|First run in my Paradigms was the Philly Rock N Roll Half|
|Paradigms are still going strong after LOTS of miles|
Even though I was super happy with the Paradigms for training and racing, I still had been longing to try the One2. I have always had a thing for super light, thin racing flats. I fell deeply in love with the One2 as soon as I put them on. They are everything I thought they would be, light but comfy and fast. I really enjoy using them for my speed workouts and for my road races. Just the nature of the type of shoe they are, I don't get nearly as many miles out of them, which is why I tend to "save" them a bit and use my go to workhorse the Paradigms more regularly.
|Racing in the One2|
Ok, so what about these impulses?? So the impulses are actually from a different category than the Paradigms and One2. The impulses are of the stability variety versus the neutralness of the Paradigm and One2. As I learned from Brian during one of our sessions with Altra, the stability of the Impulse actually only engages when you need it. This sounded perfect to me. I had been loving running in their neutral shoes without issue so I wasn't sure that I really needed any stability but then again maybe I do need a little, I really am not sure, so it's great that it's there if I need it. The Impulse is also a light cushioning shoe. So despite it being a bit more substantial than the One2, it's still very light. I was wearing my One2 (they have been retired from running) when Golden gave me the Impulses to try on, so I was able to directly compare the two. While I could feel the difference in terms of the Impulse felt a little more sturdy and that it hugged my foot a little more than the One2, I really didn't notice much difference in terms of weight. The Impulse is still a very light road shoe.
|racing in the Impulse, fresh out of the box|
My first ever runs in both my Paradigms and One2 were races so I did not hesitate to wear my new Impulses for all 3 races of the Hat Trick at the Runner's World Festival (5K, 10K and Half). I've also since worn them for two long marathon training runs that included speedwork so I've probably got a solid 70 miles on them so far. I can definitely feel they are more solid than the One2 but I'm actually really liking that feeling (maybe I needed a little support). Despite the slightly more rigidness to them than the One2, they feel very light and fast and are very responsive. They are a bit more narrow and hug my foot more than the Paradigms or One2 however since they have the Foot Shaped toe box like all Altras do, it's not bothersome at all, my toes are still intact and happy. The upper is flexible yet sturdy so I don't anticipate any issues with my toes poking through. They are very breathable, no issues with super sweaty feet. And I ran a rainy tempo workout the other day and was pleased that my feet were not soaked afterwards and they performed well on the wet, slippery surfaces (tons of wet leaves!).
|close up of the impulse|
|I love making Altra prints|