It took me three days… I caved.

I have worked three shifts at the Running Room so far. I am actually surprised that I lasted this long without buying new shoes. I am forced to stare at them all day at work now, and it has been extremely difficult to resist the temptation. I caved yesterday. I spent half an hour after my shift running in and out of the back room and trying on a bunch of different shoes. 


My go-to brands are Brooks and New Balance. I have a long and narrow foot and it seems both brands build the toe box fairly narrow, which is awesome. I have grown accustomed to a lighter shoe after running in the Brooks PureCadence for most of my speed work and tempo runs. I don’t like I ton of cushioning, but I usually need a stability shoe. Yes… I am aware of how high maintenance I am  😉


I have been rotating my New Balance 870-V2s and my Brooks PureCadence2s for the past couple of months. I tried on the Brooks Ravenna 5s (I LOVED the 3s), Saucony Guide 7s, New Balance 860s, and New Balance 870-V3s. I really wanted the Ravennas back in my life but they just didn’t feel right. In the end, it was a go-with-what-you-know shoe decision. 


I ended up with the New Balance 870-V3s. They are simply the newer version of the ones I have been wearing (and bought two pairs of because I love them so much). They are so light, they don’t feel overly cushioned, but they have a lot of support. They are nice and bright blue too, so that’s fun!

Here is what New Balance has to say about these shoes:



I can’t wait to try out my new shoes. I have a fairly good idea of what they are like because I have the previous version right now, but it is always exciting to do your first run in some new shoes. A great reminder when buying new shoes is to look at the soles of your current shoes to see where they have worn down the most. Sometimes it will give you a good idea of how you are running, whether you are pronating, heel-striking, or just rubbing in a certain area, looking at the soles can give you a good idea of where to start when buying a new pair. Whenever I try on new shoes, I become very aware of how much the cushioning has worn down in my current shoes!


Running Room staff discount is a wonderful thing. I have found a few articles that talk about the benefits of rotating shoes to reduce injury and I fully believe them all (because I want to buy lots and lots of shoes). I do think that having different shoes for different running workouts or even activities is really beneficial. I love doing intervals in my light PureCadences, but I need a little more support for my long runs. It’s all about finding what works for YOU! 

Oh, you know how I said my mom really likes celebrating holidays. Well… green mashed potatoes were apparently necessary for St. Patricks Day dinner. They looked like Play-Doh. 


We also had lots of green vegetables yesterday as well.


I hope that I don’t come home with negative pay cheques every day, but I sure have learned a lot already about running shoes and I can’t wait to wear my new ones! Heel drops, pronation, outsoles, toe box… I have been absorbing it all. The most important thing I have learned about buying running shoes – find ones that work for YOU and your activities! 

What running shoes did you do your last run in? Favourite brand?

14 Comments

  1. Those are some sexxy sneaks!! love em. I jsut did my last two runs in my Saucony Triumphs. Love em and the colour!! I am waiing for my new balance 980s to come in…dying to try em!

  2. Those are some sweet shoes!!! Can you recommend a brand/type of shoes for a woman with slightly wide feet? (I’m currently wearing shoes I inherited from my teenage son, and yeah, kind of need a new pair). I have a Running Room a few blocks from work, so I could check out what you recommend!

    1. For wide feet, almost all shoes come in a wider width if you order them! The standard women’s width is B, but they are also made in D if you need the extra room! Some brands are also typically wider than others like Asics and New Balance.

  3. Love the new shoes! I am totally jealous of the discount. 😉 I ran my last long run in Asics Kayano 20. I need new shoes soon!! I enjoy rotating as well during training. It really does help prevent injury.

  4. I’ve run in the Newton Motion for a long time and still love them – by far my favourite, and the updated Motion III is even better. I’ve tried rotating in a few others along the way (Pearl Izumi, Asics, and NB Minimus) but the Newtons always seem to feel the best.
    – Shawn

  5. Can’t wait to pick up a new pair tomorrow while you are working! You forgot to mention the Irish Rovers playing in the background during dinner!

  6. Oh – I LOVE the colors!!! I have been running in Brooks Adrenaline for 3 years …but just this weekend purchased a pair of the new Mizuno Wave Inspire….cross your fingers they work 🙂

  7. i’m currently running in newtons, but am actually heading to the running store after work in search of a new pair… may have to try these new balances on, i have a long narrow foot as well!

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