When I was in the fifth grade, my feet went through a mysterious growth spurt. All of a sudden I was sporting size nine sneakers with my smidgen-midget frame.
“You don’t have big feet!” my dad would console me. “You just have a solid understanding.” Under. Standing. Get it? And people wonder from whence comes my penchant for puns.
At that point, everyone was probably thinking that my height would catch up and I’d end up as a tall, or at least normal-sized, human being. But alas, my body never got the memo and I topped out at 5’3″. Oh well.
What does any of this have to do with anything? Nothing really, except to serve as an elaborate preamble to an exciting (t0 me) but perhaps rather dull (to you) announcement: I got new shoes!
And I’m cheating on my beloved Ghosts.
This wasn’t a planned infidelity. It a rash act, a heat-of-the-moment decision. I went in to my local TAF with every intention of picking up a new pair of Ghosts. But then, of course, I got to chatting with the guys there. Enter: a very nerdy running shoe conversation, because I am a running-shoe nerd, and the casual revelation that they had the new Adrenaline 11s , fresh off of the delivery truck.
Would I like to try them, just for kicks? Of course I would!
Back in my running-store-employee days, I sold a lot of Adrenalines. Objectively, I think it’s a superb shoe. For the amount of support it offers, it’s amazingly lightweight and responsive. And relatively inexpensive – excellent shoe, excellent value.
I’d never run in them myself, though. I have a weird stride that’s not exactly neutral, but I’m not an classic over-pronator either. Neutral shoes have always done me good, and the one time I flirted with a higher-support shoe, I hated it. And in general, I hate shoes that feel stiff, heavy, overly cushy, or bulky in the heel. Which most support shoes do.
So when I slipped on the spankin’ new Adrenalines, it was mostly out of nerdy curiosity. I was surprised when they felt great. In fact, they felt a lot like my beloved Ghosts. Light, flexible, simple, easy. Well…okay then. I’ve often wondered if my Achilles issue would benefit from a more supportive shoe. Let’s give them a shot.
I’ve run in them a few times now, alternating with my old shoes, and while I can definitely tell that it’s “more shoe” than I’m used to, they’re not bad. And my Achilles is indeed doing better…although it’s one of those situations where there are too many variables (time off, much lower mileage, diligent Stick action, no speedwork) to really pin it on any one.
Although I can’t say I won’t go back to my Ghosts next time around…I can now say that I’ve found a support shoe that I don’t hate. And if you are an Adrenaline fan, definitely check out the new 11s. In terms of responsiveness, I think they’re a big improvement over the 10s. But I’m curious to hear what other people think!
Aaaaaand that’s way too much nerdy shoe talk for one post. Right?
Today’s EAT: Was lazy. California Pizza Kitchen from the freezer.
I actually dislike CPK restaurants. I ate dinner from there almost every night for the first two years of my working life, as it was the only place in Downtown LA that stayed open past 6PM and delivered. Total burnout, even now, nine years later.
But their thin-crust frozen pizzas are about as good as it gets for freezer meals. Lots of toppings and spices, and a very reasonable calorie count.
Today’s DRINK: Another holdover from the Thanksgiving stash.
If I could drink wine like this every night, I’d be a happy little camper. As much as I love my TJ’s cheapies, there really is a difference. Not that this 2005 Sandholdt Petite Syrah is exactly a bank breaker – it’s a $20 bottle – but it’s a big step up from the under $10 crowd. Very smooth, just a little fruity – I tasted strawberries and apricots – and not too dry. Love.
Today’s RUN: Seven today. My longest run in a month!
And very pleasant along the new (ish? I think?) Rocky Branch Greenway that runs through the North Carolina State University campus. Relatively flat, nice soft surface, no traffic interruptions? New favorite spot to run!
Today’s QUESTION: Are you monogamous with your shoes – or do you stray once in a while? I’m kind of enjoying my little affair. 🙂