After putting a hole in my old Nike Dual Fusions, I needed to get a new pair of running shoes and today I did. I got the Saucony Peregrine trail shoe. I wanted to run in them as soon as I got home, but it was pouring rain, so I decided to wait.
The rain slowed down to a light rain and I finally was able to run at 4:00P.M. So how did they do?
Really good. I never will say that a shoe is great, until I have run at least 50 miles in them, sometimes initial impressions, turn out to be very wrong and have for me all too many times in the past.
The Peregrines did a good job, but like any new shoe that I have run in there is some initial adjustment that needed to be made, tightening up laces, having to use double-knots, and just getting used to the way they feel. When I first run in a pair of shoes, I purposely run slowly for the first mile, stopping to change things as necessary and the round shoe laces do need to be double-knotted, otherwise you will be stopping to tie them all the time.
The second mile, I focused more on establishing a good rhythm going (still slow) and focusing on how the shoe itself feels, there were no hotspots, they felt light and quick. I really like the way the Peregrines felt on the wet surfaces I ran on tonight, they were very sure footed and didn’t slip around like other shoes I have run in. I am really focusing on what I call whisper running, no slapping the ground and pounding my heels into the pavement. They did everything that I asked of them.
For my third mile, I did 8:00 minute pace surges for 50 yards at a time and then kicked at the end. Again the shoes felt light and quick and for my present level of fitness they are right there.
Since this is only my first run in the Peregrines, I want to remain conservative in singing my praises, but they compare very well with other shoes that I have really liked. It will be interesting to see what my 50 mile review says about these shoes.
Overall run – very good.
Time of Day: 4:05 P.M.
Weather: Light rain – it was dark when I finished