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?