Rainy, Blustery Day and Saucony Liberty ISO Update

Some days you are the bug and some days the windshield, today well let me tell you a story about a man named Harold who runs way too much.

This morning was the perfect morning for a run, so of course I didn’t run then. There was just too much going on, so of course by the time I got to get out and get my run in, it was 52*F (not bad), a bit breezy and raining.

Now I won’t melt in the rain, it is more getting that gumption up to get out the door, then once you out there running…well it isn’t all that bad. Actually I have had some of my best runs in these conditions.

I wore the Saucony Liberty ISOs again today, after yesterday’s better run, I was interested in seeing how they felt two days in a row with those new insoles in. Also I wanted to really give them a good workout in nastier conditions and between the slime downback on the dirt road and the wet roads, it was a really great day to test them out.

This run was going to be purposely slower, I know that I can run well in the the Liberty ISOs and also wanted to know how they felt at slower paces.

It was raining so much that after a half mile I had to take my glasses off – this blind as a bat running that I love so much on the slime down back is always an adventure that I really don’t enjoy. It just means that I automatically slow down on the dirt road sections of the run, when the glasses get taken off. Also with the rain, I didn’t bother bringing my iPhone – no sense in creating a problem when there isn’t one.

I didn’t have any issues with the Liberty ISOs and while I really wasn’t into the run, I ran well for the conditions. Even though Garmin Connect claims it was 52*F, it was a damned raw 52* and the breeze picked up pretty good coming back against it. The first 4.0 miles were pretty good and I had to focus a little more on mile 5.0 to maintain the same pace.

That last 1.2 miles was just a slog. I was soaked through, even though I was sweating I was also starting to feel the cold more than I should have at that point in a run. I have a sneaking suspicion that the cold is going to bother me more this year, so that I might be doing more time on the treadmill during the winter than I usually do.

At least I will still be running.

Today’s run certainly was not in a warm rain, it turned into one of those cold miserable rains and I was pretty glad when I got done.

How did the Liberty ISOs do.

If this had been my first run in them, I would not have been searching all summer for a shoe to run in. My metatarsals did not bother me at all, there were no issues with grip on the pavement or slime down back, the shoes felt comfortable – not too firm or stiff. This is how the Liberty’s should have felt back in May.

Yes, I have made a few changes that have made them comfortable for me, but took a bit to get here and I really came close to never running in these shoes again, which would have been too bad. They are turning into a pretty good pair of running shoes for me.

Now to see how long they stay in my rotation. 🙂

Not a great run, but I learned a bit more about the Liberty ISOs and got some good miles in.

I might be doing something right, I got all three doggies on the coach with me, while I am writing this tonight.

Friday’s 5.0 Miler – A Day Late

I started this last night, but I was just too damn drained to keep writing. So this is actually Friday’s RunLog post.

After taking yesterday (Thursday) off, I knew that I was going to get a few miles in today. It was just a question of when and where. We had to put new tires on Clifford (our van), do doggie day care, and grocery shop this morning. I got the doggie day care (referee duty) and everyone else got out of the house.

Lucky dogs, they got to spend time with me. I will have you know all three dogs and four cats survived the morning. 🙂 Oh yeah, I did as well.

Once we got settled again and someone else could referee, I headed out with a small difference. I decided to run in the Saucony Liberty v1 for the first time since May 19th. I liked the Liberty’s, but they didn’t seem to work with my feet, so I had decided to take a break from them for a few days.

Well that few days turned into a few months and since I have been resurrecting my Saucony rotation recently, it was appropriate to add back the Liberty’s.

I stopped running in them back in May for a couple of reasons:

1. They felt too damn firm and bothered my metatarsals when I ran more than 3-4 miles in them. I guess that is two reasons right there, but they were sort of related, so I put them together.

2. I had too many shoes going and not enough miles to go around.

So while I loved many things about the Liberty, there was not enough great stuff to keep me running in them with so many other options to choose from. Lately I have reduced the shoes that actually work for me down to a pretty reasonable number and decided to give some of the Saucony shoes another look.

I did a little relacing and cut about an inch incision into the front of the ISO Fit bootie to see if that alleviated the problems with the metatarsaglia that plagued me before with the Liberty’s. If that works, I will probably find a pair of white LockLaces to put in them.

During the run itself, the shoes were borderline very comfortable. They still feel too firm, but at the same time the Liberty’s didn’t cause that painful tingling sensation in my forefoot that had been the big issue in May. So there is cause for some optimism regarding keeping them in my current rotation.

However, I am pretty sure that after re-reading my RunLog entries from May, that I will have to replace the insole with something a little more forgiving (thicker) again, to combat the firmness in the forefoot. Otherwise I was very happy with the feel of the shoe while running.

It was a pretty perfect Fall day for nice run and the 5.0 miles went by pretty quickly. No serious pushing the pace, but a nice consistent effort throughout. I run fairly well in the Liberty’s, so it is worth the effort I am making to get them to work for me. The quality of the shoes and how long they should last if I can get them to fit properly would be nice.

Yeah, now to get the bill for fixing the Cherokee, it got towed down to the repair shop yesterday afternoon, it ain’t gonna be pretty.

Windy and Figuring Out Saucony Liberty – RunLog 5-11-18

Boy was it windy this morning with pretty steady breezes over 20 mph, but at least the temps were reasonable in the mid 40’s or so and 51*F by the time I got to Fred’s Coffee. Did I ever mention that I really dislike running in the wind – because I really do.

Enough moaning and groaning about the windy conditions, you can whine about the weather some other time Harold, because the weather is what it is.

I didn’t feel like the Middle Road loop, I wanted something a little longer, but didn’t feel like beating myself up on the hills around the house and also wanted to go a little longer.

So I went into Waterville and did the Colby Loop for just over 7.0 miles. The run itself was good and nothing to write home about other than I ran well, managed to accomplish everything that I wanted and didn’t get injured along the way.

One of the things that I wanted to accomplish was to figure out whether I liked the Saucony Liberty ISO or not. My first run in them around Back Cove in Portland didn’t really impress me all that much. Today I had originally planned on running in something else, however, when I got to Planet Fitness to change up, I got to thinking that I wanted to learn more about the Liberty’s and decided to use the them at the last moment.

When putting the Liberty’s back on my feet, (I had worn them over to the gym), I noticed when I retied that they felt a LOT more snug and I had to re-loosen the laces considerably and then be careful to not snug them up too much. I attribute this to the lace hole style and the ease with which the laces slide through the loops – a problem that I have had with other shoes with similar style of lacing.

Something that I had noticed in my first run is that the Liberty’s felt completely different to me on tar than they did on the dirt path section. Today on the roads I really liked the way the shoes felt and they do not pick up grit, pebbles or other road crap, which is nice.

To be honest the Liberty’s felt like they were a completely different shoe today on the roads.

They still felt fairly firm to me despite the Everun midsole and even though they are over 10 ounces, they run lighter than that. At about the 3.0 mile point, the bottom of my forefoot started to bother a little, not nearly as bad as the Zealot 3’s did in my first run at that point, but I was starting to think this wasn’t going to be good.

The Liberty’s do have ISO Fit and a sock liner, which is a bit looser than the Zealot in the forefoot, but still noticeably snug on my forefoot.

So I tried different things to see if I could alleviate or forestall the discomfort in the forefoot that I have experienced so often in the past.

  • Changing my stride length
  • Purposely altering how land
  • Running with my feet as straight as possible versus my usual duck run and toe off

When I started doing that last one, almost immediately the bottom of my feet stopped feeling as if they were going to bother. MMMMMM that’s was interesting.

So I kept running that way and found that my feet felt fine and the Liberty’s felt good as evidenced by the way I was able to pick the pace back up. Also the Liberty’s also let me know when I lost focus and started running more with my normal duck style, by starting to experience discomfort on the bottom of my forefoot.

When I ran with my feet straight, everything felt good as you can see by the mile splits above. Mile 3 and 4 was when I was experiencing some discomfort with my feet the rest of the way things cleared up pretty well.

Now I am not saying that a simple change to my form fixed everything with these shoes, but it was a good run and made a much better impression on me than my first run in them gave me.

Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come in the Liberty’s and they become a running shoe that I can rely on for my recovery and longer runs.

A good day today.

I might even get some practice at running without a duck-walk running form.