I have mixed feelings about new shoes. Call me sentimental but I have a hard time benching my old kicks that have helped me cross so many finish lines. After I had Mackenzie I was desperate to lose weight. I had hatched a plan to start training for a half-marathon, my first half-marathon. Justin surprised me one date night and took me to Portland Running Co to have my stride analyzed. With their help, I picked Saucony ProGrid Guide 3. They felt like heaven. I was excited to run. I had never felt so comfortable in a running shoe. I ran injury free my first half-marathon.
|my running pals|
I got pregnant again. I stopped running. I fantasized about that first run back out there. Three weeks post baby #2, I wobbled down the block in my Sauconys. A few weeks later, I fist pumped at the 2 miles mark. I started training for a 10k. I ran the Cinco de Mayo 10k on Mother's day. Of course that led to training for a second half-marathon. I decided it was time to replace the Saucony. But being a girl of habit I called PRC to order the exact pair I had before. The same color would be fine too. Sadly, Saucony ProGrid Guide3 were no longer being made. WHAT??? Heartbreak. It wasn't that I looked so awesome in these shoes, it was that I knew they did the job. I knew they felt great on my feet. The sales lady sent me a pair of the newest Saucony ProGrid Guide4, that were supposed to feel similar to the 3s. They didn't. I tried to love them. I started training in them. Almost immediately a hole formed in the toe of the left shoe. I went back to wearing my original Saucony. I ran my second half in them.
|The second pair, that never quite cut it.|
Last week, during my 8th week of training for my third half-marathon I knew it was time. My original-dear-to-me Saucony were toast. I have started to get minor aches and pains on my long runs, which is why I chose not to wear them for the Shamrock 15k. I made my way to PRC again. I brought my old shoes (both pairs) and running socks. I had done some research so I had an idea what I wanted. They brought out the style I was after (a slightly lighter shoe) and I hit the track. They told me my form had changed since I first began and I didn't need quite so much support from my shoe. I decided on Brooks Ravenna 3. Sadly, I didn't support our local business because I had a gift card to use at REI, so I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of these beauties. They should be at my doorstep today! And my ol' girls are now retired.
|The new kicks|
Advice for buying new shoes:
- Go some place local (not the big box store) where they're trained to help find the right shoe for you.
- Bring what you have been running into the store
- Don't feel pressured to buy something on the spot
- Be honest about how things are feeling
- If you are training for distance, do not buy simply on how something looks or what it matches...seriously.
- If you buy them and don't love them (learn from me) bring them back!
- If you've amped up the training, lost weight, or worked at changing your form, you probably need to upgrade your shoes.