See? It’s the truth.
(Being a graphic designer is so fun.)
I have a package arriving for me at some point today and I’m REALLY excited about it. Actually it was supposed to be at my house yesterday and FedEx refused to leave it even though I requested 2-day shipping and put a signed note on the door for them. Bite me, FedEx.
WHATEVER COULD IT BE!?
If you guessed “new shoes”, you are a genius or you are really good at deciphering obvious clues like this blog title.
Oh hi, Brooks Pure Connects!
I hope I love you more than the Mizunos!
Why are these coming to live with me now after I like JUST got new shoes at the end of February? The Mizuno Wave Rider 17’s were a birthday present from my wonderful, shoe-hoarding-enabler husband. I purchased them after finding out that the Brooks Adrenalines I had been running in since last summer (all 2 pairs of them) were what was most likely responsible for my tendonitis. In the store, I fell in love with the Mizunos immediately. They felt perfect. I was also kindly told that if our relationship didn’t work out, I could return them within a 2 week period of time.
The problem is…I was on my running hiatus then. So by the time I actually ran in the shoes enough to decide that I hated their guts, I was outside of my 2 week return window. In their defense, switching to a neutral shoe has been instrumental in helping in my recovery. On the other hand, I think any neutral shoe would have done just as good a job and probably wouldn’t have mauled my feet in the process. I have blisters in some very confusing places such as on the TOPS of my toes? Also the shoes have rubbed an area of wicked discomfort on the little toe joint of my left foot. I guess the silver linings to this are:
- It has taken my mind off any discomfort I might have been feeling in my right ankle, and
- It forces me to dress like Punky Brewster at the gym.
Thanks to a Google, I learned that it was not just me having these issues. It sounds like quite a few people that were devoted to their Wave Riders are heavily PO’ed about the redesign. So I decided to cut my losses and look for a new pair of shoes because there is just no way in hell I could run a marathon in the Mizunos and walk away with my feet still in tact. I was very close to buying a pair of Brooks Ghosts when I bought them, so I started there with my research.
The reason I didn’t go with the Ghosts was because although they were pretty light on my feet, they also felt kind of clunky. After poking around on the Brooks website and reading a bunch of reviews, I fell upon the Pure Connects.
Pure Connects are more minimal than I’m used to. Because I always thought I was an overpronator, I thought a more minimal shoe would be out of the question for me. Now that I know I’m not, I’m really excited to see what these feel like. They are apparently perfect for folks with narrow feet and high arches (both of which I have). Some of the reviews claimed they are great shoes for trail and if they work out for me, my marathon just so happens to be on a trail. And the best part? I found last year’s model in my size which means there was a very modest price tag attached to them so if they don’t work out? No big deal.
I’m counting down the minutes until the FedEx store calls me and lets me know my package is there. Because I had to get my package shipped to a FedEx store nearby. Because FedEx wouldn’t leave it at my house. Even though I put a note on the door saying to just leave the damn package. ::rageface::
Then it’s off to packet pickup for my 10K on Saturday!! (I love packet pickups! I’m such a huge nerd!)
How many pairs of running shoes do you have?
Which are your favorites?
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