If The Shoe Fits…

New year, new you shoe?

I have been faithful to my Asics running sneakers for about 5 years now. I switched from Nikes after a few minor injuries, and never looked back. Asics have been very good to me, from marathons to half’s and 5Ks. My last pair of Asics got me through my entire year in Costa Rica. They will always hold a special place in my heart BUT I’ve decided to try something new. Maybe it’s a mid-running life crisis?

It all started with a gift certificate my Mom gave me to the New England Running Company store in Beverly, Massachusetts. If you are a runner and live on the North Shore, I highly recommend this place. It reminded me of my favorite Boston running store Marathon Sports: It’s a small place with a smaller selection, but only in the sense that they’ve ruled out all the non-quality options for you and left only the best. Quality above quantity: This can not be said for many of the larger sporting goods stores.

Also, like Marathon Sports, the customer service at the New England Running Company is top-notch. They know what you’re talking about, they take the time to measure, fit, and watch you walk and run. By the time you’re ready to try on shoes, they have narrowed it down to only 2 or 3 options.

For me, it came down to the trusty old Asics and a new pair of Brooks Defyance 5. I ran in both, I liked both. The Asics felt familiar and comfortable, but the Defyance gave a little extra support on my high arch that I really liked.

I debated for awhile, and in the end it all came down to looks. I know you shouldn’t choose a shoe based on looks, but come on:

It looks like the 80’s threw up on these sneakers, in my personal opinion.

Maybe they are going for a fresh new look? Maybe people will really love these sneakers? Maybe I just lost all my fashion sense in Central America?

Too boring?

Regardless, I went with the Brooks. I’m very nervous to try something new after all these years, but it’s also kind of exciting. I attempted my first run with them in Connecticut this morning, and I think they felt okay. My lungs were burning so bad and my face chapping (after only running in tropical weather for the past year) I couldn’t really feel my feet. I’ll keep you posted!

I wish everyone a very happy Christmas Eve… I think I might like this evening better than Christmas itself. There is such a fun exciting anticipation in the air, and the feeling that anything is possible, Christmas miracles included. It’s like how sometimes getting ready to go out with friends and anticipating the night ahead is as much fun (if not more) than the outing itself.

And if you have some last minute shopping to do, a gift certificate to New England Running Company is a great gift for the runners in your life (and it requires minimal wrapping). Thanks again Mom 🙂

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