First of all, apologies if you saw a version of this earlier. I meant to save as a draft, but published by accident.
Yesterday, I had an awesome client event. New Balance had their fall press preview, and I worked at it for a few hours.
We showed quite a few lines of shoes, but there was one that I was dying to try–the RC 1600s.
First of all, they’re GORGEOUS. I value my knees and not injuring them, so I don’t pick my shoes based on looks, but these are one good-looking pair of shoes.
And they’re made for marathoners. They’re racing shoes built for people racing distances anywhere up to 26.2. (It just so happens I’ll be doing that again in October!) They’re lightweight (less than 5 ounces) and have a shorter heel-to-toe drop.
I have never worn racing shoes before, and honestly, I’m not sure if I ever would have bought them, but I decided to take them out on a tempo run this morning. One mile warm-up, two miles tempo (8:20, 7:56!), one mile cool-down.
They were awesome. The first mile it felt a bit odd wearing such a light shoe with a thin sole, but after that, it felt great. I could definitely feel how a lighter shoe helped my legs power through.
The tempo run was also amazing, too. So far, so good on my #RWrunstreak. 4 for 4. For the past few months, I’ve had no desire to do any sort of speed work at all, but knowing I’m starting marathon training next month, I’m starting to add it back in to prepare my body for what’s to come. (Dear body: a lot of running. Some of it as fast as you possibly can.)
We also showed the RC 5000s–the lightest shoe ever. The women’s version weighs 2.7 ounces!
They’re made for short-distance racing and speed workouts. (And are also gorgeous.)
Do you (or would you ever) wear racing shoes?