Two years of running and I managed to amass 4 pairs of runners. Not counting the ones I left back home, which if I remember correctly was 3 pairs. They were all Nikes and during that time I wasn’t so keen ( if I may say so ) to know more about running shoes, other than the fact that I used them for running. Period.
When I moved here, I decided to bring along my first ‘proper’ pair of running shoes- the Mizuno Wave Inspire 3. I wore it during my long flight to Vancouver and pretty much wore it everywhere since then, even if I’m not running, except of course, when I am indoors.
We’ve been through a lot of awesome runs.
I bought my Mizuno Wave Fortis 3, a month before my first 10K race in Nanaimo. My first pair was already worn out by this time. I’ve worn the Wave Fortis 3 everywhere I guess ( that a friend commented, “Why do you always have to wear your running shoes?’ ) It has been through all the seasons. It has carried me through all of my runs and served me well. I ran on it, one rainy day and was only too happy, to pull it off afterward, dripping wet. I wore it once when it was snowing that I got so cold feet. ( I did it, not out of loyalty to my Wave Fortsi 3 really but perhaps, out of plain stupidity. Besides I’m used to the comfy feel of my runners. And I thought that wearing a pair of boots on a snowy day is an overkill. )
And I thought I only love Mizuno. Well….
I ran in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-marathon ( my first actually ) using a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11. My first purchase of this year. I figured I can use a new pair of kicks to celebrate ( celebrate? What I was thinking?) my first 21K. Anyway, I did alright during the race. The shoes felt great on my feet until I made my way toward the Finish Line, when I felt a noticeable pain on my left foot. When I got back to my cousin’s place and took the shoes off, there it was, a black toenail. Ah, the ‘perks’ of running, eh…
Did a pretty good job with my first ultra….
Months later, I signed up for another race and this time, an ultra-marathon ( well to me, it was more of, like an ultra-walk but I did run parts of it though.) Another first for me. I had no plans to buy another pair of runners but it was called for so I did. I don’t want to get another black toenail ( which I’m sure I’ll do if I use my GTS 11). And my Wave Fortis 3 has had its run already and it was really worn out, that it kind of hurts my knees. So I head back to Frontrunners in Nanaimo and bought another pair. This time I got the Brooks Cascadia 6. It’s a trail running shoe but don’t really feel like one hence my decision to get it. My only issue with it, is about the shoelaces loosening mid-run. Annoying but I have no choice but to stop and tie it again, hoping it will stay tied until after I finish my run.)
So, there goes my short spiel about my runners. I’m a slave-driver when it comes to using them. They do cost a bit of money so I expect them to do their job. Well, it is really up to me. I mean, how I can I expect them to do their job, if I don’t go out for a run?
Okay, thanks for reading. Let’s keep running folks….
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