It is true. Sometimes we just get stuck in what seems to be working, but until we step back and look at things from a new perspective or different angle, until something forces us to re-evaluate the situation, we continue along the same path, making modest gains, or improvement, but not really busting out.
I am a little stuck, but about to bust out, and all because I decided to try a different pair of running shoes. I am a novice, recreational runner, with only a couple years of experience at this whole running thing, I have tried probably 3 different brands, and 5 different styles of running shoes. My most recent favorite is the Saucony Kinvara.
I transitioned from Brooks Ghost to Kinvara last year when I had ITB issues. I thought a lighter, closer fitting shoe would help, and I loved the way the Kinvara’s felt on my foot when running. It never really occurred to me that the lightweight Kinvara might not be the very best training shoe, especially for longer distances. This winter I began experiencing a tight right calf and achilles and ankle soreness during and after my long runs, but stretching and icing helped, so I didn’t think much about it. Since the Kinvaras are only good for 200-300 miles, I began looking for a new shoe-something of similar weight and heel-toe drop.
Here’s something you don’t know about me: I hate change and I hate to make decisions. I really wanted to buy the new Kinvara 6 when it came out, just because I love my Kinvaras.
Just because you love something doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
So I searched, and searched, I tried my practically brand new pair of Ghost 6’s again-too high, too heavy. I tried my old Limited Edition Boston Kinvara 5’s for 1 last race and now they are really done-my big toe went through the top.
I searched the Brooks and Saucony web sites hoping to find answers. Should I switch shoes and what should I try? I searched my closet-a repository of cast off running shoes.
As I prepared for my long run last weekend I knew I had to try switching it up. The plan was to head out from my house and run out and back, so I decided to try something from my closet. I chose the lightest pair of shoes that were not Kinvaras- and those happened tp by my Brooks Pure Flow 2. My very first pair of Brooks were the original purple Pure Flow, and they were fine. For some reason I guess I figured I should graduate to a more advanced running shoe, so it never occurred to me that the best running shoe is whateever works for you!
So far, this might be the most brilliant, not really planned move I have made in my realitively very short running life. My Brooks Pure Flow 2 were light weight, but cushiony enough so that my ankle, achilles and legs felt great during my run AND during my recovery. My legs and body have not felt so great after any length run in a long time. For the year and a half since I have been training for and running half marathons, I just figured my legs were not used to running longer distances, that my body was too old, I was not conditioned, and the list goes on and on. I am actually looking forward to my 11 mile run today-although it is cold and rainy.
Unfortunately, the reviews I have read for the PureFlow 3 and 4 are not great. I may have to stock up on the PureFlow 2’s for now, just as I did with the Kinvara 4’s.
So as I sit here waiting for the rain to subside, getting ready for my second long run in my Brooks Pure Flow 2’s, I am reminded about how long it took me to take the leap and try something new. It is hard to step outside of your comfort zone, but what is the worse that can happen?
A bad run is better than no run.