As I posted yesterday I realized it was time to get new shoes. The funny thing, looking at my old pair of shoes, growing up, these shoes would have still had more wear and tear to go. They actually still look in pretty good shape, with the exception of the heels being at an angle. In combination with the number of miles I have placed in them and a new tightness in my hips and slight twinge from the knee when running I decided it was time to get some new running shoes.
When I bought my first pair of running shoes back in May, I spent forever at the store. There was an arch test and a gait analysis and several fitting tests with different shoes, it went on for hours. In the end I went home with a pair of Asics gt 2170’s, from what I understand a shoe that helps overcome pronation issues and had a hefty amount of support built in. I had no clue what I wanted out of a shoe, let alone how really to run. I am sure when I was running in the store for that pair of shoes I was heel striking heavily and I know those short bursts made me out of breath and my legs tired, pathetic, but I was a different person then.
Another change I made to my running besides form stemmed from replacing my insoles with SOLE insoles. These insoles are heated and then shaped to your foot. While backpacking I found using these insoles greatly reduced shoe and foot related issues in the knees, hips and glutes. Shortly after starting my running program I had bursitis in my knees and instantly put these into my shoes (Oddly, that issue led me to water walking witch led me to swimming and deciding a 5k was not enough, eventually leading me to decide to do a triathlon). They made all of the difference in the world and I will not run without them.
Last night, my birthday night, I strolled into my local running store, this time with insoles and running socks in hand to buy a new pair of shoes. Unlike last time I was going to get fitted for my new shoes with the new insoles as they tended to add some dimension to the inside of the shoe and affected my running stride as well. The analysis portion went faster this time because they knew the shoes I bought before. Supposedly certain shoes are sold to people and are indicative of foot strikes and issues. Based on my previous shoe and the information I gave the lady about how I now was more of a mid foot striker the lady brought out a couple of shoes, a pair of Brooks Ghost 5, Asics Cumulus(I think, cannot remember now) and I think a pair of Nikes and another pair of Brooks. Each pair I replaced the insoles and took them for a spin where the associate could watch as I strided or ran. Because the insole I had was a bit thicker than what came with the shoe, the sales lady grabbed some shoes that were a bit wider than my previous shoe. In the end it came down to the Brooks and the Asics shoes Out of those shoes they both were neutral shoes and felt lighter than my last shoes. The brooks felt better in the end and that is what I went with. Also, they were a little lighter than the Asics, even though both pairs were lighter than my previous shoes, but the ankle support and firmness I like much better. As I mentioned I went with the Brooks Ghost 5 in the end.
So, I have new shoes and now I need to take them for a jaunt to see how they feel on the road. I know, slowly break the in. I am just eager to see how these feel with some miles. Compared to my previous shoes these feel stiffer around the ankle and much lighter. In the store I felt like I was flying on air, I could immediately notice a weight difference on my feet. I can’t say too much more about how they felt as all I ran in them so far was a couple of back and forths so the sales associated could see how my foot landed in the shoes. She thought this was the best choice as my foot landed perfectly in the shoe. She also told me it was good I brought my insoles in as they affect the way the shoe functions. So, off to try the new shoes tonight and to see how they perform. Can’t wait to start breaking them in, just have to be careful of not re injuring my knee. Til next time.