Well, they say the best place to start a story is at the beginning, so let’s do that.
Mile 15, outside of Duluth, MN. Grandma’s marathon June 2016. Shooting for 3:10, had just completed a really solid training block using Pfitz 18/70, and had high hopes for this race. It was probably the first race I had run where I thought I had a legitimate shot to BQ.
If you read this blog you know I do not like optical HR monitors (see: Wrist/optical HR monitors are worth +10 BMP). However, it was time to update my aging watch and the Garmin Forerunner 935 was the obvious choice. Check out DC Rainmakers full review here: Garmin Forerunner 935 In-Depth Review. It's essentially the best Garmin ever made. But I'm not here to tell you about the watch, I'm here to tell you about it's optical HR monitor.
Yes, yes it does.
Bill Bowerman, world famous running coach and co-founder of Nike, once said that if your stride is 6 feet, you take 800 strides in a mile, and if you remove 1oz from your shoe weight that equals 55lbs less that you have to lift over the mile (880oz = 55lbs).
Let me start by saying that the Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 was complete and utter garbage. It was supposed to be lightweight, responsive, and fast. It was heavy, bulky, and slow and I hated every minute I ran in them. So why then would I even consider buying the Nike Air Zoom Elite 9?
I'm a lazy runner. One of the reasons I run is that it's so easy to do. I roll out of bed, put on my running clothes, and I'm out the door exercising. I can do this in any city and in almost any weather. I don't love biking or swimming because of all the extra work involved in getting ready and the limitations of where and when they can be done.