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"New Shoes" ... such an obvious answer

My dear running sluthing friends, solve this mystery:

For the last few months, I found that it took longer to get settled into a run.  Every step was uncomfortable.  My legs felt heavy, there wasn't alot of spring in my steps.  My knees ached while running, my feet were sore.   I didn't have any specific injuries or pain after running, but my running itself was feeling less and less enjoyable.

If we were sitting across from each other at lunch and I blah, blah, blah explained this, what would have been your first or second question to me?   Oh wise ones, I am sure it would have been, "Do you need new shoes?" or some variation on that theme.   And my first response would have been, scoffing, "New shoes....ah come on, I have Dscn0982been running long enough to know and remember when I need new shoes..."   And then there would have been a long pause and a mental scan of the bottom of my favorite running pair.  And when I got home, you already know what I found.  Yep, shoes way, way, way, way, way past their prime.   

I get so busy that I forget to get haircuts, go to the dentist, and even do grocery shopping.  So, it shouldn't be suprising that I completely missed my regular scheduled trip to the shoe store.

I had a 12 miler coming up and really didn't want to run it in my elderly, beat down Addidas Addistars.  I was in a really desparate position.  So I said my Prayer to the Running Shoes Gods and ran into the store, and quickly asked for another round of the same shoe - might as well go with a tried and true friend on the eve of a long run.   And.....no luck.  They were out of both the old model and new model in my size.  So I sat down and tried a bunch on hoping for the magic glass slipper that 633422333973128798whurricane10_blue would make me run beautifully for 12+ miles.

I was very skeptical that any shoe could live up to my Addistars.  We have had a long relationship together.   But in the fitting area, the Saucony Hurricanes strutted its stuff.  I was impressed.  So impressed that with only a mile together on the treadmill, I trusted the pair enough to take them out for a long afternoon on the trails.   And it was wonderful!  It was the best run I had in a long time.  And no rubbing, no chafing, no problem being too tight here and too loose here.  And the many runs since the long one, they are still performing unbelieveably well.   

There is the refreshed feeling you have when you run on new shoes and then there is the floating miraculous feeling you have when you find the perfect shoe for your foot.   I thought I had found my one true love years ago, but I see now that he was waiting for me all this time.   

To the Saucony designers and staff who figured out how to put the stuff together to make this shoe into something that makes me more of a runner - I love you!  You are brilliant, genius group of people who I am certain are in need of a raise, a car, some jewels, a long vacation, a cold beer and a dozen chocolate chip cookies.  In the Saucony's Manifesto, you say at the end, "It is a good day when we get to run.  It is a great day when we inspire others to run."  I think your work here is done with this happy little runner. 

And back in runnerland, consider this your public service announcement to check your shoes.  It is that time of year when mileage adds up faster than think and it is always good to have more than one pair of favorite shoes.    Shoes can make the difference between good long run and a long run that is so good that you can't wait to do it all again.

And on a side note...why is it that the obvious answers are only obvious after you solve the problem?


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Amy, I just replaced my shoes and have only done 2 miles in the new ones. My old ones are pretty much shot. I am in a huge dilema with the 1/2 this weekend on which ones to use. Any long time runner advice???


I witnessed that 12 miler. :D Can't believe you ran it in new shoes with no probs. You've practically converted me. I may have to go try a pair on. hee hee

So glad you figured this out. I didn't realize you were feeling so yucky out there or I would have said something (yeah right! I'm such an expert)



I never think that it's my shoes. That reminds me...I'd better check out how many miles I have on those things. :)


I am breaking in a new pair of Brooks'Ariel. In theory, they are just like my other pair. But I find they hurt my right foot. Going to give them one more run when not whiny -- see if that helps. Otherwise, it may be a new model for me... gah...


For me, the first signs of knee pain are almost always the first indication that my shoes are worn and time to retire them. Good sleuthing.


I am a huge fan of Saucony's women's shoes, having tried other brands and finding that nothing has that Saucony fit. I always say I could do a commercial for them, I love their shoes so much.


Very cool - and pretty shoes.


I'm usually pretty good about keeping track of mileage, except for one time when my shoes crapped out too early. Ouch.

Tony Baker

This article is such good timing!!! I've been desperately reviewing running shoe website trying to figure out what manufacturer is right for the perfect run. I've given up on Nike completely, last three pairs just fell apart so quickly.

These Saucony designers shoes look very nice. I've actually never heard of them. I just might be giving them a try! Thanks for this article.


I never heard that,hope to have one.

Nike Free Running

Such a good writing, or by I saw for the first time. I'm quite happy, you are a good writer

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