Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is It Shoe Love?

"Good-bye, Not-So-Old Friends"
I changed my running shoes. I was happy with my previous pair... except that I've been having ankle and knee pain. Even with the insoles I purchased last week, my joints have been nagging me while I run.

I bought my running shoes and insoles at Road Runner Sports . They have an incredible return policy! They give you 60 days to try out your shoes and 30 days for the insoles. If you aren't happy, they will take them back.

So, I decided to exchange my shoes for a pair with more cushion. I wanted to do some research first, so I went online. I went straight to Runners' World and stumbled upon a video of their Editor's Picks for shoes. The first pair reviewed looked like a winner to me... Asics (ding!). Stabilizing (ding! ding!). And cushiony (ding!, ding!, ding!). The shoe was this one:

This is the Asics Kayano 15. It is built for those who need stability and also has added cushion. The laces are designed to follow the natural curve of the foot. They aren't much heavier than my Asics 2140s , which were nice & light.

When I tried the Kayano on at Road Runners' it was as if a heavenly light shined down on my Kayano covered feet. I could almost hear the angelic singing that goes along with moments of divine intervention (well, at least as they appear on TV).

Yes, they felt that good!

I ran on the treadmill at the store with them. I had the shoe expert record my feet as I ran just to make sure they were the right shoe for me. He said they looked good. Yay!

The great part is, after exchanging my 2140s and the insoles, the new shoes cost me nothing. Normally, they are about $40 more than my 2140s. I was happy to go home and tell my husband (who is extremely supportive, by the way) that I upgraded my shoes at no extra expense!

Keep in mind, I have not really run in them yet. I plan to put my new babies to the test tomorrow. Hopefully, they work as well as they feel!

My Stats So Far This Week
Monday: 3 miles on the treadmill
Tuesday: 3.9 miles on the road
Wednesday: Day off*

*I meant to do some strength training and core work today but I slacked off.


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good luck with the new shoes. I hope they work out just as well for you outside as they did on the treadmill. :-)

Oz Runner said...

I keep reading great things about the Kayanos....hope they help with your knee/ankle pain....

Melanie said...

Hope the new kicks work for you, and get rid of the pain! Finding the right shoes has been a work in progress for me, but hopefully i've found my match now. Enjoy your run!

Sarah said...

New shoes always make me happy. :) I hope that you love them!

BeachRunner said...

There is nothing better than great new shoes. And that pair sounds like a match made in heaven for you. Good luck with the new kicks.

Anonymous said...

I'm also an Asics fan, but recently I've been getting a bit disappointed since they always change the models. A GT2130 is different then a GT2140:-( Finding the right shoe is the beginning of all running, so good luck in your new finding.

tfh said...

SO COOL that you got them without having to shell out any extra cash. Hope they feel as super on your run as they did in-store.

Denise said...

That is a great return policy. I buy from a local running store so they are pretty flexible with taking them back, too. I usually try to stay on the treadmill the first couple runs to make sure they will be ok.

MCM Mama said...

Yay for new shoes! I used to love the Kayanos. I ran in them for years! I wear Mizuno Wave Riders now because it turns out I don't need all the stability, but I still occasionally run in my old kayanos. Hope they keep feeling good!

joyRuN said...

LOVE new shoes! Hope they treat you well :)