Why, you might ask? Because my feet (and knees, hips, AKA my lower body) will now enjoy running in these new babies. The time had come to retire my old Asics Gel-Kayanos for the newer model.
If you have never been professionally fitted for a running shoe, I strongly urge you to do so soon. In fact, go now. Yes, now.
A proper fit in the shoe best suited for your running style, frame, etc. is essential to your overall running performance and experience. I know running shoes can be pricey, but the pair that is right for you is PRICELESS. You are worth the investment in yourself.
Try on several pairs, don't rush your decision. Most stores will do a stride analysis, maybe a wet test or computer analysis to narrow down your type of running style. At the very least, they should watch you walk, even jog a few steps so they can check for pronation. Ask about their return policy also, just in case something isn't right after you run in them.
Keep track of the miles logged on each pair and remember to replace them every 200-300 miles or if you start experiencing any nagging soreness or issues. I try to alternate my shoes between my long and short runs to stretch their life a bit longer. About a month or so before the big event, I like to buy a new pair and break them in (about 40-50 miles logged) before marathon day.
After being a dedicated Mizuno girl, I am currently giving the Asics Kayanos a whirl. They give me more motion control on longer runs when my form can get all loopy. A new pair feels like running on a cloud. And that's a nice feeling.
Play us on out James...
What's on your feet these days?