Update & more shoes!

I’ve been terrible about updating.  It’s been 2 months!!

But fear not– in that time, I have completed 4 races.  I had to skip out on the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Half Marathon because I strained my hamstrings and it took me 2 weeks of not running to get over it.  I was disappointed but better to be safe than sorry.

My race results:

Firefly Run Dallas (5k) 2012 03/31/12 0:28:00 8:58 38/724  148/3366  463/4943
Bayou City Classic 10k 03/10/12 0:55:30 8:56 26/103 140/559 486/1176 PR
ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run 10k 02/25/12 0:56:39 9:07 163/721 598/3221 2156/6392
Rhythm & Blues Half Marathon 2012 02/19/12 2:08:06.6 9:47 38/90  200/584 439/953 PR

More about the races later.  In the past 2 months, I’ve been on a hunt for new shoes to replace my Saucony Progrid Omni 8’s.  While those are stability shoes, I believe my strike has changed from a heel strike to a forefoot strike since I first purchased that pair, and have been wearing more neutral shoes.  I had purchased Nike’s (see last post) but they were giving me unusual feet pain whenever I ran over 3 miles so I returned to Luke’s Locker and exchanged them for these sexy Mizuno Wave Precision 12‘s:

Sadly, they gave me blisters almost every time I ran and after putting 30 miles on them throughout the month, I brought them back to Luke’s Locker and got the Saucony Kinvara 2‘s (on sale, yay!):

I REALLY liked the Mizuno’s but my left foot is wider and flatter than my right foot and after getting a blood blister from running the last 5k, I felt like it was for the best. They Kinvara’s are wider than the Mizuno’s but there’s still slightly rubbing when I run– I can’t tell yet if it’ll be a big problem so I’ll give them a little more time.  I actually also own the Saucony Mirage 2‘s:

I got those onsale from endless.com, so for now, I will be alternating between the two pairs. I also tried on the Asics Gel Landreth 7‘s, which felt considerably wider and have asymmetrical lacing (not sure how I feel about this yet), so I’m going to keep those in mind just in case. I hear Brooks come wider too.  I own many pairs of DryMax Hyper Thin Running socks but the guy at Luke’s Locker recommended I try slightly thicker socks so I may try out the DryMax Lite Mesh socks ($34 for a 4-pack on zappos.com) next.  I’ve always preferred a thinner sock but I can’t say if I really can tell the difference once I’ve been running for awhile. I just hate getting blisters!

Any tips on shoes/socks?

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