|k-swiss blade max stable, k-ona|
mizuno wave inspire 7, elixir 6
in preparation for my comeback race, i have decided to utilize my current shoe arsenal. it has been quite some time since i've been actively and consistently running. fortunately, i still have a few pair of shoes that will help me during my training runs. in my existing plans, i need to run 3x a week, tuesday easy runs, thursday tempo runs, and sunday long runs. given my current shoe line up, here are my usage breakdown.
easy runs: easy runs usually give me time to recover after the long runs. for these type of training runs, i can choose any of the shoes above. easy runs should help me get back into the groove of things. at times, i even use my vibram five fingers here to help stimulate other muscle
tempo runs: shoes for these runs should ideally be light weight to give the leg muscle less stress during runs. but then again, i tend to use the concept of 'train heavy, race light' with regards to shoes. IDEALLY, i would be using either the k-swiss k-ona, or the mizuno wave elixir series. both shoes provide the lightweightness i need for speed works, but still having ample support. both shoes help me speed up with impromptu fartleks, or help me with faster feet turn over (malamang, pag kapuy na ang legs, may tendency to lift lower, eh if mabigat pa ung shoes na gamit, additional weight pa un, but then again, train heavy, race light nga diba?).
long runs: for long runs, i always rely on my mizuno wave inspire series. these shoes have been my go-to shoes at all times. i use it for my long runs, easy runs, and even during tempo runs. i've had 3 incarnations of the said shoe model, namely inspire 4, 6, and 7. out of the three inspires i have, i still consider the inspire 6 as my best shoe so far. it has provided the ample support i need, and still be lightweight. cushioning was not an overkill as compared to the 7th edition, but it still is a good pair for me. the 8th edition of the inspire looks and feels like the 6th edition as well, although the cushioning feels like its the same as the 7th pa rin. i've seen images of the 9th edition of the inspire, and so far, i am happy with how it looks. it seems like the heel has deducted a few mm from the 8th, and can pass as a big person's racing shoes :)
an alternate long run shoe i've discovered recently for long runs is the k-swiss blade max stable. surprisingly for a stability shoe, this one is indeed lightweight, but still offers the necessary support. so far, i've been happy with the blade max stable, the right combination of lightweight and stability support i need for long runs. add to that the funky red and highlighter yellow color combination it has make heads turn whenever i run. parang feeling ko tuloy may mali ba akong ginagawa, or may dumi ba un suot ko when people see me run (along commonwealth and katipunan ave).
why was there a need for alternative shoes for long run? other than long distance running usually would beat your shoes more often than the shorter distance training runs, it would also wear out our soles faster (if you don't have an alternate pair.