“Shoes? Kit has it from brands A to Z”
That was what a friend said some time back. I have to admit that I have quite a number of shoes these days. I collect Chuck Taylors and unconsciouly, since I started running, I have acquired a good number of running shoes. When a runner friend asked me how many pairs of running shoes I bought last year, I shyly answered 4.
When I started running, I was really not aware of the importance of running shoes. i just wore what I have. I used a pair of Reebok Hex Ride for my 1st 5k because it was the only pair I had. It was ok but I felt pain in my arch area. I wore it several times until someone gave me a pair of Nike running shoes. The nike shoes I had were not that comfortable either.
I decided to buy a good pair of running shoes and thanks to running magazines, I got introduced to foot analysis. I went to Runnr to have my foot analyzed and found out that I need medium stability shoes. The first pair I bought was a New Balance 740. It was good. I still use it when I go home in the province.
I got a brooks Adrenaline X when I did a sub 50 finish in my 2nd 10K race. I really like how comfortable it is. That time I was convinced that I have found the shoe for me. But then, I saw K-Swiss K-Ona S. It was love at first site that I bought it right away after finding out that it was a stability shoe.
From then on, K-Ona S became my race day shoes while Adrenaline X became a training shoe (alternating with the NB 740). November last year, after finishing a couple of half marathons, I posted a photo of a pair of Newtons on my facebook wall. It was a birthday wish since I got intrigued with Newtons.
Newtons went on sale the week of my birthday but the one I wanted (Newton Stability Racer) was out of stock. I tried on the Newton Sir Isaac S and went home with it. The Newtons became part of my training shoes as I wanted to increase speed. I tried using it for a long distance practice run and I had blisters. I tried it for a 15K run and was able to finish the distance in 1 hour 5 minutes (my fastest 15K) I manged a podium finish in that race. Still had blisters after the race.
K-Ona S was my companion during my 1st and 2nd marathons. My first two marathons were strong finishes for me so I had no complaints with my K-Onas. I just wish that my foot would still feel comfortable after running a marathon.
2011, I was thinking of buying a new pair. I wanted to try running with Asics but I realized that I already have a lot of shoes so I decided to do it at a later. I registered in a trail run and bought a New Balance trail running shoes.
I think I am a running addict. I wanted to run with friends before going on a short vacation but work made it impossible for me to go home and change. Running late for the running group, I entered a Mizuno store in my office clothes and went out in running clothes. That was how I got my Mizuno Wave Inspire 7. It felt great so I decided to wear it initially during trainings with a note of using it on a race.
I got my Asics running shoe April this year. It was a gift from a friend who likes my running posts. It was not a stability shoe but since it was given, I used it for some training runs. I used Wave Inspire for my race last Sunday and I am not so happy with the blisters I got.
So there goes my shoe story. I hope I don’t buy myself another pair for the next six months.