I dithered. Can you believe that? (Shut up at the back.) See, it's like this. My very first pair of trainers were Brooks Adrenaline 12s. I loved them to bits. When I needed new ones there weren't any 12s to be had, of course, just New!Improved! 14s. Which hurt. Very reluctantly, and after three false attempts, I ended up with New Balance something-or-others which have always been sort of okay. Ish. The material frayed on the toe-box after about 80km though and I tried to take them back but Sweatshop had been bought out by awful Sports Direct and had changed their returns policy and basically, I've hated NB and Sweatshop ever since.
Fast forward to the other week when someone on the FB page mentioned that TK Maxx had Brooks Adrenaline for£34.99, and I was off like a shot. However, there was a bit of an issue - they had size 8 and size 9. My original Brooks were an 8.5 (I have hobbit feet). The NB were an 8 and I have had sore toes after longer runs as well as achy hips. But the Brooks come up bigger. What's a girl to do?
Buy them both, of course, and dither round the house at home. 8. 9. 9. 8. Might I fall over the toes of the 9 and trip myself up? One of my feet is almost a whole size bigger than the other. With the 8, would I still get the rubbed toes? 8. 9. 8. 9.
I went to Beginners' Running Club in my NB and was thinking about my feet most of the way round. Yesterday I poked at my toes in both new pairs. The 8s were exactly the same as the NB 8s, so I took the Brooks 8s back. Today I went out in the Brooks 9s and my feet felt fine. I was a tad wary of tripping on uneven pavements, but my feet didn't slip around in them at all, and I was able to put my MoreMiles socks on again instead of the thin socks I've had to wear recently. Hooray
None of which explains why, according to my Garmin and Strava statistics, I am running more and getting slower. Not fair, huh? I'm currently doing about 2 5ks and a 3k a week. The 3k is usually intervals, one of the 5ks includes hills (yukyuk) and the other 5k is a gentle potter and tends to be longer, sometimes up to 7k.
Ah, well, at least I'm getting out there again.