It’s getting pretty serious…

6 Aug

I’m currently attempting to train for my second 1/2 marathon and as I valuably learned during triathlon training the key to running is in the shoes.

It had been about 2 years since my last running shoe fitting and while I did go through a couple pairs of my initial fitting shoes (Asics 2140 & 2150) and venture out testing some other styles from Nike (LunarGlide 2+ and LunarEclipse+)ultimately I knew I really wanted to get re-fit and see what as of now I should be running in.

Initially I was told that I had a tendency to slightly over-pronate so I need a more stability focused shoe. This time I was told that my gait is neutral – suck it stability shoes! The benefit to neutral running shoes honestly for me is the variety and wider array of color-way options; clearly very important things.

I tested 3 pairs of shoes (Saucony, Nike and Brooks). While I would consider trying the Nike Vomero 6+ that I tested the clear winner from my brief test of running back and forth outside Portland Running Company was the Brooks Defyance 4.

These shoes have been a game changer for sure. I’m now a handful of runs in and I feel stronger, able to push my endurance and ultimately I feel like I can focus on my form by having a shoe that is better suited to my gait.

So while the color way is a bit orange starburst fruit chew I’m learning to get over it – hopefully in a future release I can get some green or yellow in these bad boys. But if you see a relationship change in my Facebook status it’s probably going to be between myself and these shoes.

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