You may remember that a few months ago I declared that I was breaking up with my Brooks. I talked about how they just weren’t working for me anymore. The pure line was too narrow, the Launches had too much of a heel to toe drop, and I didn’t want to go with anything heavier. I started experimenting with the Saucony Kinvaras, but knew that I would need to continue looking for the perfect shoe.
Well, since that time, my shoe of choice has been all over the place. Each time I had a setback in a particular shoe, I become afraid to wear that one again. How ridiculous is that?! Even though I knew the shoe wasn’t to blame, I didn’t want to take any chances. So at the end of July when my foot flared up again I was nervous that the Kinvaras had played a part in that. (Even though I had a few weeks of good runs in them before my foot started hurting again).
I ended up back in the Launches, telling myself I would wear them now and suffer through the “heavier” feeling until I was completely healthy and could transition back to my lighter shoes of choice. Then I discovered the New Balance Vazee Pace. I had tried these on in the running store a few months ago, and found them on sale at Running Warehouse for just over $40.
I loved how these shoes were lighter, but had good arch support. I fell in love for about 3 weeks before I had another setback and stopped wearing them. Back to the Launches I went.
Then one morning I remembered that I had a pair of Pure Flow 4s in my closet that I had never worn. I had heard they were supposed to be a bit wider than previous models, plus it was getting cooler out so I figured my feet would be a bit smaller than they are in the summer. I tried them on and they fit like a glove. I immediately remembered why I love the pure line so much. I headed out for a run and felt the best I had all summer.
I have worn the Pure Flows for all of my runs for 2 weeks now. They do squish my toes together a bit more than all the other shoes I have, but it may be worth it if these really are the perfect shoes for me. I am trying to not assume that these shoes have helped me to run better but I do think I have become somewhat superstitious about shoes lately.
I am scared that I will have another setback while wearing the Pure Flows and then have to stop wearing them. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons why I don’t want to have anymore setbacks.
I do think there will be a place for all of these shoes in my running rotation, and I need to get it out of my head that any of these shoes are the cause of my problems. All I know is that when I put the Pure Flows back on, it was like I suddenly remembered how running shoes were supposed to feel.
I spent the summer trying to find which running shoes were best for me, and somehow ended up right back where I started.
Does anyone else have such difficult relationships with shoes?
Do you become superstitious about a running shoe if you have a bad run in them?