Hello friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
Today I’ve came to make a confession. I’ve transitioned from my Brooks neutral shoes to my Asics stability shoes. That is a huge deal to me because Brooks seems to be the most popular brand of running shoes (at least here in the US), and I’ve been wearing them since the past year. Not that popularity matters to me. But in this field, if something is popular it’s because is high quality. My Brooks Ghost 8 ran with me for many miles that it was kind of hard to make the decision of transitioning.
The problem started when I got horrible shin splints at the beginning of this year. I went ahead and got a Gait Analysis done. If you remember the results, you’ll know that I wasn’t really happy about it. Even though the video clearly showed I was over-pronating in every single food strike, the lady suggested me to wear the Brooks Ghost 9 and that I’d be fine. I’m not an expert on running shoes but you can’t tell me that the solution of a problem is to keep doing what you’ve been doing so far.
So I went ahead and got another Gait Analysis at another Running Store and their verdict was that I absolutely needed stability shoes. As the video clearly showed, I do have over-pronation and falling with the balls of my feet was not helping me much with my shin splints. They recommended me to correct my foot strike and to switch up my neutral shoes for stability shoes. The main shoe suggestions were the Asics Kayano or the Brooks Adrenaline. They said that the Asics Kayano were on a the softer side compared to the Brooks.
Two months went by and I implemented two changes for my pronation issue:
- Correcting my foot strike so that I don’t keep falling with the balls of my feet. That really seemed to help me a whole lot on not feeling shin splints, until I started running 15 miles a week again. As little as that, and I was already having the slight sensation of shin splints again. Then I knew I needed to go ahead an implement my second change.
- Getting stability shoes. It was hard to take a decision between the Asics and the Brooks. At the end, I went back to Asics because I just wanted a softer shoes.
This morning I went for my first run with them. Three miles and my foot strikes felt extremely soft, this made my run faster and easier than it normally is. Hours later has passed since that run and my legs feel like if it is rest day. That never has happened to me before. Now I can evidence how important is to wear the proper shoes for you.
These shoes were on the pricy side, but I’m starting to get the feeling that they’ll worth every penny. Once I’ve put more miles on them, I’ll write a full review on them.
What running shoes do you wear?