After yesterday's lecture to you all, my name would have been mud if I didn't get some new shoes. I went over to Road Runner Sports to look at my options. For a moment I thought I had died and gone to heaven. There on the rack with a big "Just Marked Down" tag were my trusty 2140's! I had my credit card out and was ready to relieve them of all men's size 9s, but my dreams were dashed when I found out that they were out of stock. Snap! So instead I picked up a pair of the 2140 replacements - the Asics GT 2150. Normally I spend time researching new things before I get them. Instead, I just took the advice of the salesperson (has been a mistake in the past) and purchased the shoe. I was off for my evening run.
My workout last night was a hill workout. For a change I had company - my niece. She just finished her first season in High School Cross Country (was a soccer player but can't play due to a hip injury) and is so enamored with running that she and some of her friends are thinking about running San Diego Rock n' Roll! Very cool! With her pushing me (she's a High School Senior), I put in two warm up miles (8:28 and 8:40 - what?) followed by four hill repeats (sorry - I mentioned 5 yesterday, but misread the plan) and a 9:15 warm down mile (wtf?). 5.2 miles total. I managed to hit a heart rate of 172 bpm, and spent a total of 8 minutes above 90% of MHR.
The verdict on the shoes? BIG THUMBS UP!!! The shoes are every bit as supportive as the GT 2140's while having a little softer insole. My big beef about the 2140's was that the insole was rough and not very cushiony, which made the first few dozen miles uncomfortable. Asics has fixed that in the 2150. The jury is still out on wear, but as far as comfort goes, I heartily recommend them. The bottom line is I'm sitting here this morning with no knee and hip pain. The flaring tendinitis in my right knee is also better. Who says shoes don't make a difference?
Slomohusky and EZEthan had a great idea about using eBay to find some GT 2140's. I found several pair for $70 in a first cursory scan. I still need a second pair of shoes, and if I can save $30 a pair, I'm going to save $30 a pair! And because Stacy asked - here's why I have two pair of shoes. During the summer months, I sweat sooooo much (How much do I sweat?) that often my shoes are completely soaked. If I don't have another pair to swap out, I end up setting off the toxic waste warning sirens from the stench that starts emanating from my feet. So, with an extra pair of shoes and my trusty Dr. Scholl's foot spray, I swap shoes every other day and let one pair dry while I run in the other. Hmmm. Maybe I can become The Running Sweaty Guy?