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Race day for the Allstate 13.1 Chicago is less than 24 hours away, and I'm in the midst of a shoe dilemma. Lately, I've been wearing a lot of different shoes running. While the Brooks Ravenna's have been my favorite training shoe for a few years now, I'm trying a lot of different things on the feet lately just because. Honestly, working at a running store has peaked my interest in shoes now more than ever and my closet is having a difficult time keeping up.
The Brooks Cadence and Asics Cumulus 15's have pretty much stolen my heart.
|Brooks Cadence, Adidas Adios circa early 2012, and the Asics Cumulus|
While I've always loved the way that the Adidas Adios feel on my feet, they don't tend to work for me in distances over an 8k. My feet start to get that hot-burning sensation and sometimes even a bit sore, like after running 13.1 miles on concrete at this race.
Back in March I wore the Cadence in a half on the lakefront, where I think they felt okay. Hard to remember since I was racing extremely distracted and had quite possibly the worst attitude in any race I've ever ran. Been sporting the cadence on several speed workouts and longer runs where I always seem to feel light on my feel and like my turnover is a lot smoother than normal. Could be all in my head, or it could be the lower heel profile and beveled heel.
BUT, those Asics Cumulus are just awesome. Kind of a heavier shoe, and just a standard trainer, not exactly the most ideal shoe for racing. Just can't get over how soft they feel on my feet, and how they just fit "right". Been doing the bulk of my training in this shoe lately and I don't usually want to take it off when I get home. Seriously, if you haven't had the chance to try this model on with the updates they've made this year...RUN, don't walk to your local running store and give them a go. This shoe is seriously awesome.
And thus, the dilemma...
Staying downtown all weekend and don't have space to be taking my entire closets worth of shoes with me. Pretty sure that whatever I pack this morning I'll most likely be regretting by this evening when I can't change anything about it.
Half marathon footwear, what do you wear?