Once again I find myself in a shoe dilemma with a big race on the horizon. Remember that one that happened literally the day before Marine Corps? That one was kind of a fluke, and totally unrelated to my current problem.
My current problem is one that we have all faced: You fall in love with a particular model of shoe, the manufacturer comes out with a new model and the new one just does not work for you. Most of us runners have a tendency to stockpile shoes when we find one we love. But I failed to do that this time and now my ‘older’ model isn’t available in my size anymore. I tried the new version of my beloved Stinson ATR’s and it just does not work for me. Now I find myself with 28 days until race day and in a scramble to find a new pair of trail shoes, since my current pair are pretty much worn out.
Have you ever watched that TV show House Hunters International? I always think it’s so neat how a lot of houses outside of the USA have names. If our house was on House Hunters International, its name would have to be House of Hoka. I’ve got Hokas out the wazoo right now, as I try and find a new model that will conquer my first ultramarathon with me. Thank goodness for companies with trial periods and 90 day returns.
I’ve got things narrowed down to the pair in the middle (Challenger ATR 2) and the pair on the right (Mafate 2). The ones on the far left are the aforementioned new Stinsons ATR’s that don’t work. As for the other two, I’m having a hard time deciding. I’m glad this process isn’t going on in a running store, because I’d probably be driving the sales guy nuts with my indecisiveness.
There are different things I really like about each model, and not a whole lot I dislike about either. I think I may end up doing longer runs in both over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully there will be a clear winner between the two before race day!
What shoe debacles have you faced in the past?
What do you do when an updated model doesn’t work for you?
P.S. Hoka is currently my shoe of choice – sadly they don’t pay me or give me free stuff.