First impressions

Last week I hinted at some new shoes coming in the mail – a pair of Saucony Mirage. They arrived from Holabird Sports over the weekend and I finally got to run in them yesterday. Saucony ProGrid Mirage Green Citron

I will never judge a shoe by one run, but I really liked the way they felt. The lightness of the shoe was much nicer than I expected.

I got these shoes because I am a huge fan of trying something new without going too extreme. I am pretty sure I won't get a pair of Vibram's or anything less of a shoe than the Mirage any time soon. Notice that I'm not saying "never."

If I can transition to this shoe quickly I will, but for now I'm not going to force the issue. I'll have one or two runs a week in them before anything high mileage. That said, I would love to wear these awesomely green shoes for the Shamrock Half.

I also have another new product in my hands … or on my wrist – a Soleus GPS 1.0. It's a long story about how I got this watch, but I want to thank Soleus for the opportunity to wear this.

Soleus came onto the scene recently with an affordable GPS option with a watch that is just that – a normal looking watch with GPS features. Unlike Garmin or other similar companies, you cannot download the data to a computer.

Soleus GPS 1.0After a few runs with the watch, I like it a lot. The connection to a GPS is quick and the various screen options are nice. I do miss the data that my Garmin 205 provides, however, I never really started using those features until last year. I still don’t download my data often, but I do like looking at elevation profiles and maps on crazy runs.

I have done some comparison with the Garmin – the first run it was just .06 more on a 5.3 mile run; with a co-worker it was .15 more on a 3-mile run. I know that GPS watches read differently and aren't 100% accurate, but I will continue to compare the two as I decide on which one I like better.

How I handle not having quick access to elevation or maps is yet to be seen. The question is, do I really need it? The quick answer is no. I did fine without it for years. Perhaps I'll keep my Garmin for those crazier runs, although it seems ridiculous to leave it sitting around when I can easily sell it. My Garmin, though, is old and I don't know how long it will last.

On the health side of things, I am finally feeling better. I'd say I’m about 90% now – still a little ways to go, but I'll definitely be ready for 10 miles this weekend.