After the amazing Saucony Guide 10 this years Guide ISO was not a great fit to me. Hopefully Saucony has dialed in the fit on this new ISO 2.
ISO meaning a built in attached tongue to with the idea it will hold the mid foot more snuggle in the shoe. Built in tongue designs are very tricky. Make them to low and the instep (top of arch) will pop out. Make it to high or deep and the laces will come together and not hold the foot in place. This is why most shoe companies sway away from this design.
This version ISO 2 looks to improve the fit. The upper looks very soft and well shaped as well. Saucony has included EVERUN again for enhanced cushioning. This version seems light weight, not that any version has been heavy.
So, who is the Saucony Guide for? Many people, this is what makes it such a great shoe. It works well for walkers, runners alike. It is fine on the road as well as light trail use. The Guide is categorized as a "stability" shoe which means it does have additional support for pronation, but it also has enough lateral support for those who don't over-pronate.
What if I wear custom orthotics, can I wear the Guide? I would has to say "maybe". Depends on how aggressive the orthotics are. If you try them and you feel like your leaning out or to the lateral side....then NOPE. This is unless your doctor recommends it, then go ahead.
In conclusion, the Saucony Guide is a lightly pronation posted running/walking shoe that is very versatile and performs well. How the new fit fits, we will have to see.
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CHICAGO— 361 Degrees athlete Sarah Crouch scored a seven-second personal best and finished as the top American in the competitive Bank of America Chicago Marathon on the streets of Chicago Sunday morning.
Crouch was in a group of about four American women including Jorgensen and Laura Thweatt through the early part of the race, running 5k splits between 17:37 and 17:59 through the first 30 kilometers of the race, with Crouch leading the group of Americans at the half-marathon mark at 1:15:10.
However, before the 10-mile mark, Thweatt dropped out of the race with an Achilles tendon injury.
Despite running the last two 5k segments in over 18 minutes each (18:13 at 35k, and 18:41 through 40k), Crouch hung on to cross the finish line in 2:32:37, seven seconds better than her personal best of 2:32:44, set in Chicago in the 2014 race.
The 29-year old, who was a Division II All-American on the track and cross country at Western Washington, and now lives and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, earned $15,000 for finishing as the top American.
Crouch, who is sponsored by 361°, finished sixth overall, matching her placing from the 2014 race, with fellow American Taylor Ward seventh in 2:32:42. Two other Americans made the top ten, with Kate Landau eighth in 2:33:24, and Marci Klimik rounding out the top ten in 2:34:53.
In the weeks leading up to the race, Crouch had a bit of a scare, after having surgery to remove a benign tumor from her quadricep muscle.
At the post-race press conference, Crouch said, “I was on about 2:30 pace until maybe mile 23 and had a very rough last couple of miles.”
“I put myself in a good enough position that fortunately no other American women were able to catch me. About 100 meters to go, I glanced over my shoulder and I was like, ‘Ah, that’s a woman.’ I kicked pretty darn hard. I had no idea who it was. I didn’t even know my own name at that point.”
Courtesy of letsrun.com, here is a post-race video interview with Sarah.
I have been running since 1984 after watching the Olympics and been biking almost as long. After having a major health issue last year not only did I not think I would run again I didn't see myself biking either.
In January I had surgery and by May I was "kinda" running again. August is when things started turning around and my running is heading the right direction. So, I thought I'll try the bike again.
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