This idea came to me on a run. As many of my ideas do, but I am not sure how it is going to work yet. I may not end up releasing this, but I thought it would be kinda cool for you to see what shoes I use within my training (and life).
As you know, I run for Saucony. That means I am kinda Saucony-ed out. I am lucky enough to get 10 pairs of shoes of my choice during the year; I choose to spread mine out over two “drops”. Some of you may have seen on my Instagram that I actually received my first drop a few days ago. Does anyone else get excited about new running shoes? 🙂
So, how excessive is the shoe cupboard of an elite runner? Pretty excessive I would say, but at the same time, very necessary! Each shoe has its own job, and for those of you who have emailed me recently asking me about particular shoes, hopefully this helps clear things up 🙂
Last year, my drop included 7 pairs of these I think…maybe a little excessive, but at the time, they were the only shoes I really knew I liked. As La Salle were sponsored by Saucony, I also had a few pairs of shoes from them, and was able to try the Saucony Cortana and Mirage myself. With my orthotics I did not like either, and they made my feet hurt. I therefore stuck to the Kinvara on my shoe drop that year!
These were my favorite ones, the La Salle edition. I wore these 5/7 days of the week, with the other two days being an unnamed brand that I rotated in to force my feet to adjust to different shoes. I raced in the Kinvara, and wore them for all workouts; meaning I did not really need any other shoes.
However, since leaving my orthotics, the Kinvara do not feel as comfortable as they used to, and I now only wear them about once per week; usually on a shorter run or on my grass runs. Might take me a while to get through the rest of them 😉
These are my golden shoe. The ones I hold high above my head like Rafiki in Lion King; these are the shoes I have always imagined. You always hear that your running shoes should feel like you are walking on a cloud, and I never understood that….until I I left my orthotics, and had the opportunity to try these. I love them! For the everyday training shoe, these are wonderful. They also have iso-fit, which means they are wider at the front, and they do not squeeze your feet in as they stretch out as needed.
I had tried the Ride’s in the past, but never really liked them. Once again, the no orthotics opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and I gave them another go. This time I did like them; a lot firmer than the Triumph, but in a good way. Most of the week, I rotate these with the triumph. These are great if you want a more supportive shoe, still neutral, but just more firm underfoot.
These have officially become my racing shoe, and I love them! I wore them a few weeks ago when I finished 3rd at the Rock and Roll DC, and wore them for most workouts in this segment. They are lighter, and have a race-like feel, without being so thin that I have to worry about my shins getting angry from the pounding.
I dont want to jinx myself by saying they have never or will never give me a blister, as it would be my luck they would rub in London, but in the R’n’R DC they did not rub, despite the pouring rain.
These are now my casual shoes. As I work from home, I do not really get too dressed up most the time, so running tights to run in, followed by changing into more running tights is pretty usual for me. When I do go places, I usually just throw on my mirage. I have not tried these to run in yet, but I probably will sometime soon. It is too late to try something new before the marathon, but I know a lot of people like these to run in.
Now I have limited my over striding, my shins have been given a little bit of a break, and I can try out the lighter shoes. I do have a pair of A6, but have not yet tried them. I will use those when I do some track workouts later this year, but for now, the lightest I wanna go is the Fast Twitch. These make me feel FAST……which for me is about a 5:10 mile right now haha. The days of me running 4:30 mile pace for any amount is time are buried for the time being.
I love these Fast Twitch for my shorter, faster workouts. They are comfortable, light, and have a good grip, even in the rain.
I am a Converse girl, and have three pairs of these, but they have been hibernating for the winter. When I am not wearing running shoes, this is usually what I am wearing. I love these mini ones, but I can’t find them in the States, so I am looking forward to purchasing another pair when I am home next month.
These shoes are my best friends. Whenever I need to slip on a pair of shoes to head out to get something quickly, these are my go to, and when my callouses are a little irritated from long runs or workouts, these feel like walking on a pillow, they are so comfortable, and so easy to slip on. If I would recommend any pair of shoes that are not Saucony, it would be these 🙂
When I am going out to eat, or dressing up a little, I do have a few pairs of nice boots to wear. I also have some snow boots that I wear in the winter. I really need to make an effort to dress up a little more, but most the time I just cannot be bothered as no-one I care about is going to see me!
I know, I know, we shouldn’t wear flip flops, but if you must wear flip flops, I highly recommend these ones. They are comfortable, and have nice thick straps.
Well, that turned out to be quite a post. I haven’t covered all my shoes, but I dont want to bore you to death. I do get quite a lot of questions about what shoes I like, and most aren’t aware of what shoes I wear. I am so thankful that I have now found so many Saucony shoes that I can wear, rather than just the Kinvara, which means I can get my miles in, while rotating my shoes a good amount. If you are still a little skeptical about that, take a listen to my Injury Prevention podcast with Physical Therapist, Jeremy Stoker, he talks about a study that was published in 2013, which I found very interesting![Tweet “Interesting! Learn about the shoes elite athletes wear, and which of these you need to try! #fuelyourfuture”]
What are your favorite running/workout shoes? What other shoes do you rely on?