Orange thrown in 🙂
Saucony Kinvara - The Box
Enough of the pictures already, how did they do on my feet during the run?
How were they
FANTASTIC – this is a PG-13 site, so I can’t write what I really said-but the sailor did come out and play for a while. 🙂
They were comfortable, I easily maintained my form for most of 3.1 miles (except when I was screwing around with my iPhone‘s arm band, which I eventually threw in my pocket). I knew the calf strain was there and had to back off my lean when I was going faster, but at more reasonable speeds, it was hardly noticeable – big freaking difference!!!!
The shoes are light and fast – and yes I like them a lot so far.
The only thing I noticed at all was that they were a little tight on my right forefoot, not uncomfortably tight, just more snug than the left, so that is something that I will watch to see if it loosens up a bit, after I wear them for a while.
Here are my splits for the run today:
The first mile in a new pair of shoes is always slower, as you get used to how they feel, plus I was messing around with how I was carrying my iPhone for the GPS program. That is my next project finding a great way to carry it once the weather turns warmer and I don’t have pockets to carry it in or else find a GPS watch that I have on my wrist – who know maybe I will win one of the contests going on.
I am definitely very happy with my mile 2 & 3 splits for a first run and my cadence was very close to my goal of 90.
The reality is that
Now I wish I had gotten my Saucony Kinvaras earlier and not done the run-a-round routine, if these work as good as I think they will, next time I will know to start with the Saucony, instead of waiting like I did this time.
The Kinvaras have had the best start of all of my shoes in a long time! Now let’s see how they do from here.
Next report at 50 miles.