After yesterday’s declaration to be smarter, I’m reminded that I desperately need new running shoes. I’ve been running in my PureCadence 3s ever since I declared the death of my Mizuno’s during the first 6 miles of my marathon last fall. Don’t get me wrong- I really love my PureCadences- they fit my foot like a glove and help move me towards a midfoot strike- but these are not long distance shoes for me. I can run maybe 8 miles in them comfortably and since I’m (supposedly) training for a 20-mile race in 7 weeks, I need to be running a whole lot more than 8 miles.
So- shoes! What to do, what to do. Despite running regularly for over 2 years now, I feel like maybe I still haven’t found my perfect shoe. Do I keep putting my faith in the staff at my favorite running store? I feel like we made a bit of progress last time, as the Wave Inspire 9s worked pretty well for me, but I think there still may be a better shoe out there. I have very unique feet and pretty terrible running form (I’m working on it) as demonstrated during the Emerald City half last summer. Remember this?
I don’t know if shoes can help me not run on the outside edge of my foot or not, but I do know that with form like that I’m destined for injury (again).
I’ve taken the little shoe recommending tests on Brooks & Mizuno, since they are brands I’ve been running it. I’m sure those are completely accurate, right? Their recommendations:
Brooks Ghost. A neutral shoe, which seems smarter for me than a stability shoe as I obviously don’t need extra padding under my arch since my foot is already turning the other direction.
Mizuno Wave Sayonara This shoe is supposed to let my foot do what it wants to do naturally but still have a medium amount of padding to provide enough comfort for long runs.