Returning to my roots, I bought the New Balance 890v4 shoes. I've always been a NB fan, Assembled in USA of Imported Materials and all. That's a close to Made in USA as I think I can get. My first pair of running shoes was a pair of NB shoes that I brought to Army basic training. They served me well and I stuck with NB until I bought some Cumulus 12s. I think those shoes finally got thrown away after doing duty as lawn mowing attire. I also like the fact that they don't use multi-million dollar salary athletes in their advertising. The 890v4 is my lightest shoes so far. I've only run in them once so far but they seem as though they'll work out well. I didn't run any faster though. I've still got some training to do. Unlike my pair of Nikes which never felt comfortable on my right foot (Catching Up!). I finally took a razor and shaved the arch on the insole this week. I think that did the trick - no more blisters.
The NB 890v4 shoes in size 8.5 US weigh only 8 3/8 oz. That's pretty light. Especially as compared to the Pegasus' at 10 1/2 oz and the Cumulus 13s at 11 3/4 oz. I weighed my Cumulus 13s when I bought my Nikes. My Cumulus 14s that I now wear weigh 11 1/8 oz. As compared to the Asics 13s or 14s and the Nikes, the New Balance 890v4 shoes are significantly lighter. Maybe it will translate into faster race times.
|(l-r) The NB 890v4, Nike Pegasus 28, and Asics Cumulus 14 shoes side-by-side|
|The Asics Cumulus 14 shoe on the digital scale - 11 1/8 oz.|
|The New Balance 890v4 shoe on the digital scale - 8 3/8 oz.|
I'll add that the shoelaces on the 890v4 shoes are also noticeably lighter than on my other shoes. Of course the color is awesome too. They match my club kits.
In summary, the New Balance 890v4 shoes are light, comfortable, and good looking. What more could I ask for? Oh, they could be cheap, but they're not. I paid $109.99 US (not including tax) at Big Peach Running Company for my shoes.
So, my 15K Training Plan is done and I have a new pair of shoes. It should be a fun summer.
Thanks for reading.