New Balance 1080v9 Shoe Review

New Balance 1080v9 Shoe Review

The New Balance 1080v8 was the first New Balance shoe I fell in love with. It’s high cushioned, with a nice roomy toe box.  I  got through the bulk of NYCM training in them and was sad to finally retire the pair. Naturally, I was excited when the New Balance 1080v9 came out. I knew I would probably like it just as much, spoiler I did.

New Balance 1080v9

Weight: Men’s 11.1 oz | Women’s 9.9 oz
Drop: 8 mm 

Fit:

The major update for the 1080v9 comes with the upper.  The upper for the 1080v9 is much more simple. New Balance removed the conventional mesh with many overlays, seams, and plastic for an engineered jacquard mesh.  The jacquard mesh or fancy mesh has no seams or overlay.  In all, version 9 is much sleeker.

New Balance 1080v9

Included in the fit, was the removal of the bulky tongue as well as a molded 3D heel design.  The premise is to lock your heal into place.  I think it fits my foot well, but working in run specialty, I’ve had a few people that don’t care for how it hits their ankle. I’ve run over 100 miles in the shoes, and haven’t had any issues.  Typically I wear a 10-11 wide, and the 10.5 regular width is fine.

A great feature of the shoe, is the logo “N” is reflective.

New Balance 1080v9

Ride:

The update also includes the removal of about an ounce of weight. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, it makes a huge difference in how you feel while running in the shoe.  The lighter weight V9 now feels softer in the midsole, and there is more cushion and response at the forefront.

New Balance 1080v9

With plenty of cushion, it’s a great option for easy days, recovery days, or just daily runs. For me personally, it fits best on any of the 3.  The traction is there so when we had a snow storm a few days ago, I was able to run without feeling like I’m sliding around.  If you have liked the 1080 in the past, you will like it for version 9. If you have never run in the New Balance 1080 and are looking for a high cushioned trainer, the 1080v9 is a great fit.  Even though it’s high cushion, it doesn’t lack the response of a lighter weight trainer.

New Balance 1080v9

Recent Shoe Reviews:

Daily Rotation: Brooks Glycerin 16, Saucony Triumph 5, On Cloudace
Workouts: Nike LT Streak (speed), Hoka Cavu 2 (long run tempos)
Races: Nike LT Streak, Nike Zoom Fly

You Can See All Shoe Reviews Here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite running shoe?
Have you run in New Balance before? 

 

Training Log: Snow Squalls and Treadmills

Training Log: Snow Squalls and Treadmills

Last week, was mentally challenging but I got everything I wanted too (as far as training goes).  There were a few days that weather made it challenging, but I got it done.

Monday: Easy 60 minutes
Tuesday: Easy 60 minutes/Upper Body strength
Wednesday: 5X1000 averaging 6:40 pace, 90 seconds rest (total miles 10)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 60 minutes easy
Saturday: 60 minutes easy
Sunday: 14 miles progressive with 4 under 7 mins/core

Thoughts:

Easy runs were just that, easy. Both Friday and Saturday were done on the treadmill due to safety.  Friday was cold, and I could have run outside but did I want to run outside? No. Saturday, I didn’t trust the black ice situation on the road and ran inside as well.  I wanted to race on Saturday but the race was postponed because of slick roads.

Workout Wednesday:

This was the workout that almost didn’t happen. Most people know I am a morning workout person and if it doesn’t happen before 10 am, it doesn’t happen at all. That wouldn’t work for me, so I started the workout at 1 pm. It was around 22 degrees.  It was extremely windy, and somewhere in there, we got a “snow squall” which I wasn’t expecting. Nothing stuck, and it was over as quick as it started. I feel proud I got the workout done, but do I think it was the most productive workout ever? No.

Sunday Long Run: 14 miles progressive with 4 under 7 mins:

Sunday’s long run was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. I felt like I was able to get a good rhythm in my run. Plus, the weather was finally decent which helped. I’m hoping I can build upon that and get back

I’ve wanted to get back into strength and core for a while, so I’m trying to start adding it back into my routine.  I wrote about strength workouts I did a very long time ago, but nothing much has changed for me.  I prefer quick and easy.

Thoughts, I’m proud of this week and adding core and strength into my routine. It’s one tiny step in the right direction.

Posts from the Week:

Questions for you:

What is your favorite core or strength move?

How cold has it been where you live?

January Training

January Training

January and February always feel like the longest months to me. Thankfully, one down and the shorter one to go. I’ve been open with training, and while I’m running, doing workouts, and occasionally racing, I’m not chasing PRs and not in any peak shape.  I haven’t been able to be as consistent as I would like. That’s okay!  I’m not upset about it. We can’t always be in the best shape ever and always chasing PRs.

Miles Run: About 200
Range of Paces: 6:17-11:30-untimed
Rest Days: 6
Races:
Resolution Run 5k (19:44)
Carlsbad Half Marathon (1:29.44)
Workouts: 6

Thoughts:

January wasn’t a bad month, just busy.  In the last few years, I’ve come to realize I appreciate a nice vacation in January or February. I don’t love winter and like getting somewhere warmer.

The first half of the month wasn’t bad weather wise. The cold weather was there but it’s been much colder the second half. I’ll run outdoors in 15 degrees but the single digit temperatures usually have me inside.

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Sun and easy run. 🌞🏃‍♀️

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For our vacation, this year we decided to go back to California. Instead of staying near San Diego, we drove up 101 and to San Francisco. We hiked so many different spots and saw plenty of new locations and places.

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Hiked so high, almost touched the sky.

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We added the Carlsbad half marathon in there too. I knew I wasn’t in the “best shape” ever but wanted to give the race my all. Dehydration ultimately got to me, but I was happy to log a 1:29.44.

Other than that, training has been grinding when I can. In February, I would like up my miles and log more quality sessions and progress towards getting back into shape. I’m also going to reintroduce some weights, planks, and body weight exercises into my routine. It’s been so long since I’ve made an effort there.

I’m looking forward to hopefully increasing fitness in February. I know I have a long way to go but I can’t wait to finally get back at it.

Posts from the month:

2018 in Blogging
2018 in Running

Running: 

Tips to get Your Workout Done Early
A History with Injuries
One Year with Collagen
Why Train for Shorter Distances?
Don’t Just Survive Running in Winter Months…Enjoy Them
Tips to Get Your Workout Done Early

Shoe Reviews:

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review
Nike Streak Lt 4 Shoe Review
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 Shoe Review

Hiking:

Walking the Manasquan Reservoir
Hiking Calavera Hills Community Park
Hiking to the Headley Overlook at Mahlon Dickerson

Whoa ,I had more posts than I anticipated!  I guess I blogged a lot.

Questions for you:

How was your month of January?

What is your favorite month of the year? 

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review

Right now, Brooks is the top brand in run specialty. Since they only make running and walking shoes, they do a good job. The Brooks Richochet is a new shoe from Brooks. Similar to the Brooks Levitate 2, it uses DNA AMP. It’s much more responsive than both the Brooks Ghost or Brooks Glycerin. Just because you like the softer Ghost or Glycerin, doesn’t mean you’ll like the firmer Richochet or Levitate. In fact, most people prefer one or the other.

It’s lighter with less cushion than the Levitate 2, but still a lot of cushioning. Personally, I’ve thought the Levirate 2 feels like a bulky shoe. Generally, I like bulkier shoes, but the Levitate 2 has always just felt like a brick. I was excited to hear Brooks made a lighter version of the Levitate.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review

Fit:

The fit of the Ricochet is interesting. It fits similar to the Levitate with an almost sock-like fit that comes up higher than a traditional shoe. It’s seamless and has plenty of space for those (like me!) with a wider forefront. I typically wear between a size 10-11 wide, and the 10.5 fits fine.

Diving more into the upper, the higher sock-like fit was created to keep “the foot more secure” as well as not allowing dirt in. I’m not a fan of it in any shoe or brand that does this (unless it’s a trail boot) and would prefer a traditional upper. It does take time to get used too.  It is seamless and doesn’t rub, so that is a plus. Do I feel more secure with the higher upper? No.

Ride:

The Richoet is different than most of the Brooks line.  It has a layer of DNA AMP to provide the maximum of amount of energy return.  There is also a layer of DNA foam to cut down on weight (Which is why the Levitate is so heavy).

As Brooks says, this design is supposed to provide flexibility between the two layers of cushion while also being responsive.

Brooks Ricochet Shoe Review

While running, I could feel how responsive the shoe was. I appreciate how firm and responsive the shoe is without being overly heavy or bulky. While I don’t think it would be the best speed work shoe, I think it’s a much “faster” shoe than most of their neutral shoes.

Something to note, which I’ve been finding more and more with several models across brands, is the lack is traction.  During rainy or slick days, the Richochet does not grip the found like many other shoes. I save them for dry days or the treadmill.

Conclusion:

I think the Richoet is a good shoe from Brooks for someone looking for a firmer and more responsive shoe from the Glycerin or Ghost. It’s also a good shoe for someone who likes the Levitate but wants a lighter shoe. Would I personally choose it over the Ghost or Glycerin? No, but I prefer a softer shoe.

From Brooks, I’m team DNA forever. I think the Ricochet could use tune-ups from the upper to just the overall weight, but typically most new shoes need some help. I’ll continue to use the shoe for workouts and occasionally for daily runs, but I still prefer the Glycerin or Ghost.

Shoe Rotation:

Daily Runs: Brooks Glycerin, Hoka Cavu, New Balance 1080,  Saucony Triumph

Workouts: Nike Fly, Brooks Richochet

Races: Nike Streak LT, Nike Fly

Questions for you:

What is your current favorite shoe?

Do you prefer a heavy or light shoe? 

Training: Turning Over a New Leaf

Training: Turning Over a New Leaf

Another week of running down. I’ve struggled with calling it training.

Am I running? Yes.

Am I training for a race? No.

Have I done workouts? Yes.

Have I been inconsistent, often taking multiple days off a week? Yes.

Of course, I want to get back into shape and run fast again but the last few months have just been busy.  With the end of January, I think things will simmer down and I’ll able to regroup and refocus for what I want to train for.

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Sun and easy run. 🌞🏃‍♀️

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Anyway, vacation last week made it easy to get out and run.  In California, it was warmer, and I didn’t any extra things pulling me in different directions.  Between car rides and site seeing, we hiked a lot.  It was a nice break.

Monday: 30-minute run/Hike Reservoir (2 steep miles)
Tuesday: 9-mile hike in Merin Headlands
Wednesday: 50-minute run/Purisima Creek Redwood Hike
Thursday: OFF
Friday: Easy 45 minutes run
Saturday: Easy 6-mile run
Sunday: 14 mile run, with 7 at 7:15 pace.

Thoughts:

This was a lot of hiking and steep climbing. Hiking on the West Coast is different than the East. Most of the trails are runnable so you can always move faster.  It might be higher elevation, but less rocky. East Coast Trails are much more rocky with more scrambling.

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Hiked so high, almost touched the sky.

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My running last week was fine. I was recovering from a hard effort from the Carlsbad Half. I raved as hard as I could for the day, which was a 1:29.47. It’s not near my PR, and I don’t feel like it took me that long to recover, which was nice, because I wasn’t that sore walking and hiking along the West Coast.

Over the weekend, I slept in until 7:30. Since I work in a run specialty store, I work on weekends. Saturday, especially it meant I didn’t have enough time to do a speed workout.  I almost didn’t run at all but squeezed in a 6-mile run.  I’m proud of myself for doing that and making the best of it. I don’t typically set alarms (waking up at 5 is usually not an issue), and once every few months I sleep in later than I should.  I don’t stress about it, because it just means my body needed more sleep.

Sunday:  14 miles with at 7:15

This entire run felt like a struggle. I started off easy, and as like progressed in pace down to 7:30 I felt like I was sprinting. After a few miles, it felt somewhat easier but it never felt easy.  I have a lot of work to do with long runs and it seems moons ago, that I was able to progress under 7-minute pace.

In all, this week was great. Vacation running and hiking was awesome and I feel like it was nice to be away.

Posts from the Week: 

Carlsbad Half Marathon (1:29.47)

Walking the Manasquan Reservoir

Questions for you:

Do you like hiking? Where is your favorite spot?

Where has been your favorite spot to vacation too?

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