Post # 1
So I am thinking about upgrading my running shoes. I’ve been trying to slim down a bit for the big day in July, and running is the best way I know how. Plus it’s such a great stress release! I love the ones I currently have, but I’ve had them for quite a while and I think it’s just time for new ones. So I thought I would turn to the Hive for some recommendations 🙂 I know I should go to the store and try them on (and I will!), but I always like to hear first-hand experience as well! And I think some experiential input can help set me in the right direction for my search. I currently have a pair of Gel Asics. I vary my route between a flat area of the neighborhood and some hilly cross country trails. What do you Bees run in?? Thanks!! 🙂
Post # 3
I reccommend going to a store that specializing in running and having a shoe fitted. It can make a world of difference for your joints. Different people have different foot shapes and gait patterns. I personally have a neutral foot, and I run in Pearl Izumi Cruise. I also do really like Asics as a brand in general, but again, they make many different types of shoes, so find out what kind is right for you.
Post # 4
I agree with missrobots 100%. Everyone is different. Ff you are serious about running you should have a professional check out your running style and they’ll fit you in something that will be best for your feet! It’s free! Just go to a specialized running store and anyone will help you.
I have Asics!
Post # 5
I agree about going to a running store. That said, I love Mizunos, they’re so light and cushiony, I’m on my 5th or 6th pair right now. Also, my sister is a pretty intense runner, and she just got really into Brooks, which are also amazingly light.
Post # 6
You can also do an online test on some sites (Mizuno, Brooks, etc) to see which shoes you should get. I over pronate and just got new Brooks shoes and I’m in love!!
Post # 7
Wow! Such great advice! I had no idea that there even existed running specialty stores! This is very exciting! The gal at Lady Foot Locker, she was sweet, but I think she was new and young and didn’t really know what to tell me.
I’ve been a “jogger” off and on for a while. But you know how weddings inspire people to get their booties in shape! So I went out and bought that Nike chip, and I sewed it to my shoe with some velcro. It’s really fun and motivating to run with it! I’m trying to jog at least 3 times per week now, but I kinda tweaked my knee this past week so I’m staying off of it for a bit.
Sadly, the tweak is what inspired me to check my shoe situation! I’m so thankful for all of your Bee input! It has been extremely helpful!
What kinds of running/jogging do y’all do? What is motivating for you? I really want to stick with it this time. I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!
Post # 8
i wear a pair of nikes…i don’t remember what the actual name is but i haven’t gone into any of the running stores to get properly fitted but i haven’t had any complaints so far. they’re much better than the first pair of nikes i was running with.
i got them mainly because i wear nike exclusively [not sure why but i do] and i do use the nike chip as well. i love it. i believe you can buy a little sling to attach to your shoelaces as well.
just found a sling on amazon: http://amzn.to/dQdpwo
i run about 2-3 times a week, just around my neighborhood. there are some inclines, which ups the difficulty and intensity but i’m still mostly walking up hills. i’m slowly working towards doing a 10k. for me, what motivates me is just being healthy and being outside. plus, i’ve signed up for a few 5k races this summer so that definitely keeps me in the constant “training” mode. plus, with the nike plus chip i know how well i’m doing and that’s quite addicting, in and of itself.
Post # 9
@tea: Thanks for the link, I’ll have to check it out 🙂 Cool, yes! Do you use the Nike “coach”? I signed myself up for the 10K training as well! We’ll see how I do though, I’m only in week 4. I had to restart my training after a month because my fiancee wanted to start running with me :0) Kinda slowed me down a bit, but it’s worth it because its fun to have a buddy along and it’s nice to spend time together out in the sunshine!
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My favorite is asics. For cross training (like p90x and Insanity excercises) I use Mizunos because they’re light on my feet. It helps when I do the plyometric excercises (jumping excercises).
I’ve been running long distance and training for marathons over 10 years, and the best thing I’ve ever done for myself is going to a specialty store to get running shoes just right for me. =) At the specialty stores, they will watch the way you run/walk, take a foot print, and look at your arches. So they just don’t test what your foot looks like…but they also check how you run. Everyone pronates their feet/ankles differently. Once you know what shoe best fits YOU, then you don’t have to worry about getting different shoes all the time. You can look for the same model and wait for discounts! That’s what I do now.
Also, the rule of thumb is change your shoes after 500 miles. If you’re going to be running quiet often, you don’t want to be wearing worn out shoes. You don’t want to ruin your knees or anything else!
Post # 12
As others have said, find a salesperson who really knows what they’re talking about (ie not some random person at Footlocker). Personally, since I have narrow feet and high arches, I love Asics – they’ve ever let me down.
Post # 13
I’m in love with my Nike LunarGlides!
Post # 14
I have a pair of Nike Frees (3.0) but wasn’t getting enough support on them (they are “minimalist” very light running shoes) so have just got a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS – it is like running on clouds, pretty good stuff!
The recommendation to go to a specialist running shop is an excellent idea. You can also check out the reviews in Runners World to get an idea of pros/cons of different shoe models as described by users and/or testers:
Post # 15
I agree to have a specialist at a running store suggest something, though personally I wear Mizunos. I have extremely high arches and the foot pain I’d been having totally went away when I switches to the Mizuno Wave Creation model.
Post # 16
asics gels are super, have been running in my current pair for 18months, should really get a new pair but they are v comfy!