Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Shoe review - Kinvara Trail

First off, let me say that I probably buy new running shoes more often than I need to. But I had money left on a MEC gift card from Christmas that was burning a hole in my pocket and I recently discovered that my other saucony shoes are not meant for winter running. They have open mesh on the bottom that lets snow and slush in. Not fun to discover 6k into a run!

Anyways, on Saturday I convinced J to come to MEC with me to scope out new shoes.  He love love loves his Kinvaras and convinced me to try the Kinvara trail version.  I walked around for a while in a 9 and a 9.5. Although I wear an 8.5 shoe, I always size up my running shoes to avoid the dreaded black toe nails.

I ended up going with the 9.5 and eagerly laced them up to do a 6k run on Saturday followed by another 6k on Sunday.  On Sunday I noticed my calves were unusually sore.  By Monday it hurt to walk to work. This could be because they are a minimalist 4mm drop shoe, but so are my other Sauconys.  It could also be because they are a bit lower profile which is calling in my stabilizers.  I asked the twitterverse what gives, and was told simply to persevere.

Yesterday I ran another 6k with 3 hill repeats and then made a focussed effort to stretch my lower calves afterward.  I tried to foam roll them on Monday but that was not happening.

I am going to tough it out because they really are very comfortable shoes. No pinching, no rubbing, and they are pretty good looking too : )

Have you tried a minimalist shoe and experienced a 'breaking in' period??

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