August 15, 2011
It is with great sadness that I retire my Saucony Grid Cohesion 3 shoes. I’ve been using them since I ran the Around the Bay 30k on March 27. These guys got me through at least 6 races including my first marathon, so I’m fairly sentimental about them.
After over 550km, it feels like they’re finally done. I got the pain on the bottom of my feet and the shin splints that are textbook signs of worn out shoes. The stitching has come loose in a few spots, and the soles are worn to a point where they are quite smooth in places. I refused to acknowledge this and probably did another 50km on them. But, now I recognize that it’s time to retire them and move on.
From what I understand Saucony doesn’t even make these shoes anymore. They switched from the “Grid” technology to “ProGrid” years ago. I found these at a little store for a good price and used them when my last pair blew out on me unexpectedly.
I used to be in ‘Motion Control’ shoes because I was told I had a severe over-pronation. As I became a stronger runner, the massive wedge on the inside of ‘Motion Control’ shoes was probably contributing to my knee pain because of odd alignment. I switched into ‘Stability’ shoes, which reduced it for a time. As I got stronger and changed my form to a more ‘mid-foot’ strike, even the ‘Stability’ shoes where causing me knee pain. I didn’t even know that these Cohesion shoes were ‘Neutral’ but my modified ‘mid-foot’ strike suited these very well.
The first thing I noticed about this shoe compared to the Adidas Supernova Sequence I used before was how much less forgiving this shoe is. The Supernova has lots of material on the upper which provides lots of lateral stability. The Cohesion has little material on the top, forcing me to be more controlled and careful about each foot strike. However, with less material it’s noticeably lighter and little more flexible.
I shouldn’t feel too sad about retiring these shoes… especially since I got a new, identical pair 😉