I'm absolutely loving my new running shoes.
A couple of weeks ago I visited my local Sweatshop to try out some new trainers. My old Asics were giving me blisters, and were not providing enough cushioning anymore. I was tempted to try some other brands, including Mizuno's and Brooks.
I originally tried the Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12s that were really light and bouncy, however they didn't have much cushioning and felt a bit too minimalist for my feet! My shins and ankles didn't feel supported enough. I will definitely try some other Mizuno's in the future and want to try more minimalist/barefoot shoes in the next few months, however, at the moment I am after a pair of replacement 'long run' trainers.
The great thing about Sweatshop is their policy that allows you to swap your trainers within 30 days, even if you have worn them outside!
I swapped the Mizuno's for a very jazzy pair of Brooks Ravenna 4's.
What's not to love about purple shoes with neon laces?
The Ravenna 4's are designed for 'in-between' feet- with a medium amount of support. They have quite a bit of cushioning, and your feet feel like they're getting a hug when you put them on! They're great for running on pavements, as they feel like they protect your knees, hips and ankles more than other trainers. They are very bouncy and despite the cushioning, remain very flexible.
I've been running in the Ravenna's for about 2 weeks now, and am loving them. I ran today in them at my weekly Nike and Elle Magazine run club, training for the We Own the Night 10K in May.
I ran in the Intermediate group again this week, with the plan to run 1Km intervals, 1K slowish 1K faster, for 7K. This didn't really seem to happen, as my splits were all around 8.30min miles!
I ended up in the middle of the group, running on my own. I made it my goal to catch up with the front group, which I did! It's easy to run at a pace you're comfortable at, and much harder to push yourself. I am guilty of often not pushing myself as much as I should do, so next week I am going to ensure I am in the front group again! I am only going to get faster by running faster!
What running shoes do you wear? Have you tried minimalist shoes?