If you're still interested in options, you might try the Mizuno Elixirs.
I use the Adrenaline 13's (which I am now finding a bit stiff/hard) and Asics GT-2000 (which I like alot) for my HM training and races as I'm a mild pronator. For shorter distances (10k or less) I love the Elixirs as they have a very light feeling and just a skosh of support...makes me feel fast! :)
If you're still in the market for a less-support shoe you might try those. Mine have purple tiger stripes which I like! :)
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AMANDAROX since my original posting of this question I've had a few more runs in the Ravennas, I think they are growing on me. I was reading Jeff Galloway's running injury book, he claims that correcting pronation can actually make ITBS worse, and is backed up by a sports medicine doctor! I think I am slowly making my way to a neutral shoe, thanks for the review on the Brooks Green Silence!
I used to run in Brooks Ravenna's but I now opt for a lighter and even less supportive shoe. After reading Born to Run, I realized that the more supportive the shoe, the less natural running gait and foot strikes, which can lead to injuries. I ran my first marathon last October in Brooks Green Silence and I loved how light on my feet I felt. However, my body was very sore for the last 6 miles. Not sure if that is common for a first time marathoner or if the shoes should have had more cushion for that distance. So with my next marathon, I'm training in Brooks Pure Connect, still a light shoe but a bit more cushion than a minimal shoe.
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Cindy I agree! I did lose a toenail after my full marathon, plus two others lifted about half way down, and my shoes were 1/2 size bigger. I'm trying a full size bigger, but if it doesn't make a difference with my toenails, I am going back to my regular size. I have to wear socks with a padded heal with my bigger shoes, or I get blisters. I've thought about having two pairs, and only use the biggies on long runs greater than 10 or so miles. Unfortunately with four kids, two of whom are in college, my running shoe budget is pretty tight.
You know people make a big deal about wearing bigger shoes, but I don't think everyone's feet swell the same. I wore mt regular size when I was running half marathons. Went up a size for,marathons. Bit in those shoe I have trouble if I wear then socks and run 12 miles.
Yes Rhonda CUTE does count!! I seriously think the main reason I'm disgruntled with my Ravenna's is the ugly color, and the fact that they look huge on my feet! I'll give them a chance, I might go back down 1/2 a size, I feel like I have flippers on.
I am in love with Adidas Adizero Tempo shoes. HOWEVER, I had to wear a different shoe (Adidas Supernova Sequence) for runs over 15 miles as they don't give me the support for longer distances. Now that I am only doing HMs and shorter that won't be an issue. Just got my newest pair of Tempos today - cute, cute, cute. And I know that isn't important but it is nice!
I'm going to be the Newton lover in the crowd. :) They absolutely are a love 'em or hate 'em shoe, but I love 'em. I can't imagine changing shoes now. My gait is much more natural, I have NO shin pain, and I cut a full minute per mile off my pace when I put them on (seriously, overnight...) I run half marathons in them.
They have a 30 day return policy, so it is possible to try them without investing too much in them at first.
I ran in Brooks before these, and they were fine, too. I still go back from time to time, but I don't really know why. :)
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NEWRUNNINGSHOES yes I did try the Brooks Trance, they were a bit too supportive, too. I'm really wondering if it's the Ravenna's I don't care for, or the fact that they feel so big since I went up another half a size. I'm only 5'4, and am now running in a size 9.5 (I wear an 8.5 normally). I feel like a duck in these things!! Also I had to get an ugly color (sounds stupid I know, but hey, I like colors LOL!).
Cindy, what makes the Newtons not your 'go to shoe?' I hear so many differing opinions. The only reason I even consider them is my midfoot strike seems to be what they are geared toward? And I could be totally off on that.
Have you checked out the Brooks Trance? After having my feet and gait analyzed, I also found out that I was wearing the wrong shoes. I have the opposite issue as you. I needed more support so they had me go from the Brooks Trance (which I've loved and worn for years) to the Brooks Adrenaline which are working out well for me. They told me that the Adrenaline gives a bit more support for my low arches than the Trance did.
I am going to post this message on both the marathon and half marathon team pages, sorry to those that see it twice!
I've been running many years (short distances for general fitness), started distance running three years ago. I've run several half marathons, 10 miler races, and a full marathon last summer.
After my marathon I developed some bad IT band issues, which have now resolved with lots of PT and cross training. During that process, I had my gait re-analyzed, and discovered the shoes I have worn for over a year are now too supportive (looks like I don't pronate as much as I did three years ago, which I was told isn't unheard of).
Anyway, I have changed from my beloved Brooks Adrenaline's to Brooks Ravenna's. And, I'm now up a full shoe size (was up a half a size) in an effort to keep my toenails.
I'm not crazy about the Ravenna's, but will give them a fair chance.
I'm curious if anyone runs in shoes that are just a tad more support than neutral (like Ravenna's). I also am a mid-foot striker. I've heard Newtons might be a good choice for me, but they to get either "love 'em" or "hate 'em" reviews.
I'd love any thoughts or experiences you can share. I know it ultimately comes down to what works for me, I just want a starting point.
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