Finally, I have had the time to go out and test my latest two new running shoes. I broke down and bought some new shoes after having a good run with my Asics Kayano 16.
My Asics brought me great joys over the last 300 plus miles running plus about 100 plus miles in walking use. I tried to keep them to just running, but that did not happen. These bad boys have been through it all. From my great accomplishment of finishing the Urbanathlon last year, through the stress fractures and injuries, to finally getting back in stride.
It is time to finally move these to just general use shoes. No more running in these bad boys. I have had to add some generic insoles for my poor fat, flat feet that needed some extra support. It has been a good time together, but time has ended. I really wanted to buy a pair of the Kayano 17, but looking at a $160 price tag stopped those thoughts
What was I to do?
I bought two pairs of running shoes for under $200. One for races and one for training. I figured I owed it to myself after all the running I have done and all the running I have coming up this summer and fall.
The first pair I bought that arrive are the Brooks Ravenna 2.
The first thing I noticed about these shoes were how light they were compared to my Asics. I don't know if this is like a placebo effect where because they were so new everything felt great, but I really did not think I was wearing shoes. My Asics have been abused and used with insoles added so the weight difference was well noted. These only weigh 11 oz compared to the 12.7 oz weight of my Asics.
I loved these shoes! I plan on running with them again this morning for further testing, but these really felt great. In the June issue of runner's World these were marked as the Editor's Choice and I can see why. I had zero discomfort except in my one shoe that I did not lace up properly. The magazine said the shoe had cushioning for heel to mid foot strikers which I am one of those runners. Especially when I get tired my feet(heels) drill the pavement. I felt the cushion and just felt much lighter on my feet. I hope this feeling lasts and if so Brooks has just won a new shoe buyer.
The other shoe I purchased is one that has been talked about in a few magazines, but I have also talked about them with some runners I know. These are the Saucony Progrid Kinvara 2
I am very happy with both shoes. I think I have made two wise purchases. I will you posted on how things continue to unfold with them. If you have other shoes that you like please let me know because I am constantly looking for shoes to help my flat feet as many of the shoes that come out are not designed for feet like mine.