Welcome to The Tuesday Kick

Light enough to lead you to a PB

Shoes…runners can’t live without them. We love our shoes. In fact, when I sent out a request asking that people tell me what they run in and why, I was surprised at how many people responded and how quickly. Obviously, we like to talk about our shoes – and I have a sneaking suspicion that we also like to know what other people run in.

Welcome to the latest ongoing feature on Sub-three: The Tuesday Kick. Every week I’ll profile a shoe, and add a little about the person to whom the shoe belongs (my, that sounds almost like Cinderella, doesn’t it?). This week’s shoe belongs to a pretty fast fellow, but you don’t have to be a speed demon to have your shoes showcased; in fact, you don’t even have to race. With apologies to Lance Armstrong, it’s all about the shoe.

The Shoe

New Balance WR1400s.

The Official Description

A performance shoe to help you break your personal record. This road flat features a REVlite midsole and welded upper. The former, according to New Balance,  is 30 per cent lighter than other foams with comparable performance. The welded seams are supposed to reduce chafing and weight, which sounds plausible since this light-weight trainer comes in at a feathery 5.7 ounces.

Who Wears It

Fredericton’s Rob Jackson runs in these. Recently a recipient of one of Canadian Running’s Golden Shoe Awards, the 56-year-old busted national age group records in 2011 for the indoor 5,000 metres and for the five-mile distance.

Why He Likes Them

Jackson says the shoes are very light and very bright. Plus, he discovered Canadian Olympic marathon hopeful Reid Coolsaet runs in them. “They make me happy,” Jackson declares. “Look at how pretty they are. You can’t take your eyes off of them, can you?”

Certainly, they lived up to their promise of helping Jackson break his personal record – and a few others besides.

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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