Bib # 7519
Chip time – 55:01.3
Pace – 5:31
Category place – 13/86
Gender place – 40/506
Overall place – 111/743
I am late to post my race report for the Niagara Falls International Marathon 10K but as they say, better late than never. This race was on October 27, 2013 in Niagara Falls. It was one week following the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon, my first half marathon. You can read all about it here.
This race was two fold for my husband and I. We used it as a weekend get away, a sort of anniversary get away (our anniversary is actually today) and then also for the race itself. It was our first get away with out the kids since they were born. We were lucky enough to get a hotel booking at the Ramada – 2 nights for a total of $99! Not $99 per night, $99 total! Score!
Friday we arrived and relaxed. Saturday we went out for a quick shake out run, about 3km. It was super windy and I found the run a bit hard. I did after all just run a half marathon. At the end of this run we grabbed a coffee and headed to the expo. I enjoyed the expo. Right away I bought 2 bras by Moving Comfort. They were on sale for $30 each, regular $60. I got the Juno and the Jubralee. I have since run with both bras and really like them both. I highly recommend theses bras for the well endowed woman. I have 4 total (including the Rebound Racer and Fiona) and all 4 are great. We got our bibs and race shirts and were surprised that all distances were getting the long sleeve tech shirts. These ones were from Brooks. They were red for the women and black for the men. Very nice. We even met John Stanton. He was a very nice man and very humble. He signed our race bibs. We then headed back to the hotel to get ready for our shopping trip across the border.
The race started at 9am. Our hotel was fairly close to the start but we still wanted to be there at least 30 minute early. My husband had already decided he was not going to race this race and instead would pace me. My PB for 10K was 56:22 that I got just a month earlier at the MEC race (report here.) My husband thought we would aim for 54:xx and I thought that was ambitious. Remember I just ran a half marathon the week before :) Honestly I would be very pleased if I could beat my last 10km especially since I am still dealing with IT band issues. We got to the start and it was cold! The weather this time of year is always so tricky to dress for as the temperatures just jump all over the place.
The race got on it’s way and I knew at the very least I did not want to go slower than a 5:30 pace to get a time of 55:00. We actually stayed around 5:14 for the first half and then I just had to slow down. I was so tired for this race. The course was a nice course. Nice and flat. It ended with about a whole kilometer downhill to the finish. I tried to pick up the pace but I just kept saying to my husband that I could not go any faster. My intentions were not to race this race but just run it since I did the half. Turns out I ended up racing it and it was just hard. Exhausting. But I did it. I was able to shave a whole 1:21 off my previous 10km and got a new PB of 55:01. I am not going to lie though, I was a little disappointed that it was not 54:xx – so close but I was also very happy to even get that time.
After crossing the finish we got pictures done (lot of photographers on this course – they used Marathonfoto) and grabbed our food (good variety). We then went and enjoyed a free massage. It was cold though and now that we were cooling down and right by the falls we decided to head back to the hotel and have some breakfast. We made the mistake of going to iHop for breakfast. The food was ok and the prices were outrageous. The cost of our breakfast was half the cost of our hotel stay. Robbery!!
Overall we really enjoyed this race. The whole weekend. We also had a friend doing the half and another doing the full (which starts in the US and you run across the border into Canada) who both really enjoyed the race as well. It was well organized, good food at the finish, great aid stations and cheering squads, nice shirt and a nice course and free massages. We will definitely be coming back to do this race again in the future. We have even talked about making it a yearly thing.
Bib # 12299
Chip time – 2:08:32
Pace – 6:06
Category place – 370/778
Gender place – 2,495/5,376
Overall place – 5,872/10,074
I decided to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon just short of 2 months before race day. I had been following the half marathon training program found in John Stanton’s book. Things were going really well. I was getting faster and feeling stronger and I adjusted my goals accordingly. When I decided to run the half my first goal was to complete it in 2:30. That quickly changed to 2:15. I got to even thinking that I could finish in close to 2 hours. Then at the end of September I had an off tempo run and the next day I started to experience pain in my knee when I went down stairs. I thought I had twisted my knee. The pain never went away and after talking to people and reading and a visit to my chiropractor I found out the pain was actually caused by my IT band. It was really really tight. It really threw a wrench in my training. It stopped me from doing runs including a long run and speed work and I was feeling really upset that after all the work I put in I might not be able to run the race. I spent the next month getting A.R.T., acupuncture and physiotherapy. Along with this I tried to do my training runs and foam rolled, stretched and iced often. I did everything I could and did everything right so I just prayed that I could make it through the race.
Race kits were not available for pick up on race day, you had to get your kit at the Runner’s Expo held at the Direct Energy Centre. Pick up was pretty smooth and I was also picking up my friends kit which I did without issues. After picking up the kits I spent some time looking through the expo. Things were mostly regular prices, not too many deals to be had. I was able to pick up a sports bra for almost half price. I also grabbed some KT Tape because if you bought the tape then they would tape you up at the booth (with their tape, not yours) and I really wanted to get my IT band taped. When I left the expo I was taped up, bought a few things and got a bunch of free samples of various protein bars. At home I was sure to get everything ready the night before. I got everything for the race together. My fuel belt, bottles filled with water, gels, gloves, headband, arm warmers. I got my clothes out and ready to go. I did not want to risk forgetting anything.
I was running this race with my friend and training partner and she was feeling under the weather. She was just getting over a sickness but still felt like she couldn’t push herself too hard. We left with our supporters – my husband and 2 kids, her husband and another friend of ours (good thing we drive a van). We had wanted to take the subway but found out the first train didn’t run until almost 9am so had to drive instead. That was a big disappointment. Driving in Toronto without all the road closures is bad enough, now we have to drive in to where all the roads are closed. The exit ramps were backed up for miles and miles. We finally get off the highway and park. We make a stop at the washrooms and start heading to the start line. We see all the other runners heading there too. The excitement is building. This is a big race! 25,000 people. We soon realize that we need to get our layers off and run to our corrals so we could get ourselves warmed up and make it before the race started. I grabbed some leg warmers from the dollar store for us (after a fellow runner mentioned she got them) to use as arm warmers as I decided to go with capri tights and a t-shirt for the race. I also had a headband and gloves that I could throw away when it got warmer. It was a chilly morning so I was glad with my choice in wardrobe and felt pretty comfortable.
We got to our corral just as the gun went off. There were multiple corrals though so ours was not leaving yet. We were able to weave up toward the front as we were trying to find the 2:15 pace bunny. Our plan was to stick with the 2:15 pace bunny for 16km and then run ahead. At the expo I heard John Stanton talking and he had actually said look at the half marathon as a 16km training run and a 5km race. So perfect, that was our plan already. The gun went off and away we went. Like I said, this race was huge and you could see the people ahead filling the streets, it was amazing. We knew we wanted to stick to an average pace of about 6:20 for the first 16km. That was an easy pace to keep. We past the first water station where they were handing out water and Gatorade. We ran on with tons of people on the streets cheering for everyone. It was nice reading everyone’s signs. I started to take off my gloves around the 5km mark and slowly started to lose my headband and arm warmers too. The sun was shining and I was feeling strong. I grabbed some Gatorade at one of the water stations but kept running. We were doing this race continuous. We decided to stop and take gels around the 9km mark ( I also took a couple before the race). I was using the Clif Shot Blocks. I really like these ones but I have to slow down and walk to eat them as I have a hard time to chew them while running. I quickly chew them up and we start running again. We started to see all the super fast runners heading back (I think the elites were already gone by this point). I was enjoying all the entertainment along the course. There were bands, dancers, cheer sections. It was truly really nice. We crossed the timing mats at the 10km mark at 1:03:50.
Splits (overall time is a bit off from chip time as it started a bit early)
|11:54||- 0:06 (1%)||5’53″/km|
|18:10||+ 0:22 (-7%)||6’16″/km|
|24:18||- 0:08 (2%)||6’07″/km|
|30:28||+ 0:02 (-1%)||6’10″/km|
|36:35||- 0:03 (1%)||6’06″/km|
|42:24||- 0:17 (4%)||5’49″/km|
|48:29||+ 0:15 (-5%)||6’04″/km|
|54:43||+ 0:09 (-3%)||6’14″/km|
|1:01:24||+ 0:26 (-8%)||6’40″/km|
Around the 12km mark my friend had to stop and walk. I was going to slow down with her but she insisted I go ahead. My leg and knee were feeling good, no pain (besides being taped I also had my IT Band Strap on and I had taken an advil before the race) so I picked up the pace a bit (or so I thought) and carried on.
|1:07:26||- 0:38 (9%)||6’02″/km|
|1:13:37||+ 0:09 (-3%)||6’11″/km|
|1:19:17||- 0:31 (8%)||5’40″/km|
|1:24:49||- 0:08 (2%)||5’31″/km|
|1:30:41||+ 0:19 (-6%)||5’51″/km|
|1:36:47||+ 0:15 (-5%)||6’06″/km|
When I saw the 16km marker I knew the end was near and I said to myself just a 5km race now. I started to pick it up a bit more. I came up to 18km and remember thinking 18km, only 3km left to go. I followed that thought with oh man 3km is so far! On top of that it was up a hill. The hill seemed to be huge although I am sure it wasn’t really as big as I thought it was. I had to walk up half of it. I started to feel tired. I started running again and passed the 19km marker. I saw the split where the marathoners went to continue on and the half marathoners headed into the chute. 20km. Only 1.1km more to go. The last km is always the longest. I heard a lady on the sides yelling only 500m to go. Meanwhile I could see the 500m sign a ways ahead so, not quite. I actually stopped and walked for a quick water break then told myself, you can not stop and walk at the end. Out of nowhere I picked up the pace and finished strong.
|1:42:00||- 0:53 (14%)||5’12″/km|
|1:47:37||+ 0:24 (-8%)||5’37″/km|
|1:53:07||- 0:07 (2%)||5’30″/km|
|1:58:55||+ 0:17 (-6%)||5’47″/km|
|2:03:34||- 1:08 (19%)||4’38″/km|
I did it!!! I ran a half marathon and it wasn’t that bad. I knew my time was under 2:10. I grabbed my phone and quickly looked up my chip time. 2:03:32. You have to love our technology. I am so happy with this result. I went in to this race with a plan and I stuck to it. After going through the food lines I was able to meet up with my family and friends. My husband was so proud and so was I.
My overall impression of this race is broken down like this. The race kit pick up and the expo was good. They had a lot of great vendors at the expo and pick up was quick and smooth. The course was great. It was a flat course (except the hill at 18km) with plenty of water and Gatorade stations. They also had gels to give out around the 10km mark. There was great entertainment along the course, bands, dancers… and there were spectators everywhere. I don’t remember any part of the race where there were no spectators. and the chute to the finish was great too. There were so many spectators at the end cheering, it was very motivating. The food after the race was not too impressive. A banana, a bagel and a yogurt. They did have massages but you had to pay for them and you had to prepay for them during registration so you couldn’t go and get one if you didn’t sign up ahead of time. I have been to other races where they had massages and they were free. The shirt in the race kit is nice. A Brooks tech tee. Besides the shirt though there was nothing in the race kit except a juice box. Disappointing because this is an expensive race. Overall I really enjoyed this race and it was a great choice for my first half but I don’t think I would do it again.
Next up is the Niagara Falls International Marathon 10km this weekend. After that the Resolution Run on New Years Eve -we will be doing this race with the whole family. I will also begin training for Around the Bay and possibly the Chilly Half Marathon as well.
If you made it all the way through, thank you so much for reading. Happy running!
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half marathon – Recap Part 1 (shrinkinginkdgirl.com)
- Volunteering at 2013 Toronto Scotiabank Marathon (abster88.wordpress.com)
At the grocery store last week I decided to pick up a can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling). I bought it but didn’t really have a solid plan of what to do with it. My purpose was not to make a pie but some other creative pumpkin treats. I started browsing the web looking for recipes as I am not one that can just whip something up and have it taste great (at least not with baking). I checked the usual suspects Kraft, Allrecipes, Pinterest etc looking for something to make.
Yesterday we were going for turkey dinner at my mother in laws and my husband said we would be bringing the pie. However come Sunday morning we didn’t really want to have to fight the stores to pick up a pie. I then decided that I would make this carrot pumpkin cake from Kraft. I didn’t decide this last minute though so I did already have everything on hand for this recipe. This was recipe #1. It was very quick to put together. The only thing I changed was the cake form I used. I used a bunt form pan instead of the 2 round pans and I only iced the top of the cake instead of the entire thing. The icing was pretty rich for my liking but everyone else loved it. The cake was moist inside which I was thinking was because of the pumpkin. Either way it was delicious and I would totally make this one again.
Recipe 2 was these yummy little mini pumpkin pies. These little tarts start with a cream cheese mixture (cream cheese egg and sugar) on the bottom and then are topped with a pumpkin mixture (pumpkin, egg, more sugar and spice) on top. Pop them in the oven and bake and….oh my!!! These little things are tasty. From this recipe I omitted the nuts and the cool whip but I can only imagine that those ingredients would only make them that much tastier. Another crowd pleaser.
Today brings us to recipe #3. The perfect pumpkin loaf. This loaf was just that, perfect. It was so easy to whip this all together. I followed the recipe exactly as written and between my husband and I we ate the whole thing today. The only thing I would say about this tasty little number is that next time I would add some nuts, likely walnuts or maybe pumpkin seeds (which I actually have but forgot). This loaf is the only recipe that I thought to take a picture of so here it is missing the slice I already ate
This loaf was my only indulgence this Thanksgiving weekend. Of the 2 dinners we went to I did not over eat at all. Today I ate half of this loaf AND I didn’t run yesterday or today. Oh well tomorrow is a new day! What are your favorite ways to use pumpkin. I would love to hear of some more yummy recipes.
I was waiting for the photos to be up from the photographer to do a write up about this race but after 10 days I think it is taking too long. So my iPhone photos will have to do.
This was MEC‘s 4th race in their very affordable race series. Each store has their own set of races and this one was held by the Burlington store. The race itself was held on Saturday September 7, 2013 at Hamilton’s Bayfront Park. I grew up in Hamilton and have used the paths along Bayfront Park a lot and am very familiar with the area. My husband and I were signed up for the 10K race. This was his first 10K race and my second. I was looking to redeem myself from a horrible first 10K race (it was a very hot day and a very hilly course and I had a hard time with it and came in at 1:09). They also had a 5K race and a 15K that day. The cost of this race was a measly $15. Very cheap as far as races go. For $15 we got our bib, a nice MEC drawstring backpack with a magazine and some Cliff bar samples. We also got a chip timed race and free access to the high resolution photos the photographer took. The top 3 male and female finishers in each distance received medals.
The forecast for the day was cool and cloudy with a chance of rain. We welcomed the cool temperatures, it makes for great running conditions. It was a small race too, the smallest race I have done which was also very nice. We did our warm ups and then made our way to the start line. We were easily able to line up in the front row.
My goal for this race was to come in under an hour. I was confident that I could do this and set my goal to 58 minutes. Right from the start I took off too fast (which I often do) I looked at my watch and saw 4:30 pace and had to slow myself down. I knew I had to maintain a 5:48 pace or below to reach my goal but if I went too fast I would burn out. My first 10K I took a lot of walk breaks (hills and heat = tough). This race I didn’t take any walk breaks just kept my pace steady as I went. At this point my husband was long ahead of me which is fine, he is a quicker runner. I had my music on, my water and I was cruising. At the halfway point it started to rain. Not to heavy but enough to get a bit wet. The rain didn’t last too long. Around the 7K mark I started to pick up the pace a bit. I reached the turn around point and knew there was only 2K left to go. After reaching the !K remaining point I knew I was going to actually beat my goal.
It is funny when you listen to runners talk about distance. Oh I only ran 10K or oh I just went for a short 5K. It is funny because those distances are far!! In fact 1KM is FAR and nothing makes you realize that more than the last km of a race. As I am running the last km I was expecting to see the finish line after every bend. I kept saying to myself 5 more minutes (because now I am getting tired) but after every bend no finish line. Finally there it is and I give my all to get in and cross that finish line with a smile. 56:22!!! I surpassed my goal and set a new personal best. I couldn’t be more happy.
I was so please with this race and how I was able to keep to my plan for running it. I wish I could see the rest of the pictures the photographer took but he has not posted them yet. I don’t actually have any pictures of me crossing the finish line at this point but I tried to smile for the camera. My husband did extremely well with his finish with a time of 47:48. Bananas and water at the finish followed by the medals being awarded.
This was a great race. I loved how small it was. I especially loved how affordable it is. The great thing too is that all distances are the same price. Usually the prices of races go up as the distance goes up but these are the same be it 5K, 10K or a half marathon. I would highly recommend this series to anyone. In fact aside from a few bigger races I think the majority of my races next year will be through MEC.
Bib # 0224
Chip time – 56:22.2
Pace – 5:38
Gender place – 7/19
Overall place – 28/44
All photos provided in this blog post with a watermark are mine. All other photos were taken by Sunny Kaura Photography and were provided to us by him and MEC for free.
When I started running again back in January I was browsing Pinterest for motivational inspiration. I came across a pin and it stuck with me.
I just grabbed it. I never actually thought that 10 months after I started running that I would actually be running that half marathon. Well on Aug 31 I signed up for my first half marathon. I will be running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It makes sense as I have been following the training program for the half marathon from the Running Room. I will actually be repeating this training program through the winter for 2 races next year the Chilly Half Marathon and the Around the Bay Road Race. Who knew when I did that first day of the couch to 5K program doing 1 minute run and 1.5 minute walking intervals for 15 minutes that I would be running 21.1km just 10 short months later. The accomplishments one can achieve in running truly amazes me.
Yesterday I ran the Toronto Women’s Run Series 5K held at Sunnybrook Park in Toronto. Race time was at 8:15 so I headed out at 6:30 to make sure I would not be late. Google maps told me I could expect about a 50 minute commute and I wanted to get there early to make sure I could get parking as well. Good think I left early as I did get caught in some construction that held me up. I got to the park at around 7:30, parked and jogged down to the washrooms. Next I went to meet up with a couple of running friends.
The 10K was the first group out, they started at 8am. Shortly after volunteers started coming out with signs to assign corrals. They had 18:00-24:00, 24:01-30:00, 30:01-35:00 and 35:01 +. I lined up in the second corral (24:01-30:00). My personal best (PB) from the Moon In June race was 28:15 and my goal for this race was 27:00.
Being at the front for this race I didn’t experience too much crowding. What I did experience was an urge to keep up with the quicker runners and found myself going too fast. My first km split was 4:33 – my fastest km ever. I tried to slow down as I didn’t want to burn out and by the second km I was still going a bit too fast (4:57). Onwards to the turn around and up to the 3K marker I was holding a good pace 5:22 but somewhere between the third and fourth km my legs won the battle against my head and I slowed down to walk a bit and drink some water. Back at it I saw the 1km remaining sign and I slowly started to pick it up repeating to myself “almost there, 5 more minutes”. I gathered the energy to pick it up and finish strong. I saw 26:20 as I crossed the finish and knew that I had squashed my last PB. I got my medal, an energy drink and went to pick up my food baggie. Back over to check the official times and I was pleased with my result. 26:16. Wow!
This was a great race. There was a great swag bag with a really nice Mizuno technical t shirt in pink (which I sadly did not take a picture of) as well as a personalized race bib and Cliff protein bar sample. The after race food was great (full bags with lots of goodies). The race itself was well organized and it is for a great cause. I will definitely do this race again next year.
Bib # 2301
Gun time – 26:19.3
Chip time – 26:16.1
Pace – 5:16
Category place – 17/61
Overall place – 61/415
I had such a productive day today. I went out for my long slow run this morning. Actually I should say this afternoon. It was right around high noon and it was mighty hot out. Needless to say I ran 11 of the 12K I had planned today. At least I got it done and I will never wait so late to go in the morning on a hot day again.
I planned to have a day of cooking. I was preparing dinner (Shepherd’s Pie) and was also going to make granola, rice krispie squares and breakfast burritos for the week. I then got side tracked purging our closets so only made dinner and granola. The granola was a good choice! I tend to stay away from granola because it is so high calorie for such a small portion but I came across a recipes in a magazine (Better Homes and Gardens Breakfast & Brunch) that looked good with a reasonable calorie count. I modified the recipe to omit/change a few things and the result was, delicious!! Seriously I had this granola with some vanilla yogurt, so so good. In fact I am pretty sure I will make this regularly as it is a nice healthy snack to enjoy. I told my husband this granola was so good that I would put it on my blog so here it is.
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups regular rolled oats (I used large flake oats)
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
How you make it:
Preheat oven to 350. In a small pot combine applesauce, brown sugar, butter, honey, vanilla and salt. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.
In an extra large bowl combine oats, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins and cinnamon. Mix it up then drizzle with the applesauce mixture. Stir to coat. Transfer mixture to a cookie sheet or shallow roasting pan.
Bake for 45 minutes stirring twice. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Makes 16 (1/2 cup) servings.
Per serving: 233 cals, 29g carbs, 11g fat, 7g protein, 4g fiber
Life is busy! Don’t we all know that? Since I have been back to work and with my running schedule I just can not find the time to sew like I was sewing while on maternity leave. That is not to say that I am done with sewing, or blogging as I enjoy both. I found though with a blog dedicated solely to sewing, it limited how much blogging I could do. Since I really enjoy blogging as well I decided to once again revamp my site. The URL is the same but the content has expanded. I am excited to be incorporating more of everything I enjoy. Sewing, running, home renos, gardening, a little bit of this and a little bit of that and yes that is the most creative name for the new site I could think of. I have worked on getting the site design set up how I like and incorporating what I would like to see but it is still a work in progress as this new direction is just beginning. So bare with me while some of the tabs are still blank. There will be content soon. As always, thanks for stopping by.
On Saturday I completed my 2nd 5K race and achieved a new personal best. My husband, my brother in law and myself registered for the 22nd annual Moon in June race. Friday we went to pick up our race kits which included a bag with our chip timed bib, a nice tshirt, a water bottle and a full size bottle of adult gummy vitamins. This race was the first for my husband and for my brother in law.
Saturday was race day but this race was at 9pm at night so we had a lot of time to prepare. We agreed to meet up at our place at 6:30 (the race was out of town for us). We had all our stuff prepared including snacks and drinks for the kids. My other sister in law and brother in law were also coming with their daughter to cheer us on and watch the kids. We were all set and left the house by 7pm. That’s where things started to go down hill. About halfway there I realized that we forgot the bag we packed with the snacks and drinks for the kids. Bummer but no big deal. We stopped at Walmart to grab some more drinks and snacks. When we finally arrived in the parking lot I then realized I forgot my race bib at home. My heart sank. I acted like it was no big deal but I was really sad that I wouldn’t have an official time. My husband was great. He offered to rush home to get it (but there was just no time for that). He offered to give me his bib but there is no way I would take that from him as it was his first race and my mistake. He then insisted that we go and ask for a new bib and I thought for sure we wouldn’t be able to get one. Luckily he is persistent and found where we could go and they did give me a new bib with timer at no extra cost. I was so happy.
The race had a 5K and 10K portion. I considered the 10K but my friends assured me that I did not want to do a double loop for my first 10K. My goal for this race was to beat my previous time of 30:53. When I did my first 5K, the only training I had was through the 10K runner app I have on my iPhone. Currently I am finishing up the 10K Training Program through the Running Room. The app had me running straight, non stop. The Running Room teaches 10′s and 1′s (run 10 minutes then walk 1 minute and repeat). For this race I decided I would just run and walk when and if I needed too. Off we went and my brother in law took off quickly (he is fast). My husband said I was going fast too. I did stop at one point for water and for my husband to catch up to me so I could check the time (I was watchless). We ran together for about 1km and then he took off. I didn’t stop again after that. My other brother in law was at the finish taking pictures and when I crossed the finish line I saw some friends cheering. We walked around for the water, bananas and pizza – oh and our beer ticket got us a nice cold draft. One lady walking by gave me her ticket so I actually had 2.
My official chip time was 28:15, a new personal best!! I can not believe I shaved 2 minutes and 38 seconds off my time since March!! I was feeling pretty good about that. My husband finished in 26:23. Very good for his first race and my brother in law finished in 23:50. It was a great night with great supporters and we all had a blast.
This race was also the last run for my Saucony Kinvara. They have served me well since November. I tried on many a shoe to see what my next pair would be and I settled on the Nike Free Run 3+. These shoes are so light. I tried them out on the treadmill yesterday and will be taking them out on the road for the first time today but just based on the treadmill, I love them!! They are not too flashy in colour (boo) but they are super reflective so that makes up for the lack of colour (yay).