Like a Kid in the Candy Store

That was me last night when I attended the kick-off get together for Team DetermiNation at Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury, NJ.  I knew that I wanted to do the “shoe dog” gait analysis because I was in the market for new shoes … but I wasn’t prepared to be “sucked in” by all the fun stuff to purchase!

It was great to meet some more of the DetermiNation staff and a couple teammates (there wasn’t a big turnout).  I also was given my training tech tee that I proudly wore on my 4 miler this morning and a water bottle 🙂  I also entered the raffle for a free pair of shoes — there were only 4 or 5 entries so maybe I’ll get lucky LOL!

The gait analysis was pretty cool and it was fun to see my foot strike in slow motion.  Since I already have custom orthotics, there wasn’t really much “analysis” to be done and off I went to try on a bunch of neutral shoes.  I have been an Asics runner for about 3 years now.  I was “fitted” for them them first time around and a Brooks shoe was a close contender.  I can’t say anything bad about the Asics, they’ve been good to me …. however I told the sales rep. I was open to try something different.  She brought out 4 types of neutral shoes: Brooks, Nike, Saucony and Asics.  The Brooks Glycerin 9’s were the first ones I tried on ….. OMG, they were like mini couches for my feet.  It was like a Cinderella moment when I slipped my foot into them, they just felt “right”.  But not to be glazed over by the new shoe feeling….I gave each shoe a fair chance at being my next training companion.  Next was the Nike Vomero. ….it was “meh”. …onto the Saucony shoes……they were on and off my feet in about a nanosecond.   And now it was time for my “trusty Asics”.  These were not the model I had been running in for the past year; they were the “upgrade” – The Nimbus.  I wasn’t impressed by that shoe either 😦  It seemed like nothing compared to the comfort and “glove like” fitting of the Brooks….so I decided to go with them!

Of course I was suckered into buying two packages of moisture wicking socks, signing up to be a VIP (hello 20% discount) and I threw in a pair of Zensah calf sleeves for good measure 🙂

Say hello to my new friend:

I ran 4 miles outside with them this morning and it was WONDERFUL!!!  Now I didn’t want to be a total sucker and fall for this catch – but the sales rep. said I should really get two pairs of shoes to rotate.  I’m not discounting her idea but these shoes were $129 — I was not about to purchase two pairs!  However, my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks ….should I get another pair?

OH and the Zensah sleeves — they’re good — but not as good as the CEP Compression socks.  I almost bought the CEP Sleeves but decided to try the Zensah instead … and with my VIP discount they came down to $30.  I like the idea of a “sleeve” for summer so I can throw them on and wear flip flops.  They’re comfy and will do the job — but I think I like CEP better 🙂

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