Men’s Saucony Virrata’s

Greetings everyone, this is Heather’s husband, Bobby, and this is my review of my Saucony Virratas. First a little background, though any of you who regularly read Heather’s Looking Glass will already know a bit about my physical activity. I have been working out with weights since 7th grade and took up running about five years ago when I graduated college and realized I needed something to help me stay in shape (at least a shape other than round) now that I am not regularly playing sports. Heather and I have worked up to half and full marathons, though I really prefer 5ks, and I recently ran my first triathlon.

On to the Saucony Virratas.

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My favorite thing about them is that my feet do not feel cramped. I have larger than average feet and my feet usually feel cramped in shoes. I’m not just talking about width either. My feet often feel liked they are being squished from top to bottom and I have rough callouses across the tops of my toes because most shoes cramp down. The Saucony Virratas has a type of mesh that goes over the top of your foot and doesn’t make you feel as cramped. I’m the type of guy who would wear flip-flops at all times if not for sports and dressing up, so this great for me. The mesh also allows more airflow into the shoes and keeps your foot cooler.

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Weight: I’m heavy enough on my own and don’t need any additional poundage (is that a word?) to lift. These shoes are lighter than any of my other running/workout shoes. I have had the chance to run in them several times now and I can honestly say I feel a significant difference in simply lifting my feet.

This is my second pair of minimalist shoes and I prefer the feeling of running barefoot to running in a shoe that alters my steps. I think the flexibility of the shoes also contributes to the sense of less confinement. Can you tell that I sometimes get a little claustrophobic?

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I hope this review has given some useful information to any of you considering the Saucony Virratas as your next pair of running shoes. I also want to thank everyone who reads Heather’s Looking Glass and hope you keep following my amazing wife (/brownie-points).

 

QOTD: Do your feet ever feel cramped in certain shoes? Do you like shoes with more mesh/allowing for air flow?

Saucony Virrata Review

I have an obsession with shoes. Not your typical high heels and boots obsession (although those are nice too!) I’m talking running shoes. You should see all the pairs I own right now. It’s almost embarrassing. The thing about it though, is I am also PICKY about my shoes. I may own a lot of pairs, but most of them end up being cross training shoes. There are only a few I will actually RUN in. From the moment I put on my new Virrata’s from Saucony, I knew these were going to be “running shoes.” I was actually out of town when they came in mail. My husband texted me a photo of them and I instantly told him to put them in his suitcase and bring them with him! (He was meeting me a couple days later).

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The Virrata is Saucony’s lightest and most flexible training shoe. This shoe is super light (6 ounces!) Amazingly flexible,  but also cushioned to protect you from the road.  This shoe has a 0mm heel drop, and is very breathable and quick drying.

So all of that stuff is of course great to know (and important!) But let’s talk about these cool colors. I LOVE brightly colored running shoes. Who says you have to look boring when you are running? I would definitely call these shoes a “touch of sass” to add to your running gear.

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I have not been running in zero drop shoes, so I wanted to make sure I safety transitioned. I started out just walking around in them, and then took them on a two mile run. Not going to lie, my calves were very sore after and during the run, but it got much better with each run. Now I can run three miles in them with no tightness or soreness.

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Something I really love about these shoes is how I can “feel the road” underneath me when I am running, while still having some cushion. I have very high arches and I overpronate, so I never wanted to go into barefoot running, so the virrata is the perfect mix of flexibility and cushion for this girl. My feet feel so light and like I really am flying, it’s a great speed shoe for sure.

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I haven’t taken them on anything longer than 3 miles yet, but I am hoping to build up my mileage in them, but I can definitely attest to the fact that they are an amazing short distance shoe! If you are looking for something with a 0mm drop but don’t want to go totally minimalist, this is the shoe for you.

Be sure to follow the hashtags #Virrata and #FindYourStrong on Twitter to hear more about these shoes.

 

Disclosure: I was provided this product for review from Fitfluential and Saucony. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

QOTD: Have you ever run in zero drop shoes? What are your thoughts on such a light flexible shoe?

Friday Favorites: Random Bits of Health News

 

In the past couple weeks I have been contacted by a few different companies letting me know about different products and events going on. Instead of mentioning them in their own posts, I thought I would combine them all as a Friday Favorite for you all to check out.

1.) Odwalla kid smoothies. I love when companies make healthy options specifically for kids lunchboxes, so I was thrilled when Odwalla let me know about this new product! These smoothies are a great source of vitamin C, and are natural, 100% juice. and gluten free.

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2.) Virtual marathon relay. Check out the website to join in a fun virtual marathon relay! It’s free to enter, and is a total of 52 miles. There are all kinds of prizes you and your team could win as well.  Don’t know someone who would want to join you? There is an option to find a team mate online as well.

3.)Fitness and Health Bloggers conference. You can still register for this awesome conference in Colorado this summer! I may or may not have something to share with you soon about this. Colorado seems like an awesome place for a fitness and health conference, and it is going to be held at a beautiful new facility with some great speakers!

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4.) Saucony Find Your Strong project. Strong can be found in every runner.  Personal.  Powerful.  Insanely motivating.  We find strong in others.  We find it in ourselves, and when we share it, we all get stronger. Check out the video to learn more. You could win some great prizes!

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You may recognize this beautiful lady in the photo above!

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Today I am busy doing some work before I go out of town with my mom and her sisters next week. Oh, I didn’t mention? I am going to Disney for a quick trip! So excited! Also, thanks for all you’re kind words on my name in Woman’s World magazine article! Yall are the best.

QOTD: What are YOU loving this Friday?