They arrived. So much anticipation. Last year’s style, but hey, updates are not always better. Might as well try the
older cheaper model. Green and gold (Launch - St. Patrick’s Day 2020). Cool colors in my opinion (DH thinks they're ugly though). Excitement growing. These might be awesome! They look awesome! I can’t wait to try them! Running will be so much easier in these shoes!
I take off my right shoe instantly. Inserting foot into the new show. Hmmm. Seems short. Insert left foot. Ooooo this one feels slightly better! The right foot is always worse. So are the right knee and hip when it comes to injuries. I’m probably lopsided somehow, but I will forever blame years of soccer and kicking with my primary right leg. Let’s just ignore the right side. How do you feel left foot? Okay? Cool. These shoes are pretty, and on my feet. Yay pretty shoes! Gingerly, I walk around the house. Right big toe nail is hitting the top of the shoe and I can feel the end of the shoe when I push off. There’s a chance they’ll feel okay when I’m running, right? RIGHT???
I justify a short run in them to see if I like the style enough to try a bigger size. They feel just slightly better than okay. Nothing special. I roll my LEFT ankle. Come on left side, you’re the “good” side. Probably the roll was helped by the shoes being too short. Not the first time. Won’t be the last. I curse and keep going, it won’t be sore for a couple of days anyway. Back to the shoes - Okay enough to try a second run without rose-colored glasses of pretty new shoes. Second try doesn’t go any better than the first. The shoes are tolerable, but who wants to settle for “tolerable” running shoes? I doubt sizing will make a difference. Time to send them back and try a different style! They do not provide any excitement to be worn and I have my old (still have a lot of life left) racing shoes (NB fuel cell rebels) that provide some “speed excitement.” I’m just looking for my every day training match (thinking Glycerin in a size up - new model is coming soon, so discounts should be available on the leaving model). For my current short runs, I will stick with my “all day shoes” (Saucony Guide/Ride). That’s been working so far, but I do not like using my “all day shoes” for actual running.
Upside to returning shoes – more future motivation and excitement from another first date next week!😁