I’ve posted a few times about things the running store has taught me. Before working there, I knew about brands of shoes I ran in. I knew the differences of under and overpronating as well as a neutral shoe, etc. I knew some shoes were better for certain occasions and some were not. It has really opened my eyes that there are different brands of shoes that might work for me. A few weeks ago I posted about the Glycerins and now that I’ve added a few miles to the Inov-8, I feel comfortable to say they are another shoe I like.
For instance I have run plenty of trails in Newtons. Newtons aren’t good for trails and yet I still did…until about 5 months ago… I rolled my ankle on a root once but just thought it was because I was clumsy. I didn’t think it was because Newton technology is made for running on pavement. Long story short, different shoes are made for different things. Now that I am working at a running store I can finally see that even more in action.
One shoe I’ve always been interested in but never could justify the price tag was the inov-8. Tim loves this shoe and trained for a couple years solely in this shoe. Actually our first running date, he ran in this shoe. When I asked him for his input for the blog he said: I ran in this shoe for two years, it was a good minimilist, firm, flat shoe. (Then said: I can’t be a blogger because my posts would be one sentence).
So when I saw an opportunity to try these running shoes for a cheaper price tag on The Clymb, I thought… why not. Inov-8’s have been advertised as a minimal trail shoe and I knew quite a few people who run in them. If I hated them they were a neutral light weight shoe that wasn’t obnoxious so I could walk around in them.
I don’t know why I decided to purchase the Inov-8 lite. As someone who normally runs in heavier shoes, it didn’t even make sense. They were a nice black pair of shoes and if nothing else I thought I could get away with them for casual wear. (You can’t do that with Newtons either). I put them on and the shoe felt firm and flat. Tim had said it would feel a little less snug then a racing flat but a lot lighter then any of my shoes.
Since it was beyond different from anything I have worn, I ran half of my run with them the first time. The run itself was 12.4 miles but I ran the same loop around the lake twice (a perfect 10k in them first). The first lap I wore the Inov-8s and then took them off and ran the second half in a pair of Glycerins.
One of my biggest worries for shoes is trying them too quickly and ramping up the miles in a new brand and model to fast (ie causing injury). So far I’ve run about 200 miles in the Inov-8s, mostly on trails in the forest. Although I’m not generally a minimalist person, I do like these shoes a lot when I know the majority of my run is on trails.
The Inov-8s are low to the ground so you don’t have to worry about rolling your ankles. As much as I love my heavier shoes, I’m petrified of rolling my ankle on trails and roots. I don’t think they’ll ever be a time I’m comfortable with running trails in Hokas.
Questions for you:
Have you ever tried Inov-8s?
What shoes are in your shoe rotation?
Right now I have Newtons, Inov-8s and Glycerins (and of course my racing flats). This is the most I’ve had.