I got new shoes this weekend. Exciting, and possibly a little stupid. Okay, a lot stupid.
I’m running a half marathon at the end of the month.
My first half marathon. I typically don’t make a lot of rash or compulsive decisions, but back in January, while I was feeling the high of challenging my fear of heights on our ski trip (and feeling like God on a mountaintop), I decided one of my big to-do’s in my 30th year would be a half marathon. It’s not a new wish, I’ve actually been wanting to do one for several years. When I first started working out, the thought of running a half was my end goal, something I never thought I’d get remotely close to. But here I am. So can I do this? I’m pretty sure I can. It’s hard not to second guess myself. While I’ve been training hard for the past year, I haven’t actually pounded out a ton of miles. My speed leaves a lot to be desired, but I could easily make excuses for everything, so why not just do?
As I’ve picked up my mileage, one problem has emerged. My shoes. They aren’t old, they don’t have too many miles. They are comfy. Maybe too comfy. When I invested in my first pair of real running shoes (Saucony ProGrid Guide 2′s), I was paranoid. I wanted lots of cushion, lots of comfort and no road noise. They did the trick. I felt like I was running on the moon. Exactly what I wanted.
Fast forward a year and a half and things have changed a little bit. CrossFit has definitely toughened me up a bit. It’s also changed some of my preferences about the equipment and clothes I wear, all of which have become more minimalist.
I’ve been running in my New Balance Minimus’s on and off over the past few months and loving every minute. I love these shoes. For a brief minute I considered them for the half, but good sense got the better of me and I knew I needed more cushion for 13.1 miles.
Since my old shoes still had plenty of mileage left on them, I figured they’d be my go-to. But with every run they continued to get more and more annoying. I’d slip them on after being in my Minimuses (spelling?) and I’d feel clumsy, clunky and not in control of my stride.
I waffled back and forth with what to do, and finally over the weekend decided enough was enough. I needed a middle ground. I needed less cushion, but still some cushion. I came across these Asics Gel Blurr 33′s while wandering a department store and fell in love instantly. The description sealed the deal:
The Asics Gel Blur 33 is an everyday running shoe that offers natural foot movement. Named for the 33 joints in the foot, the Asics Blur 33 is a lightweight shoe that is perfect for runners seeking superior cushioning & flexibility with the comfort of a breathable mesh upper. The Asics Gel Blur is a cushioned/neutral shoe. Cushioned/neutral shoes are for those that have high or normal arches. These shoes are able to handle long runs and protect the joints but don’t have the extra medial support that efficient runners don’t need.
A few more reviews:
- Running Shoes Guru: Asics Gel Blur 33 Running Shoes Review
- Running Times: Shoe Review: Asics Gel-Blur 33
- Finish Line Product Reviews: Asics Gel Blur 33 Running Shoes
Perfect right? Here are the Asics against my beloved Minimus:
The full spectrum:
As crazy as I feel for changing gears at the last-minute, I can’t help but feel proud and confident in how much I’ve grown and changed over the past three years with my fitness. What started as another attempt to “lose weight and get in shape” has completely changed my life. But be honest, have I totally screwed up with this decision? Can I pull this off? Have any tips to help me break these in? Help!
Note: I didn’t picture them, but I also still enjoy small distances with my Vibrams. My kitchen table is only so big. Also, I cleaned it thoroughly post-shoot.