A few days ago, I decided it was time for new running shoes. I’ve been experiencing major shin splints, which is usually a sign that it’s time to purchase a new pair. I cracked open my wallet, dusted away the cobwebs, and prepared to spend around $120 big ones for a pair of Ravenna 2 Brooks. Little did I know that their website has an AWESOME sales selection! I found these for $65, which is a steal for this brand, and walked away from my computer having only spent $70 total. Not too shabby.
Victory is sweet! In Runner’s World magazine’s Summer 2011 Running Shoe Guide, the Ravenna 2 was named Editor’s Choice. In the June 2011 issue, Runner’s World states, “Credit the shoe’s winning combination of a nimble, low-to-the-ground profile and ample cushioning for heel- and midfoot-strikers. Even more impressive is how Brooks now scales the flexibility of this shoe according to gender and size — making the smaller sizes less rigid in the forefoot than larger ones,” adding that the fast feel belies the amount of corrective support it provides. “If you’re looking for a single shoe for both marathon training and racing, this is it.”
The Ravenna 2 is perfectly tuned to the needs of mild overpronators, with just enough support and the addition of Brooks DNA to adapt to each step you take, for customized cushioning and energy return. The 3D adjustable arch saddle conforms to your foot for an ideal instep wrap and a caterpillar crash pad smoothes out the landing zone, moving your foot efficiently through the heel strike. Lace up and optimize your every stride.
A faithful Adrenaline GTS wearer in the office confessed that she has “been cheating with the Ravenna 2″… and she likes it.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m incredibly careful with my money. I went through a period after college where I was devastatingly broke and have been very mindful ever since. Usually every 6 months, I’ll spend money on myself (clothes, shoes, etc.), but I normally keep the expenses strictly to bills and food. I’m also being super tight for a while so I can manage the mounds of payments I’ll have rolling in when I move. I always forget how expensive it between the deposits, moving expenses, and cable hook ups!
Despite being a semi-cheap wad, I am glad that I broke down and got myself a new pair of running shoes. It’s something I do 3-4 times per week and need to treat it like an investment.
What brand of shoes do you find yourself navigating towards?
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