I am a reluctant runner and have a history of not wonderful knees that have kept me from even considering running as being something that I would ever enjoy. However, in an effort to shape up, I actually decided to give it a shot. The most important part of running to keep you happy and healthy is a sturdy pair of good running shoes. Fortunately for me, Saucony hooked me up with the ProGrid Guide 3.0 to help me get started. I made sure to visit my local running store first to make sure they fit correct and then I was off and running. Literally.
First off, lets talk about the actual shoe. The ProGrid Guide is Saucony’s most popular shoe, which says a lot since Saucony has a full line up of well known, high quality shoes that many runners I have talked to rely on. Pat, who designed the ProGrid Guide 3, “wanted to make sure that the Guide 3 was going to be a No-Brainer, No-Gimmick great shoe that runner will truly enjoy.” (Source) What resulted is a light stability shoe made for runners with a “second density post incorporated to slow down mild pronation” and “smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off”. Weighing in at 10.2 ounces, it certainly feels very light on my feet, but that could be in comparison to the hiking boots that I am used to wearing for my outdoor pursuits. The tread is perfect for running both on pavement and the soft shoulders of the roads around here in Maine. I don’t feel like they are too slippery when I head out down the road when it is damp and it definitely has my back when I go “off roading”. The XT-900 outsole definitely has my back and hasn’t shown any sign of wear at all after wearing them for several runs and even as my every day shoe a couple times. As someone who has killed a pair of trail runners after one day on the trail, that saw a lot for me! They are definitely holding up really well.
Now on to how they feel on my feet. I have been jogging (calling what I do running, according to my husband, isn’t right) in the ProGrid Guide 3.0s a bunch of times now and they are definitely an awesome shoe, especially for someone like me who is out there for fitness and not out there to break a land speed record. They cushion my feet in all the right places, but doesn’t pinch or squeeze them at all. I have fuller volume feet that often makes it hard to find a pair of shoes that aren’t constraining, so I was super excited that the ProGrid Guide 3.0 felt amazing right out of the box with no need to worry about breaking them in. In fact, I ran my first 5K less than one week after I received them and my feet still felt amazing at the end. The dual density impulse EVA did not show any signs of wear, such as compression, at all. Overall, the Saucony ProGrid Guide 3.0 has been working really well for my training regime as a whole and has definitely kept my body feeling a lot better than it has in any other shoe when I’ve been running. I am looking forward to running many more races with them. In fact, the next course I’ll be running will be on January 1st. I’m a little nervous, but only because of how cold it has been here in Maine lately. I am completely confident in the Saucony ProGrid Guide 3.0!
Check back to find out how it goes and how running in the frigid temperatures we’ve been having effects the ProGrid Guide 3.0!