I got pair of Saucony Virratas few weeks ago to try out and I have to say they have grown on me!
I haven’t had a pare of Sauconys since my junior high coach gave us some for cross-country now that was a long time ago, not to mention these are my first pair of zero drop minimalist shoes (zero drop mean that when seated in the shoe, the heel and ball of the forefoot would be at exactly the same height off of the ground.)
I must say Saucony has come a long way from what I remember! Words can’t describe just how light and super flexible the Virrata are… almost too light for me! I’ve always been prone to shin splints so I planned on easing into running with these. I started with short (1-2 mile) runs in the Virratas the first week, and added additional distance each week so i would have a smooth transition. These shoes are way different than any shoe I’ve ever run in and I was amazed at how stable they made my foot feel. My toes did feel a little cramped due to a notably small toe box and that Im sure is just a sizing issue, I referencing the size I typically run in when I ordered. Next time i’ll do at leased a half size bigger. These shoes are very breathable, my feet were super cool but I thought they got wetter quicker on what turned into a rainy day run .
Over all they earn a Hot!
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Tone Up Tuesday: Moves to Help You Improve! Move 3
Petellofemoral pain is one of the most common types of knee pain. Usually characterized by pain beneath the kneecap (patella) that gets worse after working out. A lot of runners have weak or tight muscles which can usually be the cause. With more people getting out and running we’ll be posting more exercises that we recommend to target those tight and weak areas to help stabilize your knee.
1. Lie with foam roll on side, in front of hip.
2. Cross top leg over lower, with foot touching floor and bottom leg raised off floor.
1. Slowly roll from upper portion of outer thigh, slightly in front of hip joint, to knee; apply pressure on tender spots for 30 seconds.