Marathon Training Week 11 : My New Shoes!!

5 Aug

8 weeks to go…

My Training Plan:


What Actually Happened:

It was a little bit hard to get up early on Wednesday morning to go for a run for two reasons; 1) we had just got home from a 5 day weekend in London; and 2) it was my birthday! But I was excited to try out my new Mizuno Wave Sayonara’s. As I mentioned last week, I picked up a pair of the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara while we were in London, and I was eager to get out on the road and take them for a proper run. So that’s exactly what I did. I started out a bit slow on the first few intervals as I wasn’t sure how I would go in the new shoes but I quickly picked up the pace as they were so comfortable and light. I was able to push myself harder than I would have normally and I felt great afterwards. Very decent first run in new shoes. Friday Tempo Run went much the same as the Interval Training. I haven’t been very specific with my ST/MT/LT paces for the tempo runs now that I’m back on the road but I again picked up the pace for the 5K block and averaged around 5:15min/km which is one of my fastest so far (I think!). Again I recovered well and was really happy with my performance and my new shoes.

The Sunday long run was a different story however. After a party on the Saturday night to celebrate my birthday I was in no shape to get up at my usual 5am for this run so it wasn’t until 12.30pm that I set off. Unfortunately, this spell of beautiful weather in Geneva has been continuing and it was probably around 30 degrees when I started out on my run. The rugby field was in full sun and I very quickly felt the effects of the heat and humidity. I was forced to stop every 2-3km for a drink and by 9km I was seriously struggling. I could feel that my heart rate was extremely high for the 6:40min/km pace that I was running and made the decision at the 12km mark to head back home. 15km and 1hr40mins later I ran home and jumped straight into a cold bath. I was surprised by how I was affected by the heat but I was equally surprised by how quickly I recovered. I know I made the right decision to call it quits half way through although the 28km long run scheduled for this Sunday will be just that bit tougher now.

Now for the stuff that you’ve been waiting for. My review of the new Mizuno Wave Sayonara!!

Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Women's Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Women’s Mizuno Wave Sayonara

Ok let’s talk business. I’m by no means an expert when it comes to running shoes as these are only my second (proper) pair but can I just tell you that I am super impressed with these. But first, here’s how I came to buy them.

In the Fitting Room

Whilst we were in London we stopped in at SweatShop Trump Street. The staff did a full gait analysis whereby they observed and analysed my running style and the motion of my feet using a video camera and treadmill. We discussed my problem with shin splints and my desire to have a more minimalist shoe and after around 30 minutes I was presented with 3 different pairs of shoes to try; the Mizuno Wave Sayonara, Adidas Adizero Adios and Brooks PureCadence. I tried each of them first for comfort then took them for a spin on the road. I instantly set aside the Brooks because they did not seem to be as comfortable as the other two, particularly when I ran a few laps in them.  So it was between the Adidas Adios and the Mizuno Wave Sayonara.

I am usually a European size 37 in everyday shoes and have the Saucony Triumph 9 in a 38 but I ended up with a 38.5 in the Mizuno Wave. The toe box is quite roomy which suits me well as, although I have quite narrow feet, I am a forefoot runner and don’t like my toes to be cramped or touch the end, and the heel is locked in, feeling nice and tight. They were instantly comfortable (some cushioning to ensure a comfortable ride) and very light (<200 grams). The upper material is also light and breathable which is good for hot feet (particularly with this heat!). They also fit the “more minimalist” requirement by having a 9-10mm heel-toe drop – about the same as the Saucony Triumph 9.

So with a few boxes ticked inside the store I took the Adidas Adios and the Saucony Wave Sayonara out on the street for a test drive. A few laps up and down the street outside the store and I was in love with both pairs of shoes. Adidas Adios are seriously the lightest shoes I have ever worn and they were great to run in. The Mizuno Wave was a little heavier due to the extra cushioning in the heel area but these were also very nice to run in.

Decision Time

To cut a long story short, I decided on the Mizuno Wave because they had slightly more cushioning than the Adidas Adios and it was a safer way to go considering my injury. I would definitely consider buying the Adidas Adios next time around.

On the Street

As I mentioned above, I was really excited about giving my new shoes a good run this past week and the result is that I could not be happier. My feet did not slip inside or out of the shoe, no blisters, no shin pain and no feeling of needing to “break in” the shoes. They are really light on the feet and I feel I get good return for my efforts. I’ll be using these for my sprints and tempo runs to start with but as a high mileage shoe I would definitely consider using them for the longer runs too. I will certainly be keeping you updated on these as I get more wear out of them.

That’s it for me for this week’s running report. Next weeks report should be interesting as I’m tackling my longest run ever – 28km – so stay tuned for that story.

I’ll be posting about turning 30 and my 80s party this week including some yummy desserts I whipped up for the occasion!

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