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#1 MarkC77

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 01:46 PM

Hi guys, I'm getting back into running after several years of very little running and currently training for the 10 km event at the Melbourne Marathon next month.
I am currently running in the original NB Zante that was originally bought to wear casually but after trying them on a run I m impressed, they feel fast. I also recently bought Nike Epic React and most of my running has been in the Nike LunarTempo.

The LunarTempo have 600km on them and I think it's time to retire them. So if I was to have a new third shoe in my rotation what should it be? What kind of show should I be looking at?
New Balance as a brand seems to be making very good shoes this year (Beacon, Zante Pursuit etc)  so fairly keen on them. Also I've never had a pair of Pegasus before and I know these are very popular too.
I prefer neutral lighter shoes.

My aim is to get back to half-marathon training with sub 5min/km pace.

Thanks.

Edited by MarkC77, 06 September 2019 - 01:48 PM.


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Posted 06 September 2019 - 08:19 PM

I apologise in advance for my long rambling post.

I quite like the Nike Pegasus MarkC77.  They're reasonably light and still feel good after a long slow run. I've run up to marathon distance in them, but never actually raced in them.  That includes some marathon distance runs with long race pace intervals.  I have a couple of friends who race half and full marathon races in them and swear by them.  They do feel relatively light and fast, but I've never really tried them in a race.

Most of my fast stuff (including marathons) in recent years has been in Saucony Breakthrus.  Unfortunately they're been discontinued (so I'm on the lookout for a new shoe for fast training / races).  I've got a pair of New Balance 1400s in the cupboard when my Breakthrus retire.  I'm also thinking of trying some Saucony Kinvaras as someone described them as lighter Breakthrus with a smaller drop.

I've toyed with the Saucony Rides as a long run / recovery shoe.  I originally tried them out before I discovered the Nike Pegasus a couple of years ago.  I bought another pair recently (they were on special at a price too good to pass up) but found they feel a little clunky in how they transition to toe off.  They also sound louder when they strike the ground.  I tend to be a mid foot striker, it may be different for others.

I have found that the Saucony shoes I've trie fit a bit tighter than other brands, but after a few runs they loosen up.  You may want to try them on to make sure they fit properly rather than just buying them online unseen.

I've tried Brooks Ghosts a while back (they were my preferred shoe before the Pegasus).  They seemed heavier than the Pegasus and I found they didn't move as freely (like they were trying to restrict / support my foit in a way that wasn't natural).  That could just be me.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 06:25 AM

Been running PB's In  Saucony Ride V2's so that's a bit convincing for moi.

Plan to include Brooks Levitate 2 into my rotation, altho' I do recognise they are a tad heavy.

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 05:33 PM

Thanks guys for your responses. When I was much faster than today (8 years ago) I ran in Kinvaras, I think they were the second version. I also ran in Brooks ST5 (still have them in the cupboard!)

Maybe I should try something from those 2 brands again.  I'm not familiar with the Ride or the Levitate so will read up on them.

Edited by MarkC77, 07 September 2019 - 05:34 PM.


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 05:52 PM

I just checked.  My pair of Saucony Ride are the ISO, not the ISO v2.  Maybe they've changed slightly in the version you have RiffRaff.

I find it ironic that some shoes called "levitate" seem a bit heavy ��

I find solereview.com do thorough reviews MarkC77.

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Posted 11 September 2019 - 05:29 AM

View PostMarkC77, on 06 September 2019 - 01:46 PM, said:

Also I've never had a pair of Pegasus before and I know these are very popular too.
I prefer neutral lighter shoes.


Have you been to get assessed at a specialist shop?

I just buy whatever is on sale, so have tried plenty of brands.  Currently first pair of Asics, Cumulus - not bad, but did get some blisters on toes.

But keeping coming back to Nike as my favourite.  Just bought my second pair of Pegasus 34 (they're cheap cause they're up to 36 now), after a few pairs of Lunarglide as have found Nike have the least issues.

Edited by Maton12, 11 September 2019 - 05:30 AM.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:06 AM

I need to buy a new pair of Saucony Kinvaras.  (have had multiples of versions  5,6,7, 8 8)

my go to shoes at the moment are - Nike zoom fly and Nike Pegasus Turbo, both are ok as trainers. Zoom fly no good in wet, but pretty good on asphalt.
Also have Adidas Adios 4.

Never had New Balance so cant comment there.

My next shoes will probably be Kinvaras + a new pair of Zoom flys

Edited by DrinksRunner, 13 September 2019 - 10:06 AM.


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Posted 16 September 2019 - 06:13 PM

View PostMaton12, on 11 September 2019 - 05:29 AM, said:

View PostMarkC77, on 06 September 2019 - 01:46 PM, said:

Also I've never had a pair of Pegasus before and I know these are very popular too.
I prefer neutral lighter shoes.


Have you been to get assessed at a specialist shop?



My lunartempo were based off an analysis performed at the running company

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 06:16 PM

My Lunartempos have got one short run left in them and then they're done.
I'm finding my NB Zante V1 to be really good so far. I'm up to 8km and they feel great.
I'm enjoying the Nike Epics too but I think I prefer a proper tongue.

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 12:03 AM

My two pairs of Nike Pegasus 35s are still going well and they are a versatile daily trainers.
My shoes purchases in 2019 have been Nike Epic React Flyknit 2, Nike Epic Phantom React and Nike Vomero 14.
My Nike Epics are casual shoes. Nike Vomero 14s are a more cushioned version of the Nike Pegasus.

Shoes on my to buy list for the new year are Nike Pegasus Turbo 2,  Nike Vomero 15 and Pegasus 37.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 10:45 AM

View PostSub17ParkRun, on 18 September 2019 - 12:03 AM, said:

My two pairs of Nike Pegasus 35s are still going well and they are a versatile daily trainers.
My shoes purchases in 2019 have been Nike Epic React Flyknit 2, Nike Epic Phantom React and Nike Vomero 14.
My Nike Epics are casual shoes. Nike Vomero 14s are a more cushioned version of the Nike Pegasus.

Shoes on my to buy list for the new year are Nike Pegasus Turbo 2,  Nike Vomero 15 and Pegasus 37.

Interesting, not a fan of the Reacts for running?
I guess you don't like Nike ;)

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Posted 23 September 2019 - 01:40 PM

I over pronate just a little. Wrong shoes cause me significant GRIEF during my first  race or a second time  taking over 8 months to show up issues in hips or even groin or abdomen. What fits me our others is not necessarily the right shoe for distance running for you or I. My tip is the Running Shop in Clifton Hill with your current shoes.     You may need a booking.

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Posted 26 September 2019 - 12:25 AM

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