Probably a lot.
Is there anything we love more about running than our shoes? Well, yes, we love our running friends, we love our bling, we love the rush of adrenaline at the start lines...but oh, how we love our shoes. Seriously, the shoes are the major players that make it all possible.
I have had many shoes come and go in my almost 13 years of running. Some have been bad, many have been good, and a select few have been great. I did a walk down memory lane awhile ago, highlighting some of my shoes a few years ago (in a post Because it's all about the Shoes), but a lot has happened since then.
Here's the favorites:
Nike Structure. Nikey was my first shoe love. They introduced me to running and guided me through my first -ever training experience (a local 5K).
|Nike Structure 17's...my prettiest pair of Nikeys|
On a whim, the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s we’re introduced to me. I was in the midst of training for my first marathon, the Quad Cities Marathon (September 2013) and got these for a discounted price because they were from the previous season. Oh my. Can you say, Love At First Run?
|These babies were my true sole mate...|
Since these Wave Inspires 8's were "previous season" shoes (and I wore them for so long), the next available model was the Wave Inspire 11's. These were comfy shoes, but they just weren't the same. As we all know, almost every new version of a shoe has a few tweaks to it. You know, the manufacturer's attempt to improve on what's already a perfect shoe. Well, that works for a lot of runners; the improvements and upgrades are subtle enough, the fit feels the same. I, however, have pretty high-maintenance feet...I over-pronate something terrible, my arches are unusually high, and my feet are slightly asymmetrical in size and shape. UGH. I'm one of the chosen few who can feel almost every new tweak, and not usually in a good way.
|My two pairs of Wave Inspire 11's|
...and the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 15's went home with me. And, thus began another wonderful running relationship. Oh, these Brooks were SO comfy and did not need any breaking in.
|Aren't these pretty?|
After the ultra, I bought the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16's. I had been wearing the first pair of 15's for a year, and the second pair for about eight months. And, I had the Route 66 Marathon happening a few months later. Similar to my Wave Inspire 11's experience, the Adrenaline GTS 16's had a similar scenario....they felt good, but not quite as great as their previous model (the 15's). I did buy a second pair of them, though, and alternated between both pairs during my Route 66 training.
|The two pairs of Adrenaline GTS 16's|
I wore them for Grandma's Marathon (June 2017), then abruptly put them in hibernation 12 days later following my emergency surgery. They stayed in my closet for those three months while I was sidelined, and they were ready and waiting for my return to running after my recovery was finished. They then saw me through five races, helped me earn an AG award, and carried me along the Las Vegas strip for the R'nR Half Marathon in November. My rally back was pretty epic, and these babies played a big part of it.
|These WI 13's were my rally back shoes after my 3-month running sabbatical|
|My current kicks...Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17's|
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Have you been brand loyal, or have you had to switch back and forth between various brands as the models have been modified?
**I'm linking up with Marcia and Patty and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run. We're chatting about shoes. Join the conversation!
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