I was with my dad when we noticed this and he convinced me I needed a stability shoe. Since it was the week of my 5K run in Snoqualmie, I had to quickly find a new pair of shoes. I bought a really cute pair of Asics, I mean cute! I wore them twice before the actual event and they seemed okay, but definitely different than my "pillow shoes". Despite an awesome finish time on the 5K (32:53, pace 10.36) I felt awful during that run. It was really really hard. My legs felt terrible and I had shin splints! I ran in those shoes two more times before deciding they had to be returned. Each run was progressively worse until the last time when I got about a quarter mile from my house and then hightailed it back to change shoes.
It was a Friday, the day of my long run so I was in a quandry over which shoes to wear. I ended up switching to the "devil shoes" and went out to attempt my first 10K run. And I did it! I mean, I RAN an entire 10K! I was amazed at how good I felt that day, and my legs were relieved. It was a great feeling!! It was also my last day of being 35 years old. I couldn't have run that far when I was 30, not when I was 25 either. I continued in those shoes for a few more runs and then the same ol' pain I had experienced in my right leg started coming back so I knew I had to buy a new pair of shoes.
I decided to buy another pair of the Nike Zoom Vomeros because they had worked before. I had thought they were great at the time. Except after a couple runs in a new pair, I realized my back was hurting more and more, and after a very scientific study (not really) I decided it was caused by the shoes. So another shoe return.
By that time I was feeling very discouraged. I wondered if perhaps it wasn't the shoes, perhaps I just don't even know how to run!
I visited both a running store and Foot Locker. Sales associates at both recommended the Nike Lunarglide+ 2s. I ended up ordering them from Nike.com because they allow returns up to 30 days for any reason. I wanted to be able to really run in the shoes before deciding whether to keep them. So far I have run in them three times and I feel good. No shin splints, no pain in my right leg, and no major back pain when I wake up in the morning. I will withhold judgement for a couple weeks, but I feel like we have a winner here. I am crossing my fingers. My husband is too because he's sick of hearing me talk about shoes!
Even though I miss having purple on my shoes, I kind of like the neutrality of these shoes.
I will save these shoes for running ONLY. I can use the devil shoes for other activities, like weight training and cross training--which is on tap for TONIGHT! Day 1 of the challenge continues...