It's not very fair to offer a review of these shoes as I've barely put 20 miles on them. But, here we go! I'll keep it limited - just like my experience with them.
The superficial and unimportant: They're green! I love the color. I think they make my feet look big, though. Also, they are a little loose around the heel, but using the extra eyelets with a heel lock lacing pattern, that's not an issue.
The more important (the fit): So... the intriguing forward fulcrum. First of all, it did not radically alter my footstrike. I am a heel striker, in or out of these shoes. It did rock me forward, almost imperceptibly. After about half a mile, I got into a groove and they felt really neat - sorry for my inability to articulate this, but it was almost like I was floating. I would land on my heels but then be immediately pushed off onto my toes and onto the next stride. I made a mistake, wearing them for their first outside run on city streets with lots of stop and go. Almost as soon as I would get into a groove of floating, I'd have to stop for a distracted bike messenger or a stoplight.
Also, they are NOT in the barefoot vein, either. There was one point during the 5k when I was nearing exhaustion and I thought to myself, "My feet are doing no work." The shoe was propelling me forward and my foot muscles were barely engaging. Again, hard to explain, but this felt like a good thing (at the time).
I'm not sure how they'll work in the long term, and with even a hint of knee pain still lingering, I'm not keen to stick with a shoe that might not be a good fit. In the short term? I'm curious to keep trying them. My Asics felt heavy in comparison when I went back to them.
The unexpected: I noticed something unusual while wearing them, something I'm going to pay attention to. It seems that when I run my right foot points out at a slight angle. I'm duck-footed. It's subtle; I'm not surprised that no one's every pointed it out after a gait analysis in a running store. I'd never noticed this before, and honestly I may never have noticed it at all if my shoes weren't attention-getting green. But it makes me wonder: could this be related to my (right) knee pain?
PS: Because, as we've already established, I'm addicted to the Times, here's a sad article for you: the obituary for Alan Sillitoe, author of "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner."
MY QUEST TO QUALIFY NOT JUST FOR THE OLYMPIC TRIALS BUT FOR THE 2016 OLYMPICS IN THE MARATHON (to do this I will need to halve my marathon time)
On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Shoe Review: the new Karhus
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