Shoes!!!!!! As I mentioned in a previous post, my Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 were getting a little tired. In fact, I probably shouldn’t have run my half marathon in them. But I loved them so much! I set a PR for 5K, 10K, and half marathon distances in them. So, ok, maybe I was a little attached, a little overly sentimental.
Monday’s short little run brought the mileage total up to 444. The wear was showing and the support has faded. Poor shoes. :( It was time to do something. Mizuno has been teasing the release of the Wave Inspire 10 for sometime in mid-November. I had mixed feelings about this for a few reasons. #1 was that I didn’t want to wait that long. I needed shoes now, so I could break them in for November races. #2- I loved these shoes, 10 were redesigned, what if I hated them? Plus by the time I would figure that out, I may not have been able to find the Inspire 9.
I have been checking websites off and on for about a month now, hoping I could find the Inspire 9’s for a little less. Monday after my creepy run, I decided to just buy my shoes. I have bought (been gifted) every pair of running shoes from The Running Warehouse. I love them, great selection and customer service. I am probably a very annoying customer, as I usually try on like 7 pairs of shoes each time. This time I knew exactly what I wanted, so I figured I would go online. Easy peasy right?
Strike 1, they had the 9 in two colors but not my size. Well crap. Ok, how about the Mizuno website? 3 colors available, but again not my size, strike 2. I was starting to get a little nervous. Did I wait too long? Next I checked out Road Runner Sports. I had never been to the site before but kept seeing it on Twitter. Success!!! They had my shoes in my size!!!!
I ordered them around 10PM Monday night. They had a deal with their VIP account, so I figured why not. I got 20% off plus free shipping. Score! And yes, I paid for my first pair of running shoes. Tuesday morning, I received an email that they had shipped. Well that was fast. I still expected them to take a while. After getting home from work school on Wednesday, I found my shoes!!! Less than 48 hour turn around! I was impressed. Part of me wanted to go for a run but my neck was freakishly sore and stiff after class, so I held off.
Thursday, I headed out after work, before more school, for a little 3 mile run. The weather was amazing, bright shining sun and blue ocean. It was a little windier than anticipated; the water was choppier than I had seen it. The shoes were great, no issues, I could really feel the support.
Only one slight quirk, the shoes are pink, like in your face, bright pink. (Sorry, Mizuno, Beetroot not pink) I think this is the brightest pair of shoes I have owned. I could see the pink out of the corner of my eye while running, that will take some getting used to. :) I can count the number of pink things I own on one hand.
On the shoe subject, I rewarded myself for achieving my 10K goal with these super cute platforms-
I wore them today for the second time :) Love them, but almost walked out of the right one 3x today, my right foot is smaller. :( I need to buy one of those heel inserts. It’s hard to believe I am a runner when I sometimes have troubles walking!
Can’t wait to get my next run in with my new shoes!!!
Anyone else have any favorite shoes?
Anyone racing this weekend?