I ventured north about an hour (we do not have a specialized running store where I live) and paid a visit to Fairhaven Runners in Bellingham, WA.
The store was extremely busy (good for them) and I had to wait for someone to help me. I never felt like they were ignoring me but the wait was interesting with my 4 year old son in tow. Finally it was my turn. I told the sales guy about how long I had been running and showed him my Mizunos (I brought them with me). I tried on several pairs... some of the new version of Mizunos... Nike... and some other brands until I decided on Asics. Price and fit came into play of course. These have a good fit and felt great when I took them for a test run up and down the sidewalk in front of the store. I spent a little more than I had thought I would but they felt so good and you just shouldn't cut corners on your shoes!
I am happy with the purchase but a little sad to see my Mizunos just sitting on the back shelf in the closet... I ended up purchasing a size 10 1/2... geez... what is the next size up? Does the box just say SKI on it? Having 3 kids does have it's blessings but not so much on the size of your feet.
I can't wait to try them out... it is the first day of Spring but of course it is raining buckets outside so the treadmill is where I will be. **weather update - evidently Spring decided to show up... the sun is shining in Western Washington! I think I will still stick with the treadmill since I have my 4 year old this morning until he heads to Preschool.
Yeah for new shoes! I have a 10K this weekend so that is where they will get "broken in" ... can't wait! This will be my first "race" since my Half Marathon in January! I am itching to put a number back on!
** Ran 6.25 miles on the new shoes (treadmill) - I had to stop a couple of times to adjust the laces but the end of the run was great... I like them!