Hello All. I would love your advice today. I need new running shoes. I try as hard as I can to live a minimal lifestyle, but somehow the shoes just keep on accumulating. Here is just a small snapshot of half of the many pairs running shoes I keep out (as opposed to those old ones in the closet):
|from left to right: Montrail trail, Mizuno road, New Balance road, Skora minimalist, Asics trail, Scarpa trail|
(Can you tell I love trail running? And I do not cling to any brand?)
But really, the shoes that I currently embrace for all (and I mean ALL) of my road running are the Mizuno Wave Inspires.
These guys are badly in need of replacement. I have trained for and run 2 halves and have done the majority of my marathon training in these shoes. I love them and it is sad to replace them.
So here is my question: I have run all my long runs, speed sessions, tempo runs, hill workouts, and easy runs in these shoes. To make them last longer, I am considering getting a different (perhaps lighter?) type of shoe for my speed and/or easy runs. The Wave Inspires have stability which I think helps for long runs and longer tempo runs. I am not sure it is necessary for shorter distances and speed, though. While I have and sometimes wear minimalist shoes, I do not intend to go much further than 3 or 4 miles in them.
But surely there has to be a perfect shoe out there for my lighter days that will not get me injured and will extend the life of my Wave Inspires.
Does anyone have any suggestions for lighter shoes to stay under 7 or 8 miles at a time? Do you have different shoes you consistently assign to different types of runs?