Stilettos? Nah, Sneakers all the way

It’s that time of training again. I’m really excited about running the marathon.

That puts me in an overzealous buying mood and I want all-things-running.

Remember how I said I need new shoes? I went to Fleet Feet Winston-Salem last week after work and had a great fitting by a guy named Thomas. He was so helpful!

I’ve had my eyes on the Brooks Pure Project shoes since they came out last fall. Screen Shot 2012 07 16 at 7 39 08 PM
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Once I saw this post from Janae who got to visit Brooks headquarters, I was really intrigued and wanted to go in for a fitting. I realize it was a sponsored post, but I’ve heard great reviews from other runners as well. (P.S. Janae is one of my favorite runner/healthy living bloggers to follow!)

I have my heart set on the Flows or the Cadence. They’re basically the same shoe except different price points because the Cadence has more “bells and whistles,” so says the guy from Fleet Feet.

I was kind of bummed when I was talking to Thomas about the shoes because he told me it’s not a shoe you can just go out and run all of your training runs in right away. Since they’re considered minimalist shoes, you have to start out slow, going only one to a few miles at once. He said it can take up to 4-6 months to fully transition depending on how you currently run. He’s currently transitioning and he’s on month 2. Marathoner and all.

Apparently he’s seen injuries ranging from sprained muscles to stress fractures because people are too quick to up their mileage in them. One mention of the word injury and you’ve got my full, undivided attention.

I didn’t leave with the shoes.

My current running shoe is Brooks’ Ravenna 2. In February they came out with the 3 and like the saying goes, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it.”  I think since they’ve been such a good shoe for me during PT and after, I’m going to stick with these.


(Ravenna 2)

Except I’m probably going to upgrade to the 3’s for a few updates.


(Ravenna 3)

There’s actually another shoe I want for my long runs that Thomas suggested, but I’m not sure I need to buy 3 pairs of shoes at once. (You’re welcome, Brandon!)

In reality, my current Ravenna’s could last me a few more weeks, so that will give me some time to decide for sure what I’m going to do.

In other running news wants, now that I’ve fallen in love with The Grid as my foam roller, I really want The Stick.

I bought the grid as my travel foam roller for the NYC Half Marathon because it would easily fit on my carry on. I liked it, but it was a big step up in density (more firm) from the previous foam roller I used and took some getting used to. Now I love it and can’t get enough, the ridges on it make it hurt so good.


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I mainly want the stick because I can use it at work on my quads.


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I tend to feel the majority of my soreness there, especially the day after a hard run. Plus, it comes in travel size so I can take it on road trips to “destination” races.

Does anyone have The Stick and like it?
What running needs/wants to you have?

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