Christmas 2017 Run - Alpha Bounce
I learned a long time ago not to judge a shoe in the first 3 miles...but I also learned not to run a half marathon in untested shoes... (story for another time.)
The Alpha Bounce came highly recommended as a distance trainer; but I am on the fence... I ordered these partially because they are supposed to reflect light for when I run in the early morning or late at night and partially because they are supposed to provide support (they are a neutral shoe btw.) These are much heavier than my other two pair of daily runners (Boston 6 and Energy Cloud) ; which I don't mind. I happen to like the Mizuno Wave Technology (Inspire, Sayonara and Enigma have been the three I've used) and they were on the heavy side.
I ran Christmas Night in these and I really liked the seamless mesh upper and textile lining. As advertised; it gave the shoe a sock-like fit. It also kept my feet warm despite the cold. I don't know if that is a side effect or a Bill effect, but it was kind-of cool.
Initially I was nervous about the odd grip/tread on the bottom of the shoe. I would not make it a point to run on ice in them; but they were good. No better or worse than any other pair of shoes I’ve worn. I was able to safely navigate the black ice.
The shoe was, in fact, supportive although I missed the lightweight feel of my Boston 6's. I felt it in my knees which was odd, but it wasn’t painful. What’s nice is, I wasn’t in pain (I guess I need to fill in that story for another time….)
All in all I am looking forward to putting another 8 -10 miles on and seeing how I feel; and updating this paragraph to have a complete review.
8 January 2018
30 miles in...The feel is getting better; but they are still not my favorite... I ran in the snow and when I transitioned to pavement i felt the 'bounce' I still love the socklike feel and the fact that even in the snow my feet were warm!