The first few miles were blah. The shoes did what they were supposed to -- my feet didn't actually hit the ground! -- but not much else. I was surprised to find that Asics, which makes two of my all time favorite shoes (the Hyper Speed and the DS Race), could provide such a flat offering. On the other hand, I just today finished my taxes and we suffered today under 90+ degrees and soupy air, so I was sort of blah myself.
The run picked up a few miles in. By the time I hit the shade on the Capital Crescent trail heading south from Bethesda I felt downright sprightly. Maybe I didn't love the shoes, but they weren't interfering.
Just shy of 9 miles at a good casual long run pace. I'll take it. And I'll keep these shoes in the rotation.