July 08, 2013
I received an email (and also saw on Facebook) that Runners Forum, one of the local running stores, was holding a group fun run/walk and representatives from Saucony were going to be there so that people could try on their shoes during the run. Sounded like a great opportunity to try out a different pair of shoes. I’ve been an Asics Girl from DAY ONE but they’ve changed the style I run in. I have one pair of the new GT 3000s and the left foot seems off just a bit. I’m going to try these new Asics one more time before I make any drastic moves. However, this might provide another option for me.
I was a little nervous about going and doing this. They said that all abilities were welcome but I’m slow and didn’t want to be embarrassed. Plus I was worried that I might have to stop and use the bathroom. I wasn’t sure what route they would be running and what if I was about to have an emergency? But I put on my “big girl running shorts” and drove to the store. There were a lot of people already there. They put me in a pair of Saucony Guides. Unfortunately 7 was the smallest size they had and I normally wear a 6 1/2. I was hoping this wouldn’t cause a problem.
After a few instructions about the path we would be running and a reminder that this was to be a fun run, we all took off. It was true - all abilities were there. The speedier folks were gone in a flash, I was about mid-pack and there were some walkers behind us. There was a guy there with his two daughters; one was 9 and I think the other one might have been about 7. Basically we ran through the strip mall parking lot, through a neighborhood over to the YMCA to do the 1 1/2 mile lap there and then back. The “organizers” weren’t 100% sure if this would actually be a 5K and I wasn’t sure either at first. But I was wearing my Garmin so I would find out. When we got to the turn to go back in the neighborhood, some RF employees were standing there and said that we needed to do a short lap in front of the Y and then back on the path to the neighborhood. I didn’t have a good gauge of who should have been in front of me because there were also just random people out on the path. AND I was hoping that no one was following me because I just wasn’t sure how far to go. Well, most of the people behind me either opted out of doing the lap or didn’t go far enough because as I was about to get back in the neighborhood, I was practically last. I had to start passing the walkers ahead of me.
Turns out that what I did was correct because by the time I got back to the store my Garmin measured 3.11 miles. I think if they’d had us go further south on the path at the Y and not had people do an add-on loop it would have made more sense. I might go run it again some evening and see how it measures.
Afterward, there was water, Gatorade type drinks and beer. Plus, Saucony provided Jimmy John sandwiches. I wasn’t hungry but did grab a couple of waters. Obviously plenty of people took advantage of the food. It basically got devoured in no time.
They were giving a 10% discount on Saucony shoes if you bought them that night but I wasn’t ready to make the commitment just yet. Although they felt pretty good and similar to my Asics, I did have some rubbing on my left Achilles area probably because they were too big.
So you might be asking, what were these FIRSTS that I had, well….
- I’ve never not run in Asics. First time in a new brand.
- I ran without my music. I never done that (on purpose) but I wasn’t sure what etiquette was so I left my shuffle in my car.
- I’ve never done a training run and not had a bathroom nearby for the first 3 miles. Not sure what it is about my digestive system but if there’s gonna be an issue, that’s when it will happen. I felt like it was “touch & go” a couple of time and took some walking breaks. Thus it was not a fast 5K but I’ll call it a success.
I will definitely do this type of thing again if it is offered.