Remember when I ranted about how much I disliked the Asics 2150? And, how I had to go on a quest for my new "perfect" shoe? I'm not Goldi-Dash, but I have always thought of myself as the Princess and the Pea of running shoes.
What does this mean exactly? I feel every imperfection in shoes (real or imagined). Often one foot feels fine, but I notice some bump or ridge on the other one. This makes the process of finding a shoe more frustrating than it should be.
I finally found the New Balance 760 last fall and have been happily running in it since. When I found out it was being discontinued last December, I panicked and had fears of the new model not working for me. The only good thing about the move to the new model was that the 760 went on super sale. In addition to the pair I am currently wearing, I have two brand new pairs sitting in my closet.
So what's the problem? Well, I find myself preferring to run in the Asics 2150 recently! Despite my dislike of the shoe, I'm too cheap to simply stop wearing a perfectly good shoe with less than 200 miles on it (especially when there's no injury risk and it's just a "feel" preference). I typically rotate between two pairs of shoes, so I kept the Asics in the rotation and just used them for shorter weekday runs. My plan had been to discard them once they reached the end of their running life (somewhere in the 400-500 mile range) and never look back.
I realized last night (while running in the 760s) that I've been choosing the 2150s more and more frequently and wished that I was wearing them for that run. The 760 was feeling a little softer than I would have preferred. I even used the 2150s for last week's long run! Who am I?
I'm not sure if my legs/feet are craving a stiffer shoe because my weekly mileage is lower or if this is some type of "permanent" change. I have a feeling that once I get back to the LONG runs of marathon training in the late summer and fall, my feet will prefer the slightly softer feel of the 760s. Though I certainly don't know for sure. The other big question is, do I only like the 2150s because they are significantly broken in (over 300 miles)? Should I buy a pair of 2160s and pay someone else to run around in them for a few months before I start wearing them?
I still have a month or two left on the 2150s until they need to be replaced. So I'll wait until that time to make a decision about whether or not to buy a pair the 2160s. Regardless of what happens, those 760s will still be used, maybe just not as quickly. :)