marathon week 6: shoe porn

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Week six training repeated week five training. How to keep it fresh? I tried to narrow down my shoe choices for the M2B marathon, now only 11 weeks away.

week_06

Training went well. I returned to my plan’s rythym of six days running with a rest day before my long run. I ran 58.25 miles, same as last week, and now I’m looking forward to ramping up for the next round of training. Since my workouts were the same, I tried to vary my shoe choices to help decide what I will wear on race day.

shoes

I’ve tried a lot of shoes over the last five years and discovered my favorites through training and racing half marathons. My top three models: Newton BoCo AT, Saucony Kinvara, and New Balance Zante.

bocoat

The Newton BoCoAT is my go to trail running shoe. I wore them when I raced the Chesebro Half Marathon in 2015 and I wear them whenever I go off road into the hills. They are automatically disqualified from M2B because they are heavy, and get hot if I run longer than 10 miles. A great shoe for trails and cold weather, but not what I’m looking for when I run 26.2 in May.

kinvara

Meanwhile, I’ve been wearing the Saucony Kinvara  for almost five years and I pr’d a recent  half marathon with them. I first tried the Kinvara 3 and have been wearing them ever since. This year, the Kinvara 7 was introduced so I scooped up two pairs of the six for half price! I’m training with my first pair right now. There is only one  other shoe competing with the Kinvara.

zante

And that’s the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante. I tried a pair of Zante’s last year and raced  the Tiburon Half Marathon with them. I will decide between the Kinvara and Zante when I run M2B.

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Since my last two weeks of training were identical, I alternated long runs wearing the Kinvara and Zante. My Hermosa Beach to Palos Verdes route was 19.25 miles and included a little bit of everything: roads, trails, gravel paths, hills, and flats.

Both shoes held up admirably. The Zante’s upper was more comfortable – the shoes fit me perfectly and I could hardly feel them. My Kinvaras made themselves known but seemed to have more support. Will this make a difference in the later miles of my marathon?

For now, I’ve narrowed my choice between the Kinvara and Zante. There are still ten weeks of training to go and I will need to decide seven weeks from now so I can break in my race day shoes.

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