For my training for the Portland Marathon this year, I decided to give the most recent edition of Asics Gel Kayano shoes. They were my trusty companions through over 200 miles of training.
I’ve been noticing during my last few post-marathon runs that my feet and ankles feel more tired than normal. Add that to even tighter than normal calfs, it seems as though it’s time for me to get new shoes.
For my speedwork last night, I opted to use the Saucony Guide 9s that I have hanging out in my closet.
This sounds great right?
In theory, it is. However, my issue with these shoes is that, because I have super narrow feet (AA coming at you), the ball of my foot and my toes move back and forth within the toe box.
These shoes have been sitting in my closet for a while because of this, so I was interested to see if my opinion could change.
During my speedwork last night, I loved the fact that my feet felt springy and relaxed. It really made a difference in how fast I was able to run. BUT I was having some trouble with the feeling that I was wearing clown shoes, since the toe box is so wide. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a fan of my feet moving around in my shoes (hello, blisters!).
So, in summary, I like the way the Saucony shoes feel better than the Asics, but I really like that the Asics come in AA so my feet don’t flop around during my run. I’ll probably give the Sauconys another try, but I think it’s time to make my way to my local running store for some new shoes.
What are your favorite running shoes?