Saturday, 7 March 2009
SPIRA, FIRST ROAD TEST, 12.23 MILES AT 6.22 PACE
First the amazing delivery service, I ordered the SPIRA STINGER COMPETITION shoe at 8.00am yesterday and they arrived this morning at 8.00am, wow that just 24 hours!
Now the test you have all been waiting for, I kind of felt excited [ like a kid at Christmas] as I took them out of the box, the red and white colour reminded me of a pair of beach shoes I once owned many years ago! Putting them on they felt very comfy, the fit is very close to Nike shoes, walking around in them felt quite springy, but maybe I was expecting to be able to bounce around like Zebedee [ as in the magic roundabout] not so!
Having just finished working the night shift I headed to bed for 3 hours excited about the prospect of running in them later in the day, would they be a winner or a dead duck!
Heading out onto the road I still felt half a sleep and not really looking forward to the planned 10 mile tempo run, runners world told me to run it at 6.29 pace! The wind was almost blowing a gale not the best day for a hard run!
Setting off into the teeth of the headwind , The shoes made a strange sound each time they hit the ground like little air brakes of a lorry going off! I could feel the return of energy helping me stride out a little further than normal but nothing very dramatic so to speak!
Over the Trafalgar rd hill and then on to Ainsdale, over the level crossing and up the shore rd hill, at this point I was on 9.3 mph average, up 0.1 mph on my target. Turning onto the coast rd my speed picked up as I had the wind on my back, the shoes still felt comfy, no problems.
Coming off the coast rd I then headed onto my second shorter lap, hitting the headwind once again, I was feeling ok and once I got to Hillside station I started on my journey home.
The wind was behind me now and I bounced down the rd at over 10 mph, the shoes seemed to feel better the further I ran and I was enjoying myself now! I was almost home with 10 miles showing on the Garmin but I decided to carry on running a half mile block close to home, I kept going until I reached 12 miles, my average pace was just over 6 seconds per mile slower than the 82 minute half marathon I ran in November, pretty good taking into account this was just a training run and as THOMAS found out its hard to hold race pace for an extended tempo run!
I ran a similar 14 mile route last summer as a time trial and averaged 6.32 pace today I averaged 6.22, was it the shoes that made me faster! maybe, but I need to do some comparison tests with other shoes, say over a mile at a set heart rate to find out.
Anyway for now I will just say I'm impressed with the shoes!
12.23 miles at 6.22 pace, 9.4 mph = 1.17.53