I got a special delivery today!!!!
Yaktrax were kind enough (aka awesome enough to offer a free pair of Yaktrax for me to review. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for me, today the snow and ice are gone. There isn't much reason to be concerned, I live in Chicago. We will have more snow and ice ... probably by the time I wake up tomorrow morning.
They sent a couple of extra treats in the package:
Two pair of insoles, one "Athlete" and one "Airr", made by Sofsole (both Yaktrax and Sofsole have the same parent company, Implus Footcare). I have to admit, I was a bit confused as to what to do with them. I did some searching online as to the role of inserts in running and why I should (or even if I could) use them.
From what I can understand, a typical running shoe insole (most often called a "sockliner") is built to conform to the foot and offers little-to-no support. The primary goal of a cushioned insole, like the Sofsole ones, is to absorb shock. I didnt think I needed to "absorb shock" but found most sources suggesting that its this shock that not only causes foot pain (which I dont have) but also knee pain and other ailments.
I gave the "Athlete" version a shot for a 3-miler tonight. Overall, the insoles made my shoes feel like they were new again. I'm thinking that is a good thing. On the other hand, my right foot felt like it was slipping out of my shoe. I think the insole is a bit thick for my curret shoe. I was wearing pretty thin socks, so this wouldnt have been an issue (and wearing thin socks wouldnt be a solution either). I had a pretty good run - I felt good and my legs felt strong. Was it the insert or 1/2 dozen cookies I ate today, I am not sure ;) I'm gonna do my next run without the inserts, then do another one with them. Its hard to compare without doing my testing back to back. But, I'm going to put a few more miles on them and then provide a more detailed review in the future.
Look for a review on the "Airr" version and YakTrax in the near future as well
Time:30:39   Distance:3.16mi   Pace:9:42
Did a PM run tonight, sinced I wussed out on the AM run this morning. The training schedule suggests I do more time than I did (I think 45 was recommended) but it was 7:15 by the time I left and I had a pork roast in the oven. Sure, my husband was home. But its a bit scary leaving your spouse to tend over a pork roast, you know what I mean?
The first mile I went out a little too fast for my own good. Perhaps it was the fancy new inserts that made me feel like I was running on a pair of new kicks. I slowed down a bit the second mile, and for the third mile I hit every-single-stoplight. So though I think mile three was still slower than mile two (which was slower than mile one) it wasnt that slow ;) So I rocked the positve splits tonight. Oh well, I felt good and finished my run before the roast was done. (On an additional note, hubby did an execellent job with the roast and it was delicious)