Two years ago if you told me I’ll be posting pictures of my new Mizunos instead of my new Manolos, I would have laughed at your face.
But things change and I am now as excited about running shoes as I am about outrageously expensive heels.
Earlier this week I wrote about how I spent $100 on new running shoes. I actually went to Marathon Sports (whether you just started running or are already a pro, I highly recommend having your feet/gait analyzed, and these guys do a great job) for a personal consultation on which shoe will fit me best. I am already pretty familiar with my feet and running form – I had plantar fasciitis last year and ended up taking a couple of months off running, did a ton of research about it, then saw a trainer/PT to make sure I heal properly and prevent future injuries – so I was not surprised by the “analysis” (after the Marathon Sports guy made me run/walk multiple times): narrow feet, high arch, some movement around the ankle, tendency to overpronate. And the perfect pair for me is apparently Mizuno.
bright and shiny
A little background on my situation: last month, I felt the unwelcome strains of plantar fasciitis starting up again. I think I killed my feet with the hours of walking in Italy (I’m not complaining!) then immediately running two 5ks (Vision 5K and Chase Corporate Challenge). I remember how depressed I was when I was forced to take a 8 full weeks off running last year (then have to slowwwwwly get back to it) and I didn’t want it to happen again, so as soon as I started feeling some heel pain again, I decided to take a break for 3 weeks. I didn’t want to risk it and even though I had running withdrawal symptoms, I kept myself busy. I also thought it was time to buy new running shoes.
The verdict on the new Mizunos? I love them! I ran 3 times this week and my feet feel great. The shoes fit really snugly, and my feet feel more stable/supported. These are much better than the New Balance WR1063 (not enough arch support) or Asics Gel-Cumulus 12 (too wide) that I used to wear. I thought I wanted the Nike Luna Racers but Santa didn’t deliver after talking to a friend who owns a running shoe store, realized it won’t be a good fit for me. So Mizuno it is! In all honestly, I almost didn’t buy this pair because I wasn’t too crazy about the color (I wanted something in hot pink or orange or purple) but they really felt so great on my feet that I shelled out the money right then and there.
It is my first time trying this brand and I’m glad I did. I only hope I don’t get any heel pain again (I am so paranoid now with plantar fasciitis because I really hated it when I was forced to stop running) so I’m trying to take it easy for another week or so. But I’m looking forward to running many miles in my new shoes! These shoes may not make it to Carrie’s closet, but I’m very happy with them :)
but if there are any fairy godmothers out there, I’m a size 81/2
What’s your favorite brand of running shoes? Have you ever had a running injury? How long did it take you to heal completely?