Running in Racing Flats

23 Jul

Look what arrived yesterday … my new racing flats. They are the Saucony Women’s Fastwitch 2. 9 hours too late for yesterday’s interval workout but they’re here, at last. The first thing I noticed immediately was how light they were – 7.6 ounces. I can’t wait to see how that translates over on race day, running in a lighter shoe. (It’s hard to imagine that the FW3 is even lighter at 6 ounces!) They are nice and snug, and I also noticed that unlike my trainers, these don’t have a leather (or pleather) wrapped toe, it’s all mesh. I then flipped these girls upside down to check out the sole.

Inscribed within the sole it says “running is a way of life … a commitment to yourself … judged only by you …”

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and then under the heal it says “… giddy up!”


And the best part of all is I finally got a pair of running shoes that are red. My favorite color!

Obviously, I had to take them out for a spin this morning. I wish I had a little more juice in these legs but that track session yesterday zapped them a bit (not sore but a little tired) and today was just an easy 4+ mile run. I did get down to 6:40 (pace) at the end of the run and I was walking on air I tell you. Next week’s track session should be fun with the new kicks.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments yesterday. It’s actually been quite shocking to me how all of this speedwork helps my running. I am glad, however, that I did hold off on doing it until now, giving my body two years to prepare for it. It is so fun and challenging and if you are a competitive runner, as I’m certain a number of you are, you will love how it makes you work to hit your goals. A year ago my friend sauconRunner was doing track workouts and kept going on and on about how much she loved the track. I would think to myself, “You’re crazy girl! Better you than me.” sauconRunner, if you are reading this, I eat my words. I love the track, too.

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10 Responses to “Running in Racing Flats”

  1. Lacey Nicole July 23, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    ooooooooh! sooo cool!!! 7.6 oz yowwzzahhhhs, that's awesome. do they give you any cushion? so glad you took them out for a spin πŸ™‚

  2. Mel-2nd Chances July 23, 2009 at 8:41 am #

    Enjoy the new kicks!! And great job on the track!

  3. Marlene July 23, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to leave a comment (signature). :)Nice kicks! I absolutely love the little sayings on the bottom. These are going to bring you some sweet seed on race day!Look forward to reading more about your training!

  4. cami July 23, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    I likes. Bright-colored shoes make me run faster. Nice inscription too. πŸ™‚

  5. Oscar Yeager July 23, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    I'm glad the speedwork seems to have rejuvenated you.I've always believed it's good from a mental perspective to see that constant improvement.It's the plateaus that are frustrating, when you have to discover a new method to get you over, around, or through the next wall to your running times.

  6. Christina July 23, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    Yeah for the new racing flats. You were fast before and now you will be lightening fast.

  7. J July 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Those are some pretty awesome shoes! I want them!!

  8. sneakersister July 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    Lacey – they are considered a "light stability shoe" so they do have some cushioning in them. cami – I was so close to getting the orange version, but I held back. Let's just see if I can set some new PR's first, without wearing cocky orange flats.

  9. trialsoftraining July 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    7.6 ounces?! That's Crazy!!! I would love to have another pair of shoes for speedwork. the budget is restricting that for now, but I think it'd be a good investment at some point. πŸ™‚ glad you got your RED shoes!

  10. Julia July 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Sauconys have always been my fav running shoes! I'm still afraid of the track, but must go face those fears head on!

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