diverting from the shoe norm.

I love this time of year.  Serious runners are mapping out their race calendars for the year, some are already training and some are posting about motivation, experiences and how to prepare for said races.  I LOVE IT!

While I consider myself a runner, I have a lot of work to do before I am back into racing shape.  My first step before jumping into that first workout was to replace my shoes.

I am a creature of habit, as most runners tend to be, so didn’t think twice about ordering my beloved Asics Gel Nimbus shoes.  I went with the 13′s (the latest version, 14, is awesomely colorful but pricey), as these are what i’ve been in most recently, loved and could get at a great price.


(from left to right) My Asics Gel Nimbus 12′s, old 13′s and new 13′s

While some shoe replacement recommendations are based on date (replace every 3 months) or mileage (300-600 miles), I typically go off of 2 factors: how I feel and the tread wear.  Figuring that I wore the same 2 pairs of shoes through my entire pregnancy (CRINGE),  you can bet they were worn into the ground.  I have a bad habit of doing this when not actively training for a race.  Consider this my inner-Monica Gellar coming out, trying to save money by not buying so many new pairs of shoes per year.  Dumb, I know.

I’ve worn my new Asics for 2 weeks now and, while they’ve been my favorites for years, there might be a problem.  My first runs in new shoes usually feel fantastic on my legs/feet, as though i’m running on clouds, but they haven’t felt this way thus far.  I’ve had some pain in my big toe (right foot), ball of my foot (right foot), and numbness (in both).

There are a number of possible reasons for this, like the fact that my body is still adjusting from pregnancy, so perhaps I am running differently.  Another possibility is that my feet just aren’t used to everything I am doing, let alone the foreignness (sure, it’s a word) of new shoes.  It could also be a foot issue.  I had surgery on my left foot back in 2003 & 2005 (2nd surgery was to fix an error from the 1st) to correct a hereditary problem and after a bad experienced, decided not to do my right.  I’ve had minor pain in my right in the past, but it’s usually only been when my running mileage is up during training.

One other major possibility… my beloved Asics might no longer be the best fit for me. GASP!  I’d hate for this to be the case, because, well, I love them, but maybe it’s time to divert from my norm and try something new.

What to do?

There are a lot of recommendations out there for finding the right shoe for you, such as trying out different styles and seeing what feels best (this can get expensive and you could end up in a shoe that could eventually cause an injury), the wet test, or my favorite- head to your local running specialty store to get fitted!  This is my go to because the professional you work with will usually watch you run, both in your shoes and let you try potential new ones.  So, this is where I plan to start.  Perhaps I am no longer a neutral-type runner that just needs lots of cushion… we shall see.

to be continued….

  1. What is your go to running shoe?
  2. What foot type do you have (neutral, pronator, over-pronator, under-pronator)?
  3. How do you pick out new shoes?
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13 Responses to diverting from the shoe norm.

  1. My go-to shoe is the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9. I am a moderate over-pronator so I need the stability.

  2. Nicole says:

    I tried so many shoes last year when I started running before I found one that worked for me. Luckily there is a local running shop in Lexington and they are so helpful, nice and let you bring back the shoes if they dont work for you. I wore one pair that I thought was okay until my toenail had a blister under it and had to be removed. Be careful running if there hurting you, the owner at John’s told me thats always a bad sign!

    • That is awesome that they let you bring back shoes that didn’t work- very cool! That is why I like roadrunnersports.com -I usually order shoes through them. You have up to 90 days to try out shoes and return no questions asked. I’ve only done it once, but it’s reassuring knowing that you’re not stuck with what you try out. Happy running!

  3. I used to wear Brooks Adrenalines. Wore them for 10 years! Since July I have been switching between my Ghost 5s (Brooks) and Pure Connects. I am still learning what the best shoe for me is since changing my gait. I was always told I needed more supportive shoes because of my ACL reconstructive surgery I had. However, I am learning that isn’t the case.

    I would try your shoes out for a couple more runs and see if they feel better. If not, can you return them. Maybe see if you can get fitted again? There are so many great shoe options right now. I really love both of the shoes I am alternating with right now. Good luck!

  4. J says:

    What do you do with your old running shoes?? do you keep them all!

    • I do not, just imagine my shoe closet if I did (stinky-haha)! I like to recycle them, but threw away my last pair, which I hate to do. Need to find a new local recycling location. What do you do with yours? Any recommendation?

      • j says:

        Why did you throw your last ones out? Ill email you some suggestions.

      • My last ones were thrown out because I was nesting and simply had to clean and make space at that exact moment. Watch out for pregnant women cleaning- we get determined when on a cleaning spree! HA! Please do e-mail me!

      • j says:

        How bad were they? Did they have holes in them?

      • Nope! They just had some wear in the typical wear patterns of a neutral runner, despite over wear on the pad of the left toe, but no holes. I am quick to replace shoes once I start to feel soreness in my feet and legs.

      • j says:

        How many old pairs do you like to keep around. Wow did it hurt throwin them out?

      • Usually 2 or 3 before I get rid of some. Right now i have 2 pair that are ready to move on (as in, they won’t really be worn anymore). I did hate throwing out the 1 recent pair I did, especially since I wore them last year in the month I ran 3 half marathons!

      • j says:

        Oh wow. Which one in the picture above are they? You havent thrown the other two out yet?

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