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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shoes I have Run In - 2014

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: December 3, 2014

2014 was supposed to have been the year where I reduced the number of running shoe that I brought home, had delivered or otherwise added to the hoard of running shoes that already existed around these heah parts.

Just a few of the shoes I have laying around the house and yes Bennie was going "What are you doing now?"

I still have a couple of pair in my gym locker, but these are all the running shoes that are lying around the house now. Although, I am pretty sure that I could have come up with a few more if I had really looked. Over the past year, I have traded, given away, thrown away lots of shoes, otherwise the pile would have been a lot bigger.

The bad thing is, even though I had to put these all away after the photo, I "only" found 3 pair that I wanted to get rid of - a runner's problems.
What would have been a good year?

It would have been a stunning success if I had gotten the number of new running shoes to under 10 for the year.

I failed —— miserably.

Now that you know that I failed, how bad was it?

2014 Running Shoes

I listed the shoes I have run in during 2014 by the number of miles that I have run in them as of today:
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Road - 1/18/14 — 340.3
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Trails - 1/13/14 — 264.3
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Roads 8/16/14 — 214.1
  • Skechers GoRun Ride 2 - 5/19/14 — 184.4
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Road - 12/26/13 — 179.5 in 2014 - 213.6 total
  • *Skechers GoMeb2 6/28/14 — 104.3 **Free media sample
  • Brooks Launch 4/9/14 — 101.4
  • Newton Energy 3/26/14 - 89.4
  • Pearl Izumi Peak II 7/21/14 — 69.4
  • *Brooks Cascadia 8 - 11/1/14 — 40.1
  • *Saucony Zealot - 11/171/14 — 34.4
  • *Pearl Izumi N2 Tri - 10/28/14 — 31.0
  • Skechers GoBionic Trails 6/18/14 — 30.6
  • Brooks Green Silence 5/2/14 — 22.2
  • *Puma Wear-Test 1 - 11/17/14 — 16.4 ***Wear-test
  • *Puma Mobium Elite V2 - 11-28-14 — 11.7
  • *Newton Energy NR - 11/17/14 — 7.3
  • Skechers GoRun Ride 2 - 9/26/13 — 5.1 in 2014 - 431.0 total
  • New Balance 1010 v1 - 10/9/13 — 5.1 in 2014 - 24.4 total
  • Skechers GoRun Ride 3 4/6/14 - 4.1
  • Skechers GoBionic - 1.0
  • Scott MK4 - .25 - 1/18/14

*Still In Use
**Free shoe provided by the brand
***Wear Test Sample

FYI - the date after the shoe name is when I started running in them.

I have run in and owned 22 pair of running shoes, so far in 2014. As you can see some worked a lot better than others for me ;-).
Brand Breakdown

What was the brand that I ran in the most:
Shoe Brand Summary
These Stats Mean What?

Pretty simple - it means that I ran primarily in Pearl Izumi running shoes in 2014 and the totals would have been even higher if the N2 Tri's were better cold weather shoes.

It also meant that unfortunately, I was not able to run as successfully in Skechers line-up this year as I did in 2013, even though I had in the same number of running shoes as Pearl Izumi. The update from the GoRunRide2 to the GRR3 did not work for me and I struggled to find other styles in the Skechers' line that I could run well in.

It also meant that I struggled to find another brand of shoes that I was happy running in, beyond the Pearl Izumi EM line.

Okay Harold, if the Pearl Izumi EM line worked so great for you, why did you keep searching?


I am a tinkerer, I enjoy experimenting and trying new things, ideas and designs. I have accepted that this is just a part of who I am. Which means that I will probably always be looking at and trying - new to me shoes.


Last spring, the N1 Trails 1/13/14 (which I loved) and N2 Roads 12/26/14, both were letting in too much grit, sand and small pebbles into the shoes and it was driving me nuts. That was the biggest reason, why in the spring I looked around for a replacement for the Pearl's and I thought that I needed a "faster" shoe than the N2 Roads for speedwork.

Then this fall, I made a shoe trade with another runner, had a return credit for TheWife's birthday present and was also accepted as a wear-tester for Puma, all of which resulted in running shoes that were not Pearl Izumi.

It just seemed that even though I could have easily opted for another pair of N2 Roads or N1 Trails, I got better deals or wanted to try something slightly different, with different brands.

In other words, lots of excuses. :-)


Now what does this mean running shoes and me in 2015?

Pearl Izumi - I know their EM line works well for me and I really want to give the N2 Road v2 a long look, since the two pair of N2's did so well for me in 2014, especially as a mileage eating shoe.

I was happy with the N1 Roads, but at the same time they are lacking the "pop" that I would look for in a 5K to 10K racing flat and they didn't have enough cushioning for me to go longer than that, so I don't see me getting another pair of them. Even so, I have a feeling there will be at least a couple of pair of Pearls on my feet next year, besides the N2 Tri's which have already been squirreled away for the spring.

Skechers - They are coming out with a bunch of updates to their GoRun line that seem to be very good updates, but there will be corresponding price increases for some of the style, which may take them into the same price-points as other brands, as they move into the specialty running stores. Which takes away some of the appeal of the Skechers brand.

Skechers GoRun Ride 2's

Also I have heard rumors that they are continuing to decrease the amount of the "bump" in the sole, which for me set it apart from other brands and was a big reason that I chose to run in the GoRun series in the past. So I am not sure about how much I will be in Skechers this coming year, but they will get a close look.

Brooks - I will probably have a lot of miles on the Brooks Cascadia's by the end of winter (they are my outside winter/crappy weather running shoes) and I plan on running a little more on trails this coming year.

Brooks Cascadia 8's

As much as I am liking the Cascadia's, I have struggled with liking the fit or feel of their road shoes - they just haven't felt right for me. So I can see me getting another pair of Brooks Cascadia's, but not their roadies.

Newton - I struggle with Newton's, I like them, I hate them, I love them. I run well in Newton's, Newton's hurt my feet and are expensive - although other brands are catching up quickly in this department. However, I always seem to run well in them.

Newton Energy NR

I really do not know what to make of Newton's. Are they over-priced and over-hyped or are they the answer to my running woes - who to hell knows? I still haven't figured it out and will probably try yet another pair again this year after the Energy's wear out.

Saucony - I really like the new ISO-Fit and improved multi-purpose outsoles on the Zealot/Triumph and would still be running in the Zealot's if they were a size smaller, but they are not.

Saucony Zealot

I have run well in Saucony in the past and the changes that they are making to their lines intrigues me and I will be keeping a close eye on their updates. I can see me getting a few pair of their shoes this year.

Puma - I hadn't run in any of their shoes since the 1980's, when during the fall a solicitation came around looking for wear-testers. I looked closely at their product lines and decided to apply to be a wear-tester on a whim. I was accepted, but due to my foot size not being what they are looking for-I don't anticipate doing a lot with them.

Puma Mobium Elite V2

However, during my research of Puma Running's products, their Mobium line really intrigued me. The design of Mobium was different, sometimes I am a sucker for different and whether I do much with the Wear-test program, I decided that I wanted to try the Mobium's - so I got a pair for an early Christmas present. So far I really like them.

I can see me running a lot of miles the Puma Running brand, which includes the FAAS line, which is a solid running shoe line in its own right, during 2015
The reality is that

I am a running shoe geek and I want to try all the new, old and in between running shoes, but know that I can't :-). Even though I know that I didn't meet my goal of reducing my new shoe total to under 10 for the year, I had a lot of fun researching which shoes I wanted to try, experimenting (running in) a bunch of different running shoes and have learned that I have certain style of running shoe that I run in better than I do others.

You would think with those 5 brands that I will have enough shoes to drool over, but there are also some other shoes I really want to get on my feet: Adidas Adios Boost, Mizuno Hitogami/Sayonara and who knows what other interesting shoes will come my way by either a trade, great deal or other opportunity.

I have a feeling that my goal (or should I say TheWife's goal for me) of staying under 10 running shoes in 2015 will fail again - hopefully not as badly as it did in 2014, but at least I have fun and learn a lot about all the shoes that are out there.

After all, running shoes are my biggest vice.

Viva le running shoes.

How about you? How many running shoes, did you run in this year

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