When I was up in Utah over the weekend, I went to Runner's Corner and wore out the sales guy trying on all kinds of shoes in search of the perfect running shoe for me. I really thought I would walk away with another pair of Kinivaras for the road and Altras for the trails. I ended up going with New Balance 1400v6 for the roads and I wore them this morning and really liked them. They have a 10 mm drop instead of the 4 mm the Kinivara has, yet I feel like they are more responsive with just a little less cushion and a nice wide toe box. Hopefully the higher drop will help me with all the calf issues I've had lately. For my trail shoes I went with the Hoka Torrent. I've never liked any Hoka I've tried on before, too narrow in the toe box and way too squishy feeling. These are totally differnt with a more responsive feel and a lager toe box. I look forward to taking them out on the trails for a spin once all the scorpion weed dies out there.
Today I did a 14 mile run. I ran the first 5 1/2 miles uphill at a comfortable pace. I then ran 6 1/2 miles downhill, the first 5 at mp then I pushed the last 1 1/2 miles running them around 6:10 pace. I then finished with a 2 mile cool down back uphill. I was happy with how well the run went. I need to work on my feel for mp. I was about 10 seconds per mile too fast, but for my first fast finish long run of the training cycle, I'll take it.