Saucony Virrata Review

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Over the years, I have dabbled with zero-drop shoes on more occasions than I can remember.  I SO wanted to wear a lightweight, more natural shoe.  But each time I have had to sadly return to my previous training shoe because my foot felt too naked, too unsupported for anything more than a mile or two. They just didn’t feel right on my foot and I couldn’t get used to the feeling of having NO support from the pavement.

So, understandably, I was intrigued when I heard about the new Saucony shoe – the Virrata.

The Virrata is Saucony’s lightest and most flexible training shoe which allows your foot to move naturally.  But Saucony did something different with this shoe – something I hadn’t seen in other natural 0mm drop shoes. Rather than completely strip down the shoe and leave a 0mm drop shoe with no support or cushioning, they ADDED 18mm of cushion at the bottom. GENIUS. 

I loved this concept because it addressed my biggest issue with lightweight, 0mm drop shoes – the lack of protection and support. 

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    Pre-NYC Half

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    The NYC Half Race Recap will be up tomorrow but I’ll save the suspense…I PR’d by over 2 min!!! I didn’t get my sub-1:32 but I was darn close (1:32:23) and could NOT be happier with how the whole race went.  I don’t think the smile has left my face since I crossed the finish line.

    And want to know one of the best parts about the weekend?  I am not the only one who PR’d…SO many friends set massive PRs this weekend:

    • Kristin ran the LA Marathon in 3:20
    • Ashley ran a 1:43 at the NYC Half -> PR by over 2 min
    • Jess took 10 min off her half and ran the Rock N Roll Half in 1:33
    • Gia got her BQ at the LA Marathon after missing it by 10 sec in the fall – she ran a 3:32
    • Theodora ran a 5 min PR in 1:50 at the Rock N Roll DC Half
    • Erica got her sub-2 half at the NYC Half
    • Lindsey crushed her previous marathon PR with a 3:13 at the Shamrock Marathon
    • Ashley ran a 2:05 to crush her PR that she’s had for 5 years at the NYC Half

    On the Run Interview

    I am so happy and honored to have been featured in their coverage leading up to the NYC Half. In case you missed it on WABC or on their website, here is the video:

    Saturday Expo + Shopping

    I headed to the NYC Half expo Saturday morning to get my race bib (with the coolest # ever – 1234!).  It couldn’t be located so I had to be given a replacement one (#1900).  Kind of bummed because 1234 sounded fast but I forced myself to not something as trivial as a race # pysch me out.

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      What I’m Loving

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      Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Hope you all indulge in a little chocolate / sweet treats today =)

      Workout yesterday: 700 yd swim (following the 0to1650 plan) + 5 mile progression run on gym’s treadmill.  My arms felt tired from the first stroke in the pool yesterday…I have one more pool workout on Friday and then off until Monday (yay!).  The progression run was totally unplanned – intention was 4-5 miles at an easy pace but everything felt too good to go slow.  Ordinarily, I would have followed the training plan, but since I haven’t done any long or hard runs this week, I decided a few miles at a good pace wasn’t the worst thing in the world.

      Splits:

      • Mile 1: 8:20
      • Mile 2: 7:44
      • Mile 3: 7:16
      • Mile 4: 6:56
      • Mile 5: 6:28

      I didn’t get up early this AM to run.  The last few days of swimming coupled with my youngest son’s recent sleeping habits (he has reverted to waking up 2-4x / night to nurse) made for one tired mama this morning.  But I got the BEST present from both boys today.  Little guy woke up only once (3am) to nurse and both boys slept til almost 630am!

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