Luc Bruchet and Anthony Romaniw come through in the clutch.
Firstly, let's just say all our Canadian's looked great out there. Hilary ran a solid 800, Jess O. got her proof of fitness taken care of and there were some other solid runs by Peter, Sasha, Natasha, etc. But we have to talk about the boys.......oh man. Firstly, what a boss Romaniw is man, like I knew he had the talent to hit the standard, he's run under the mark before and you can look at one of my post from about a month ago where I called him to hit it and then come top 3. But he hadn't gone sub 1:47 until Sunday and he was in the slow heat so I was nervous, but my boy came up big man, what a stud. He gave a great interview on Flotrack so go check that out. Then Luc was up, he spoke after about it really being one of his last big chances to run standard, he was going to have to go to Japan or Europe if it didn't work out in Portland. If you watch the race you see that at 1200 he knows he's close and with 2 laps to go he takes his fate into his own hands and goes for it. He looked like he belonged with the big boys out there on Sunday. He's such an amazing dude, beyond funny and easy going. It couldn't have happened to a better person. Hard work always gets rewarded. As I watched him during his interview part of me was wondering what Kelly Weibe is thinking right now, I know he's super close with Luc and is beyond stoked for him. The boys used to train together daily and Kelly handed Luc many losses on the roads and over XC. Granted, Kelly isn't the type of guy who lives with regrets, he had an amazing career and is chasing his non athletic goals right now. I hold out hope he makes a comeback at some point all the same!
A few other observations from the last few weeks of the circuit.
1 - Like I already mentioned, good luck beating Asbel Kiprop in the 1500m.....ain't gona' happen!
2 - Caster Semenya is also a LOCK for gold in the women's 800m.
3 - The women's steeple is a 1 horse race out front, Hyvin Kiyeng, all day long!
4 - Farah is going to HANDLE everyone in the 5k, it's just a matter of who's in 2ed and 3rd. Nobody will or can make it too fast for him to not be able to close like a boss. That 3k in Birmingham showed us that. In the 10k, that's where it could get interesting, if I was an odds-maker I'd still have him as a heavy heavy favorite but GK did go sub 13 in the 5km, he looked slow as hell trying to close, but he's also SUPER strong so if he makes it crazy fast and works with Karoki we could see an upset. It'll take at 26:25-30 race in my mind to do it.
5 - Nike should be ashamed of what they are doing to Boris....is that really what your company was built upon? It's an Olympic year, the guy has enough to deal with.
6 - Donovan Brazier is an absolute BEAST. After the 800m NCAA final a few years back where Robbi Andrews kicked down Charles Jock in signature fashion I figured we would never see a more epic final in the event, but I was wrong. If you haven't seen the video yet go check it out 1:43.55 is just silly fast.
Saucony Ride 9 review.
So as I mentioned last time, I'll be giving my feedback/reviewing some of the just released or soon to be released shoes from Saucony. This week we will look at the Ride 9 with Everun. Now, I haven't been in as many models of the Ride as I have the Kinvara, I haven't missed one of those, for the Ride, I've been in the 5,6,8 and now the 9. Most of you who enjoy the franchise know the shoe well and for those who don't its a neutral daily trainer. I like to think of it as the workhorse of the Saucony lineup. It's not as luxurious, nor as expensive as the Triumph ISO, but it can take a TON of miles and that's upped even more with the Everun unit throughout. Now, if you don't know about Everun, go back through my posts to where I reviewed the first shoe this topsole made it's appearance, the Triumph ISO 2, you'll find that in one of my posts from September of last fall.
Anyway, it fits in great with the ride. Overall, since last year the shoe has been completely overhauled. PowerGrid foam is swapped our for Everun and on the outsole you'll find their new Tri-Flex technology that grips the road and makes you feel confident with each stride.
The fit remains the same, lot's of room in the toebox and a snug fit around the laces where the foot gets locked down. It fits true to size and you can rest easy that whatever size you had in the previous generation will continue on into this model.
The biggest change for me was the ground feel, these are just that much more snappy now with everun. You get more responsiveness and energy return from the ground. I find it's the transition through my footstrike where this is most apparent. The ride is always going to be a bit firmer then the Triumph, or Kinvara and it stays that way in this model. It feel similar to the fastwich when your running, just more underfoot.
It's shed another tenth of an ounce and comes in at 9.3 for a men's size 9 sample size. More info on the tech and features can be found here - http://www.saucony.com/en/ride-9/24980M.html?dwvar_24980M_color=S20318-2
I really hope you give this shoe a try, it's a staple in my rotation and is great for all my easy and longer runs. Leave a comment below if you need any more details or would like to ask a more specific question. Next time we will look at the new Zealot ISO 2
The Ride 8 (back) and 9 (front) side by side
Donut's post race with a few great folks.
Post long run Heinekens for the win.
Breakfast of champions!