Not long after I wrote my post on the Saucony Kinvara, I transitioned to them full time. I said in that post that I would not give up my Ride’s anytime soon, and to be honest I did not think I was going to.
*The Kinvara’s are awesome in my opinion but they are not going to make me magically faster. I won’t be throwing out my Saucony Ride’s any time soon.*
The more I ran in the Kinvara the better they felt and the less I wanted to run in the Ride. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the Ride, but it is just not the shoe for me anymore.
After a year of running in the Kinvara I slowly upped the amount of weekly runs in them. The longest run I have now gone in them is 24.2. It felt great. I’m on my second pair of the summer and just broke out my 3rd pair to get some miles on them before Columbus Marathon. I normally race in the Saucony A4’s but wanted to mix things up for this marathon.
I started to feel some arch pain because I have VERY high arches and find that in just about every running shoe I have ever run in, I need more arch support than the insert provides. I put a rigid insert in them called Super Feet.
If you are thinking about transitioning to a minimalist shoe the Kinvara is a good first step. You do not want to run every day in them right away. The heel to toe ratio is very different than in regular running shoes and can place stress on underdeveloped muscles.
Note: If you are not neutral these types of shoes will effect you even more than a person who runs neutral naturally.
If you want to read more on making the transition check out this good article from Runner’s World.
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