I did it – I tested my new Asics GT-2000 runners. I should say first of all that I don’t really know anything about running shoes outside of how they feel on me. It is quite a new experience for me to even care what I run in. But here is my 2 pence on the experience of changing from the Nike Structure 15’s.
I am not one for being cautious (on sensible for that matter) so the first run in my new shoes was a 20km one. I topped this up with a 8km run on Sunday – it was supposed to be a short recovery run but I just ended up going on and on.
My starting point was that my left thigh was hurting pretty badly. I must have done something to it during my intervals on Thursday. Thank goodness for John’s post on Cold gels! I got myself some Deep Freeze and Biofreeze which seems to have helped. (John – I hope it’s ok to link you like this).
Also, something funny is going on with my left foot. I have pain on the top, outside of my mid foot. I assumed this was a sign to get new runners but I am beginning to wonder if it is something more sinister. I can run on it, though it does hurt some. Like the idiot I am, I will just keep going. I have the 6 weeks off coming up anyway.
Back to the shoes; my initial reaction to the Asics was that they didn’t feel as cushioned as the Nike. I could feel the pavement more and I felt I took the impact more. Once I get used to this, it might not be such a bad thing. The pain on my left foot was still there throughout the run but I don’t think it got worse. The right shoe feels slightly looser at the heel than the left – I think the back of the Asics must be a bit lower than the Nike was. It didn’t cause blisters or anything but especially running uphill was annoying. Maybe getting a smaller size might help but I find the current size otherwise perfect so I am reluctant to do this.
There were no new blisters anywhere after the run in fact, which is always a good sign. I don’t feel like the shoes have completely neutralised my gait or fixed the slight over-pronation but they don’t seem to be making things worse either.
Long story short, I am a bit torn and unsure what to do. I am not blown away by the shoes but they aren’t all wrong either. I could take them back to the store and get something different but from the ones we tried these seemed the best. Alternatively I could get another pair of the Nike 15s to alternate with the Asics.
What do you folks think? How do you know the shoes are just not right for you? Should you give them time to mould to your feet? Maybe I should get orthotic insoles?
I suppose if they had been all wrong for me, I would not have been able to do 20km without some serious pain somewhere… Maybe I just feel bad that I am cheating on the shoes that literally got me back on my feet after the bunion operation – I am loyal like that.