My first racing shoes

Lately, I’ve been toying around with the idea of purchasing some racing shoes.  It may surprise some to know that every race I’ve ever run was run in my trainers.  Actually, I ran my first three races in cross trainers before I even considered buying real running shoes.  Usually, I’d try to buy a new pair of trainers before a race and put about 15-20 miles on them.  New shoes are always a little “bouncier” than older shoes.  I figured that if I’m going to break 18 minutes in the 5K in the near future that I may as well at least pretend I’m that fast and get some racing shoes.

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My eyes were initially set on the Adidas Adizero Ace and the Adizero Adios.  The word on the street is that Haile Gebrselassie set the marathon world record in the Adios.  My reasons for choosing these shoes were that my trainers are Adidas and I felt a little bit of brand loyalty, the bright yellow and black color schemes  match very well a certain logo for a certain project I’m working on, and finally Haile Gebrselassie set the world record in the Adios so clearly if I wear the Adios, I’ll run a sub 2:10 marathon.

I bypassed my usual St. Petersburg Feet First running store and headed to the fit2run store in Tampa.  As I suspected, they had a much better selection of racing shoes.  They did not have the Adizero Ace and they were out of the Adizero Pro in my size.  I did get to try on the Adizero Adios.  These shoes fit like a glove.  At 6.8 ounces, they were roughly half the weight of my trainers and lighter even than my bedroom slippers.  I’ve never felt a shoe that so completely conformed to my foot than these.  They were comfortable, but lacked much cushioning.  I felt they might have worked for a 5K, but unlike Haile, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be happy getting through a longer race wearing these.

When I mentioned to the sales guy that I wore the Adidas Supernove Sequence as a trainer, he mentioned that he had some racing shoes that had some stability.  I honestly thought all racers were neutral cushioned, so I enthusiastically agreed to try on some others.  He brought out something by Nike, Mizuno, Asics and Saucony.  The Nike shoes were surprisingly cushioned for a racing flat, but it felt like all the cushion was on the outer part of my foot and I could definitely feel my ankles collapsing inward even as I walked in them.  I think they’d be great for a major suppinator, but not for a slight overpronator like me.  The Asics shoes felt okay, but they slipped in the back.  The Mizunos were nice and were the racing shoe of choice for the sales clerk.  They fit well, but I ultimately went with the Saucony Grid Fastwitch 3:

Saucony Grid Fastwitch 3

At 8.1 ounces, these are still 5 ounces lighter than my trainers.  They fit very well, and are a true stability racer.  Maybe someday I’ll graduate to the lighter shoes, but I think this is a great starting point.  Now, I’m very motivated to register for the midnight run on the 4th of July just to try these babies out.

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  1. Racing flats are my weakness. I always want to buy a new pair. They will make such a difference, guaranteed. I wore the adizeros for a year (I can’t remember which ones right now) which I’ve worn in races from the 5k up to a 1/2 marathon. I even wore them last year for my three day trail race (i.e. 6 tempo runs in 3 days). I’m wearing the Nike Zoom Marathoners right now which I’m digging.

    I think its a good plan to start with a slightly more substantial flat and work down to a lighter one if those feel good.

    I’m following you on twitter now too : )

  2. I also don’t own a pair of racing flats….you make me want some now! I have a gazillion pairs of spikes from my college years, but obviously I’m not running on grass or in open fields anymore. Glad the Sauconys worked out…they are beauties, too! Can’t wait to find out how they work for you while running/racing.

  3. i wear the saucony a2’s. they are wayyy light and flat but have carried me through a half and full marathon, maybe that means i could 2:10 in the adios’. my sauc’s are red/black and say “kiss this” on the bottom. i dig that part.

    i love racing shoes though. they’re always way cooler looking than regular, boring, white shoes. 🙂

  4. Nice shoes! I’m as Asics nut myself. I find the toe boxes in the Sauconys are too big and cause me a lot of leg pain.

    BTW – the heel slipping can be fixed through lacing. Check out the last example on this page:,7120,s6-238-267–12334-0,00.html

    I have the same problem with Asics, but the lacing techniques holds the show firm.

    Also – I feel for all of you in teh Southeast during the summer. We have nothing to complain about here in Southern California.

  5. I have been to that Fit2Run in tampa and it is really nice. Those shoes look really nice! I am sure they will be great for your 5k!

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