Welcome to the ever evolving world of the running shoe. In April, the day after the Boston Marathon, I hobbled and moaned my way to the science museum where where I saw this:
It’s an exhibit showcasing the running shoe since running was invented. Or at least since there were races and running enthusiasts and people started caring about what they wore on their feet. I’m sure the cavemen had some pretty sweet stability shoes, but no cameras were around back then to document.
My kids kept trying to pull me away from this exhibit to watch some animal giving birth, but I was fascinated!! Like Donny Osmond, the running shoe keeps evolving!
So, on that note….
Saucony is coming out with some new geometry for their latest models. The Guide 5, Triumph 9 and Hurricane 14 will have a new heel- to-toe offset of 8mm.
What’s the fuss about 8mm anyway? Isn’t this just a gimmick? NO.
This new geometry puts every runner in a more balanced, comfortable and powerful position without reducing cushioning or stability. Also, runners can more easily adjust their stride to a midfoot strike, aligning the lower body to absorb impact. Through extensive testing of different heel to forefoot offsets, Saucony was able to find what they believe is the best geometry for their most popular models. It is a significant development for the running community, as typical running shoes have had 10-12mm drops for the last 20 years.
Hey, heel strikers! We should form a support group. Looks like we could become extinct. Heel Strikers Anonymous (HSA).
Lots more good info in this video if you don’t like to or cannot read:
These shoes will not be in stores until November, but you can get a pair now. Saucony is giving away a pair of either their Guide 5s or their Triumph 9s to one winner. A $130 value!
Guide 5 – Saucony’s most popular shoe just got 1.5 oz. lighter, more flexible, and the 8mm heel-toe offset allows for a lower impact stride without compromising stability or cushion.
To enter, leave a comment for each:
- What shoe do you currently run in?
- Blog, twat, FB about this giveaway
- Follow this here blog if you feel like it
- Which shoe do you want if you win?
If your comments don’t link to a blog where I can find you, leave an email address or no winnings for you. Giveaway ends on Monday 10/23 when a random winner will be chosen (or stuff an envelope of Benjamins in my locker and we’ll see what we can do. JK).
For another chance to win, go enter the contest that Saucony is having on Facebook! Click HERE.
Fine print: Saucony provided the item for the giveaway. I paid nothing for it.
PS: The winner of the Pop Chips giveaway is Jessica from I Run, Therefore I Am. Congrats Jessica!