It was weird to run on a treadmill for the first time in five years, especially with a stranger standing by my side. And it was even weirder to watch my feet step on a little TV screen in front of me. It made me self-conscious about how I was running. My left foot goes in a lot and it looks abnormal. But she said all it means is that I need shoes with more stability. She brought out a pair of size 9.5 mizuno alchemy (1), a pair of asics GT 2160 (2), and a pair of brooks adrenaline (3).
There is a lot of pink in women's running shoes these days and I'm not a huge fan. But it's about the feel, not the look, right? Right. The mizunos felt way too hard and were a no-go right off the bat. But I had a really hard time deciding between the brooks and asics. I've never worn anything but asics but the brooks felt very soft each time my foot struck the ground. They are designed with more arch support than most shoes, however, so the insole felt a little uncomfortable on my very flat feet. I was also between sizes. So forty-five minutes after I got there, and fifteen minutes after the store closed, I made a final decision to carry on my bond with asics.
I decided that I'd save the new kicks until after my race on Sunday. But when I got dressed tonight for my first run since the half, I couldn't resist giving them a chance to prove their worthiness. I laced 'em up and hit the road. They felt good, and, they carried me 4.55 miles at an average pace of 8:32 minutes per mile.
I do think my legs, and my heart, deserve some credit for the speed but it was a good way to begin the journey with my new Asic GT 2160s. I just wish they had a cooler name- like adrenaline or alchemy. I'll have to give them one...
I was decked out in new gear tonight, with the shoes and one of the many pairs of shorts I brought home with my from Friday's expo. These were black, no-frills, saucony shorts, and they were ridiculously comfortable. The material is so soft and thin that I barely knew they were there.
I also ran in long sleeves for the first time this season. It was too early and I was lookin real good with all this salty sweat for the world to see. Note to self: wear something under my dark gray cotton shirt when I plan to sweat in it.
What kind of running shoes do you wear? Do you care what they look like or is it all about comfort?