Finally think I’ve found my new shoes!
So, here’s the whole, long D R A W N out story, if you want to hear it, starting way back in Fall 2010! See, I had my gait analyzed for the first time – foot measurements, treadmill camera, the whole nine yards – at Potomac River Running, back when we were living in Northern Virginia. I had a really friendly and helpful guy helping me, named Chris. He helped me find the Saucony Ride 3’s, which would be my go-to trainers for training and racing my first 8K, 1/2, 10-miler…then my next two halves and even my first marathon! Of course, I was mindful of his advice and was sure to replace shoes as the miles increased – which meant I had the pleasure of running in three pairs through my running career – my pink/silvers, blues and then white/red/aquas!
Then…the news came. Ride 3’s were being replaced by ‘new and improved’ Ride 4’s. I resisted moving to them, since I loved mine so much; besides, each pair of my rides were lower priced than the last! ($99, $60 something, then $50 something, respectively)
This January, however, I knew I had to face the facts. My current pair of Rides, that I had trained with for Shamrock, would be surpassing the 400 mile mark around the time of the marathon, which meant throwing in a new pair would probably be a good idea. So, I went to the local running store (Ragged Mountain Running) and tried out the Ride 4’s.
They felt…O K A Y. Not like the 3’s – but not terrible – but definitely longer. I took home a pair in half size smaller than usual.
I ran a few treadmill miles with those and it just didn’t feel right. My foot moved around, hip (!) felt weird – which was definitely not normal for me – and it just wasn’t the same. So, back to the store I went.
The Asics (for me!) were wayyyy too cushy feeling – marshmallow-y, even. So, on went the Brooks – felt pretty good. Lightweight, I ran around the store, around the block…pretty good! Used the store credit from the returned Saucony pair and headed out.
For the next month, I threw the Brooks on for shorter runs (3-4 miles) and while they felt pretty good, they did feel kinda stiff. I read their online review and saw that that was a common issue, but they could be broken in to a certain amount….great! So I kept on, keepin’ on.
Finally, this week….it dawned on me, during my rest (I haven’t run since SUNDAY! AHHH!) this simple fact: I didn’t LOVE those Brooks. They felt narrow. They made a weird sound when they brushed something (crinkly) and (this is just kinda shallow but) they were NOT cute. AT ALL.
So I decided it was time to head back to the store. I still had my receipt and so I marched in after work on Thursday…and this time, I tried a few more…
Some blue Nikes (forgot the name, wasn’t a fan, I had been fitted in these before), Adidas Supernova Glide 4, Saucony Triumph 9. For these, the Nikes felt weird under the arch, the Adidas were so super too soft and kinda loose-feeling and while the Triumphs felt pretty good, they too felt overly soft…and they’re also $130.
So, finally, I tried the Mizuno Wave Riders. They were the last ones, but the second I slipped them on, I knew they felt the best. I did the walk, jog thing around the store and really enjoyed the feel – the only thing was, as hubs had been patiently waiting through this process, he was cringing a bit.
“What’s wrong,” I asked, “do they look weird or something.”
“Well if you like them and they feel fine, it’s okay,” he admitted, “but those colors are…just not good.”
So, I went with the 15’s – and ordered the color combo seen at the top of the post (Lemon/Dark Shadow/Aqua, if you were curious) and will receive them in store in 5 to 7 business days.
I am very excited about my new direction for running shoes (har har) and am amped to start a new cycle of training for the next race! In the meantime, I will be treadmilling with my go-to indoor running shoes (Saucony Shadow Genesis – I have these in ORANGE) and eeking out the last bit of wear from my Rides for outdoor runs.
What do YOU run in?