New Shoes?

Since working at a running store the shoes I have run in have drastically changed.  I’ve taken time to experiment and slowly realized what shoes work better for me. I’ve even tried new brands!  Before a few months ago I had always done training runs in Newtons.  I thought I might always run in Newtons.  I really thought I was (hashtag) a #newtonwearerforlife

Similar to your first boyfriend (or girlfriend) when you think they are perfect for you because you don’t know anything else.  Now I am sitting here after trying several brands and I realize…I do like other things!  Newtons will always remain in my shoe rotation but I have currently added a couple of new shoes.

First, I’ve often said but I am a maximum support, heavy shoe person.  I don’t like to train in light shoes.  I’ve tried to run in sketchers, in light kinvaras, in minimilist shoes and they don’t work for me.  I find the bottoms of my feet sore and I find running less enjoyable.  Unless it’s a race, I’m probably running in heavy, high cushion shoes.

Newtons Distance and Gravity

Before donating last year.
Before donating last year.

These have always been staples in my running shoe rotation.  I probably won’t ever remove them.  They are both great shoes and both have enough support in the forefront for my running style.

The distance are a lighter weight version of the gravities.  I am often asked if I would recommend Newtons to others.  The answer is YES but you cannot just begin running in them.  You must slowly progress into them.  (A post for another day)

The first new pair of shoes I’ve fallen in love with is the Brooks Glycerin.  There is so much support and cushion in this shoe.  I’ve already put roughly 400 miles on my first pair and have not looked back.  Normally when trying new running shoes after 100 miles I’ve determined I don’t like them.  That is not the case here.  I love them.  It’s like you are running, skipping and prancing on a pillow.  I cannot sing Brooks Glyercins enough songs.  They are currently my favorite shoe and that is saying a lot for me because I’ve worn the same shoe for a solid 4 years of running prior.


The second pair I’ve started to try is the Asics Nimbus.  As far as support goes, they are another maximum support shoe.  I know a lot of people don’t like the heavy weights but I do.   I’ve run about 100 miles in these shoes.  So I guess we will see what happens in the next 100!


So there you have it.  I guess I’m onto college boyfriends in my shoe staples.  I’m not breaking up with my first love of Newtons but I have found some very solid (and possibly better for me) shoe choices in the Brooks and maybe even the asics.

(And no, no one paid me for writing this post.  These are my thoughts and personal discoveries.  I wish someone would have paid me for some of the boyfriends I dated to get to this point).

Questions for you:

Favorite training shoe?

Tell me a story about your first boyfriend or girlfriend.  (Bonus points if it brings the LOLZ)