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Puma Faas 600S

A while ago Puma Running offered me a pair of their new Puma Faas 600 S running shoes to try. Great timing because from what I read they sounded like they might be just my thing and very useful for my marathon training long runs this winter. Plus if (2.30.46) marathon runner Susan Partridge trains in them they should be good for my more modest training attempts for sub 4.30!

They appealed to me because they are light weight and flexible yet offer a certain amount of stability and cushioning. I have got used to running in fairly minimal running shoes or racing flats, preferring less shoe (basically I hate heavy shoes) as most of my runs are short but last time I ramped up my mileage for marathon training I became aware that I needed a bit more support and cushioning for those far too long, long runs.


My first impressions walking around in them were good, comfortable, light weight and flexible with sufficient height in the toe box for my toes to flex. A good fit around the heel but I did have to re-lace them to make sure they were plenty wide enough for my feet which are now used to splaying out..

As often the case with new shoes the first few runs I was not sure, mainly because anything different or new feels strange. So I wore them a lot more and got them soaked and muddy at BMF and they began to feel better and part of my feet.

They are not as responsive for a flat-out sprint as some but the more I mould them to my feet and get used to them the less I’m aware of that. I found them smooth and stable for pavement and road runs and surprisingly, for a road shoe that didn’t look very grippy, good on wet grass and mud.

The shoe Is an 8mm drop, to encourage midfoot striking and described as an every day running shoe. As a midfoot striker who runs in shoes from 4mm to 9mm drop they felt pretty good and close enough to the ground. They are lightweight for their stability and cushioning (only 50g or so more than my usual (Adios, Kinvara, Green silence)). My only minor problem as been the tongue slipping off centre because I don’t quite get a perfect fit around the upper but they have been the first pair of shoes for a long time which have stayed laced up when I forget to double knot!

A very good everyday running shoe. The big test will be whether these are still on my feet in 6 months. I certainly intend to use them for my long road runs when I start marathon training next week rotating them with my old shoes on short fast runs. I am also interested enough to look into the other faas models when I come to replacing other running shoes.

Product information…

“The Faas 600 S has a distinct Midsole and Outsole that offers greater stability and forefoot flexibility, a distinct women’s last for a women’s fit, and an upper pattern with a sexy and more anatomic shape. Built for the slightly more traditional stability runner who heel strikes, the NEW Faas 600 S is at an 8mm Heel to Toe Drop which encourages runners to midfoot strike. The shoe features PUMA’s innovative one piece midsole Faas Engineered Stability technology that is one of its kind in the industry.

RRP: £85 Stockist: Sportshoes.co.uk or ProDirectRunning.com”



Running to the Co-op

Juneathon day 6

Yes that’s right I get to run to some cool places!

I had a busy day trying to finish some work for a deadline so spent the day in my PJs tied to my laptop going googly-eyed! 6pm came round and I realised I still had to do my Juneathon run and we had nothing in for supper. I dragged my googly eyes away from the PC and finally got dressed (in my running gear).  A cunning plan was concocted and OH drove me to Niton where I could run the Undercliffe Drive to Ventnor and meet him while he went ahead to do the shopping.

The Undercliffe Drive from Niton to Ventnor is a quiet road, basically because it is subsiding and falling into the sea and the island can’t afford to repair it so there are one-way sections and larger vehicles are prohibited from using it.  Yay NO coaches! (but that’s why they’re on my local loop… grrr). I remembered in Niton about the hill so suggested the top of the hill, then remembered the steep down bit so suggested the bottom of the hill and then some idiot forgot to press go on the garmin for a few mins so my run got somewhat shorter!

A good run, it was fairly light traffic with some sections where I was gloriously alone! Starting after 6pm probably helped and most cars behaved themselves with only one moron going too fast and getting my wrath after making me stop flat against the wall.  It is an attractive undulating route, mostly shaded under trees as it winds along just above the sea-line.  The reward at the end is lovely views and smells of the sea as the road opens out at Ventnor and then being stared at from the bus stop while running along Ventnor high street looking for the car.  As if they’ve never seen anyone go for a run before!

A highly recommended way to do the shopping, OH arrives at car with food just as I finished my run so we headed for home quickly before the hungry teenagers had eaten the furniture.

3.78 miles

Juneathon running total…  27.48 miles


Road kill!

Juneathon day 5.

The weather forecast last night pointed to a morning run, however my OH and I had a few differences about what I mean by morning! He first suggested I get up and out the door at 7.30!  I finally reluctantly made it out 3 hours later, still morning!

I’m thinking this morning might have been the last time I run the road loop around Whitwell and Niton which I have run for a several years.  Well not unless I can reinvent myself as a morning person and go out at 6am!  After being passed by a couple of coaches driving at 40 mph within a foot or so of my elbow and many other lunatics who expected me to jump into the nettles in the hedge I decided that some parts have become too dangerous!

Drivers on the Isle of Wight take note, when you come across a walker, runner, cyclist or horse, it’s quite simple really… application of brake pedal and selection of a lower gear will give sufficient control to cope with cars coming in the other direction and move out and give us a bit of space at the same time!

A shame really because this route was going to be the backbone of my summer running and marathon training and the alternative is to drive several miles to the coast or the cycle path to find somewhere safer to run.

After coping with the traffic for 3 miles instead of turning for home we decided to continue for a bit to extend my run via some quieter, narrow roads which are peaceful and less trafficked before heading home via a bridlepath avoiding another busy bit of road. This was a lot easer going under foot for me than for OH on a road bike and fortunately there was only one big muddy puddle to negotiate.   I guess that’s my answer…  I will have to look into re-planning my run routes to use more bridlepaths and hope we have a dry summer!

It started to drizzle lightly after 4 miles and by the time we got home it was really raining.  So I had to eat humble pie, agree with other half and be grateful we went when we did because it’s been pouring down all day since!

6.72 miles and the only jumping into hedges today was to avoid becoming road kill!

Juneathon running total…  23.7 miles

‘Road Kill’


Jubilee day

and Juneathon day 3 of course…

Like many Londoners I wasn’t in London today but I did watch the Thames Pageant on the TV. A bit smugly because it didn’t rain here on the Isle of Wight today.  There was lots of excitement in the village where we had real traffic lights and a road diversion to allow a part of the main road to be closed for a street party and my OH joined in the  celebrations by duct taping a union jack to the house. He did first check which was the right way up.

I finally got away from the tv and out for my run at 5.30pm (Yes, I should’ve got up and run this morning). OH came with me on his bike which was just as well as the traffic was a bit crazy so I ended up running on the left side of the road with the traffic, OH cycling behind me. What do other people do on twisting country roads with hedges? I usually run facing the traffic but today the amount of idiots driving too fast round bends and up hills made it feel a bit dangerous.

I ran my usual IOW loop, which looked a lot different from the last time I ran it (probably during Janathon) because it was so green with at least a foot more plant life everywhere.  Putting the Prosecco in the fridge as I left must have done the trick as it was one of my faster of many runs of this undulating loop!  An uneventlfull run other than the busy traffic.  I did chase a couple of rabbits but fortunately didn’t catch them as youngest son (aka Ray Mears) would have had me take them home for him to do all sort of nasties to and serve up for supper!

3.86 miles run.

Juneathon running total… 11.61 miles