: > Being brand new, I didn't know what to look for, so I went to a local
: > running store and they set me up with Brooks Adrenaline GTS 6.
: That's a good basic shoe that seems to work for many folks - and it
: comes in widths.
: >I have a
: > narrow foot, and this shoe seemed to offer me the best fit and comfort
: > of the 6 or so pairs I tried on. I have about 20 miles on them now, and
: > guess they feel alright... to the novice runner! I do have a pronation
: > issue, and I guess this is supposed to help correct that.
: > When running on
: > "giving" surfaces like dirt and wood chips, it feels great. Running on
: > pavement it still feels like I am jarring alot, but that could either be
: > form issue or conditioning.
: I've found the Adrenalines don't have enough forefoot padding for me,
: although I do wear them in my xt class and around the house.
: >The shoe does seem to stay in place, it feels
: > secure, but other than that, I don't really know what to look for.
: > What I want to know is, after I get my 300 miles in on these, what
: > specifically should I look for in a shoe?
: Best thing for starters is what you already did. Go to running store and
: have someone watch you run (gait analysis). They'll look at your shape
: foot as well as your biomechanics then bring out a number of models to
: test. While you're wearing these, pay attention to any issues - aches /
: pains, too little cushioning, instability because of high heel, etc. and
: consider those when you get another pair. Sometimes the shoes that work
: best are the best compromise so if it fits your foot and works with your
: biomechanics, consider yourself ahead of the game. But keep in mind if
: something can be improved for your purposes.
: >Is there a brand that "generally"
: > appeals to more people,
: >or is it very specific to the person?
: yes, and actually it's the specific version of a model. for example, the
: original Brooks Adrenaline ASR (trail shoe) didn't work for me - at all.
: A revised version does. The original Trespass worked for me, the 2nd
: version didn't.
: "If we reach all our goals, we are not setting them high enough."
: - Matt Carpenter
The Brooks Adrenaline, like the Asics 2080, 2090, etc., tend to be great
shoes for beginners. They have some stability and yet enough cushion to
take some the jolting out of the run. From there, you can determine if you
need more motion control or less stability and more cushioning.
I'm using the Adrenaline ASR for trail running and they're perfect for me.
As Dot says, though, just because a particular model fits and runs well
doesn't mean it will the next time you buy a pair. Running companies keep
changing the models and usually find a way to***up and good thing :-)
Or, in the case of Dot's Adrenaline ASR's, make an unworkable model
workable, although I don't hear that as much.