At one point I owned three different pairs of gym shoes – Brooks Pure Cadence, Green Silence, and Ravenna 2. I ran in the Pure Cadence from mid November to end of March. I felt fine running in the treadmill but experienced some pain running outside. The hard concrete, flat feet and a somewhat developed bunion in my right foot is not a good combination. I need more support.
I returned the Green Silence. I bought them on sale from Running Warehouse. The company was nice enough to accept them back even though it was past the 60 day return deadline.
I ran once in the Ravenna 2 and knew they were not a right fit. They felt too tight in the front. It was weird because I tried them at the Chicago Marathon expo and they felt fine. Is it possible my feet grew or they got more flat? I went to Fleet Feet and they were nice enough to exchange them for me. They no longer carried the Ravenna 2 so I tried the 3. Oh. My. Goodness. The shoes felt so good. I tried a size 10 but they felt kind of big so I tried the 9.5. Much better. I went home with the same size but in a different style. I love the color! Brooks Ravenna 3 ROCKS!!
After a two week recovery, I ran 4 miles today in my new shoes. It felt good to run. I meant to run last week during my Spring Break but I just did not feel like it so I didn’t. Every morning I told myself to get up and run. Nope. Did not happen. Something snapped today. I realized I had a race in two weeks and then one almost every weekend till possibly October. Yikes! Better start moving if I want to do well in each race. Overachiever? Ambitious? Maybe, but it is driving me to get out there and run!