I've been unfaithful. Or I'm going to be unfaithful. Or I plan on being unfaithful.
No, I'm not talking about my marriage. I'm talking about my running shoes.
Finally a running post! I know!!!
I have been wearing Saucony for a long, long time. I wore the Omni for many years, then discovered the Kinvara for racing, and in the last year or two switched to the Ride for training. I always loved Saucony as they always felt soft and cushiony and never let me down. Since I had the baby, though, they have felt hard and a little painful. I've had a hard time recovering after runs. My calves are shot after 300 miles in them. I just haven't been in love with them the way I have previously.
Funny enough, I've been recommending Hoka to other runs for quite a while now yet have never worn them myself. Shoot! I had never even tried them on. In the last several months, however, I've been really tempted by them. Now that I'm going to be rebounding from an injury, they intrigue me even more.
So Friday afternoon we went to our local running store (Columbus Running Company - the best out there in Columbus, if I do say so myself) and asked about a zillion questions. I wanted to know about longevity. I wanted to know about breaking them in. I wanted to know about weight. I wanted to know if people actually "raced" in them. I wanted to know if they're a fad. I wanted to know why they're so expensive. The salesman (boy, really. The kid was YOUNG) was patient, answering all my questions and was so informative. Then I tried on some pairs that didn't really fit, but I just wanted to get the feel of them. Besides, I can't run for knows how much longer so it's not like I could test them anyway.
In the end, I'm on their waitlist to receive a pair of Clifton 2s when they come in the store. I'm really excited to try them out and to see if they are any different than a "regular" pair of running shoes. My friends who have tried them swear by them. I hope I have the experience. I hope they are my new shoe. I hope they rock my world. :)
What shoe do you run in? How often to do you jump ship to a different shoe? Have you ever tried the Hoka?