Thursday, November 29, 2012

Making A Change

Runners are creatures of habit. We eat the same foods prior to long runs, we have the same pre-race rituals, we wear a certain outfit. Many of us tend to do the same thing with our shoes. With running shoes, I've always thought, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' and have been wearing the same shoe (although they keep updating it and changing the number) for two years.

Well, for some reason, I decided to make a change. I wanted to try out a lighter weight shoe. The Brooks Adrenaline 12s that I've been wearing are great, don't get me wrong, but I also know that they were suggested for me when I was training for marathons. (The way I run, I need a support shoe) Since my plans for 2013 do NOT include a 26.2, I thought it was the perfect time to look at new models of shoes.

I tried the lighter weight Brooks shoe. Of course. I love my Brooks and have had about 10 pairs of them in the last three years. Unfortunately, they didn't feel right. The sales rep brought out the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7s. I told him that I've never tried on a Mizuno shoe and he looked at me like I was a crazy person. He said, "You'll love them!" I told him that I'm a Brooks girl and I tried them on. WOW! Immediately, I was ready to buy them! But, I ran up and down the aisle a few times to be sure, but I really wanted to go for a run in these shoes.

Pretty, aren't they?!


With running shoes, if they don't immediately feel like you can go out and run in them, do NOT buy them! You should NOT need to break them in. However, many models of shoes you should wear them several times for shorter distances as they use different muscles and you need to get used to how your body and the shoes work together. The Wave Elixirs are that way for me since I've been wearing such heavily cushioned shoes.

Here we go! (Don't you just love the
pink socks with the blue/purple & orange shoes?)

When I went out for my first run in them, they felt great. I concentrated on my form, but noticed a little bit different foot strike (which was my goal with the lighter weight shoes). 3.1 miles was my limit for the run to make sure that I didn't over-do it.

LOVE! Yes, LOVE my new shoes! I wore them for a second run of 6miles and had no issues. I will be keeping my Adrenaline's around for my longer runs, but these are definitely a winner for shorter distances! So happy that I went outside of my comfort zone and tried something new!

Do you ever go outside your comfort zone and try new shoes, or are you a creature of habit like I usually am?

4 comments:

  1. With running shoes, I have no choice but to change them often as the new models of my shoes are changed enough that my feet don't like them anymore. :-(

    With everything else in life, I'm like a pendulum. I'm a creature of habit until I get bored then I drastically change everything and stick with it for a long time until I get bored....

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    1. At least you get to try out lots of different kinds of shoes, right?! :)

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  2. I love Mizunos! I ran my first marathon in Wave Runners but after that, the new model didn't agree with my feet. I'm in ASICS now and I try not to be brand/model conscious and just wear what fits my foot.

    Jennifer :)

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    1. That's a great plan, Jennifer! Who knows where I'll go from here, but definitely open to more possibilities than I was before!

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