I've gone through four pairs of Asics 2110s and 2 pairs of 2120s in the past couple of years. I bought the first pair at the recommendation of a Running Room staff member. I had been wearing a cushioning shoe at the time, but I had some complaints about pain on the outsides of my feet. After watching me jog around the store, they told me that my feet collapse slightly inward, and therefore recommended a stability shoe. I've had issues over the past year with overly tight calves, pain around my baby toes. I tried a couple of other pairs of stability shoes: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 7 and New Balance 767. I thought they worked okay for me, but then I ended up with an IT band injury. This is not to say that I blame the shoes completely; I know that I am terrible about stretching, and that I may have overtrained, etc. However, I felt that it was time to seek some different advice about shoes.
I went to Running Free today to seek such advice. I explained to the woman working the shoe section that I wanted to try a new model due to my recent injuries. After watching me run, she told me that I run quite evenly, and that I probably just need a cushioning shoe. What?? Have I been wearing the wrong type of shoe for 2-3 years? So, I tried on several brands of cushioning shoes: Asics, Saucony, Adidas and Brooks. The winner: Asics Gel Cumulus 9. I'm going to try them out on my treadmill tomorrow. They felt great in the store, so I sure hope that they are the answer to my shoe woes!
I also bought a new water bottle...a hand-held type. I dislike wearing belts. Let's see if it's any better carrying the bottle in my hand. Next post will be about the different types of water belts and hydration packs that I have tried...stay tuned ;)