Sunday, May 6, 2012

New running shoes!

It's been over a year since I last purchased a pair of running shoes.  I've worn Brooks "Adrenaline" and "Ravenna" for 4 or 5 years.  I also had a pair of Asics before then so it wasn't a big surprise to me that I reverted back to a pair of Asics this time around.  

Ryan and I headed to the Charlotte Running Company to get some advice on new sneakers.  I asked my salesperson a ton of questions ... no surprise there.  Ryan did not ask any questions and ended up with the same pair of sneakers he's had for the past few years: Saucony "Progrid Guide 5."

After conveying to the salesperson that I wanted a lighter shoe to race in, but that would still be good for mileage (up to training and running for a half marathon) he suggested 2 pairs of shoes: Asics "Gel-Noosa Tri 7" and a pair of New Balance (which I don't remember the model or style since I ended up NOT getting them).  He was super helpful and guided me in the right direction.

The "Gel-Noosa Tri 7" is (from their website):
Designed for quick transitions, maximum breathability, and a lightweight, stable ride. 
The vivid color scheme is sure to turn heads, but it’s the performance features that will make your race day unforgettable. Designed for quick transitions, maximum breathability, and a lightweight, stable ride.
  • Impact Guidance System (I.G.S.®)
    ASICS® design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • Guidance Line®
    Vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for enhanced gait efficiency.
  • Propulsion Trusstic®
    Mimics connective tissue in the foot by creating tension as foot enters propulsion stage.
  • Dual Density Solyte® Lasting
    Employs different densities of Solyte® lasting material in heel and forefoot for improved comfort.
At $120 they are by far my most expensive running shoe to date.  I love the bright colors of the shoe and can't wait to try them out for a run.  Hopefully they'll help me PR during my next 5k :)

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