There are many factors that have to come together for a successful marathon. Out of the 17 I’ve run I have made the most right decisions on 3 of them, B & A Trail Marathon 2010, Potomac River Run Marathon 2011 and Columbus Marathon 2011. It is no surprise that these 3 races happen to be my fastest marathons.

One of the main best decisions I made on those days was my choice of footwear.

For B & A Trail Marathon 2010 I wore my Saucony A3’s, it was my first time running a marathon in a racing flat. I felt fast because I felt like I looked fast. Up until this point I had only worn these shoes in races of shorter distances and during track workouts. When I put these shoes on my mind said MOVE and MOVE FAST. Mentally I needed to wear these shoes during B & A because I was attempting to go under 3:30 and knew that seconds could matter. Thinking I was fast could possibly make me run faster. My legs felt great during the race. The next day they were very sore but I felt the soreness was worth the time on the clock.

Potomac River Run Marathon 2011 was run completely on the C & O Canal. This surface is packed dirt in places and small pebbles and rocks in other places. I knew I needed more between my feet and the ground for this race, so chose to wear a new pair of the Saucony Ride. The Ride’s at 10 ounces, felt much heaver, but prevented any mid race soreness from the rocks. It was the perfect choice for the day. At the time I was still working in to the Kinvara slowly because of the different heel to toe ratio compared to the Ride and A3/A4 – so it was not a consideration for this race

This summer I ran in the Kinvara 2’s more and finally was able to wear them confidently on long runs(meaning I didn’t think I was going to injure myself). This is when the debate for my fall marathon began. Run in the A4’s or Kinvara 2? Which shoe would help me feel fast mentally, but also help my body feel good in the late miles.

The A4’s[the newer version of the Saucony A3’s] at 5.8 ounces are lighter than the Kinvara’s at 6.7 ounces.

I wore either the Kinvara’s, the Grid Shadow Genesis, or the Cortana’s on my long runs this summer, and felt that my legs recovered quickly. Something inside told me that I should wear either the Kinvara or the Genesis for this marathon. I went with the Kinvara and wasn’t disappointed!

The Kinvara was light, but not too light. I felt like my feet had a little extra padding beneath them and moved better over 26.2 than they did in the A4’s. I still love the A4’s and will mostly likely keep on racing in them for shorter distances, but for now the Kinvara is my new marathon racing shoe.

If I had a dollar for every person I say wearing the Kinvara on Sunday I’d have a lot more money. I guess everyone else was thinking the same thing I was!

What shoe do you race in? Do you wear the Kinvara? Love it?


  1. I recently got a pair of Kinvaras. I haven't run in them much at all yet. And after seeing what a heavy, herky-jerky stride I had in the late going of my half-marathon last weekend, I think I'll be just racing in my training shoes (ProGrid3) until my running resembles that gazelle I imagine myself to be :)

    Congrats again, you lightning bolt!

  2. thethinksicanthink says:

    Up until about a month ago, I'd always raced and trained in the same shoe! I now train in Nike Lunar Elites and I have a pair of NB 1400s for races, which I am probably going to wear from the NYCM.

  3. Nicole Wagner Makeup says:

    I just got the kinvaras. So far I have only run a 10K in them. my foot hurt quite a bit after. debating to wear them or my brook launches for my half next week. tough call.

  4. Mike @ justalittlerun says:

    I have three pair of Kinvaras and love them. Wear them for every run and ran the San Francisco Marathon in them this year (my 1st) and felt great with a 3:49. Congrats again on your marathon, it was an amazing performance!

  5. I run and race in Saucony Ride 3 – they seem to work pretty well for me, but I am always open to trying something that might make me feel faster 😉

  6. Jerilee E. says:

    I have done my last 3 races (2 halves, one full) in the Kinvaras! I love them and plan to keep using them for races. I do long runs in the Cortanas.

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