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Strategy for Rotating Running Shoes (Marathon Training)

What is your strategy for rotating running shoes during marathon training? A great perks of being a running coach and blogger is that I have exposure (not always that I test, but I have exposure) to a great deal of wisdom regarding a variety of different types of shoes and running shoe wisdom and education. 

Strategy for Rotating Running Shoes during Marathon Training

A little bit about my running shoe background, for the uninitiated:

I grew up (like just about everyone else in the 90s) running in Nikes, from the Nike Air to gels to the Shox. I did the Nike ID Shox for years and years even with my orthotics, which I had custom made (my first pair) in 9th grade. The Shox worked for me because I they were neutral enough not to interfere with the orthotics and also because I wasn’t running enough for it to matter. 

Fast forward to 3rd year of college (2008). I start running more, I notice my knees hurting, I go to a running store, and they change me to Brooks. And my love affair with Brooks continues for another 6 years, from the Switch (support) to the Adrenaline (Support, and only 1 pair of these) to the Defyance (neutral-support) for my first half marathon and first marathon to the Ravennas (support, second marathon). I tried the new (at the time) Ravennas after that marathon, but the fit wasn’t right. It was time to move on.

I made a big switch and decided to throw myself in a completely different direction (but still in the gently supportive direction) with the Newton Kismet (review here). After going a little too minimal in the BOCO’s this winter, I took a reprieve from the Kismets with my old (dead) Ravennas but ultimately returned and ran my PR marathon in them (Phoenix) and qualified for Boston. Love the Kismet, but still I’ve looked for a good option that I could use to give my calves and feet a break from a more minimal shoe and also to rotate with the Kismets. 

As I reviewed last month, I tried the Mizuno Wave Enigma 5, but was left with arch pain. 

So I returned to one of my old friends, Nike. I have been lucky to work with Nike on some media events (like the Nike Free 3.0 launch), but I had yet to really test out the Nikes again. Consequently, I took myself to Nike for a running and gait analysis and got fit for new shoes. I took home the Nike Zoom Pegasus 32.

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Also, my post was quoted in Business Insider talking about the Nike fit process! How cool is THAT?

And now I have one more shoe in my stable: the Nike Zoom Elite 8.

My Strategy in Rotating Running Shoes

First of all, if you are interested in why rotating shoes is generally a good idea, please see these articles from Competitor. In the past, I have had some difficulty rotating shoes (beyond rotating the same model of shoe, just different pairs), but I think it was more because I was rotating the WRONG shoes and in the wrong way.

These are just the shoes for running. I do most of my lifting in my Nike Free 3.0, which are completely minimal.

The Shoes and How I Utilize Them

An important note: I wear orthotics with all of these, and they are all neutral to neutral-support with more loving to the arch. That said, even if you choose completely different shoes, the same strategies apply!

Newton Kismet

The marathon and speedwork shoe.

I am utilizing the Kismets as my version of a racing flat mixed with my standard shoe (give me a minute). I am keeping them in the rotation for my medium length weekday runs, which are always 8 miles. I am doing this so that when it comes times for the marathon, I will have the option of wearing them. I say that I am using them as a sort of racing flat because these are my speed shoes–when I want to feel and go fast. The more minimal design and the POP lugs give me more pick up than a more traditional shoe while also promoting greater leg turnover for higher cadence. They also help keep me more to a midfoot strike. Thus, in the Kismets, I feel more back to my regular pacing and running gait.

Nike Pegasus 32

The workhorse, long run, and coaching shoe.

The Pegasus is my workhorse. Incredibly comfortable, just enough support, and my go to for long runs at the moment. The aren’t a speedy shoe (for me), and I tend more towards a heel strike in them, but I can put the miles in and not feel so nervous–very helpful when you are coming off of a stress reaction. I can’t say much more about them than that I ran Ragnar in them… without ever having put them on before. And I came out happy and healthy. Boom! They are like a pair of great fitting jeans and a perfect v neck t shirt: everything you need and you can dress them up or down.

Or such awesomeness as this.

Or such awesomeness as this.

These are the shoes that I travel with–they serve all purposes. The only snag is that they bring me more to my heel and I tend to run a little bit slower in them. (But they are great for coaching!)

Nike Zoom Elite 8

The tempo shoe

The latest addition to my line up is the Zoom Elite 8. I wanted something other than the Newtons that was a bit more traditional in shape but faster in feel. The Elites offer me that–there this less of a difference between the toe and heel, and there is more a rise/lip in the rear and front (if you compare the pictures, you can tell). That promotes quicker heel to toe foot turnover, which promotes speed. Also, they are a bit lighter than the Pegasus, so they are great for me to do speed work and midweek runs that are more tempo-based. Also incredibly comfortable, and very similar to the Pegasus, but they are different in feel, so don’t expect them to be the same!! I love the feeling of the arch-wrapping (promoted by the structure of the shoe) which is perfect for my not so great arches.

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Do you rotate different running shoes? Or do you stick with what you know works? No judgments, I did that for years! 

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77 Comments

  • Reply Michelle

    Very interesting! I run solely in Newtons and have no issues, so if it’s not broke, I’m not fixing it! Oh how I remember my Nike Shox…I loved those!
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    August 5, 2015 at 5:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nike Shox were fantabulous. Do you remember the boing commercials! And yyyyaaayyy Newtons!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I rotate between the Pure flows, Pure cadences, and pure connects. I like each of them for different purposes, but they keep changing the models! I am planning to go to my local running store soon to try out some different shoes, maybe even something besides Brooks…but we will see! I have been wearing Brooks for almost 10 years except for a short break when I wore asics.
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    August 5, 2015 at 5:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that you are a Brooks adherent, and I respect that! But I love that you rotate between them.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    Hi suz! First, I miss you. I’ve been so MIA. Second, this was really helpful for me and just what I needed to hear – I’m training for a half right now and I love my Brooks, but I got a model without much cushioning or support and I need to offset that with another model like the Ghost which I used for my last half! Let the shopping begin. 🙂
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LETS GO SHOPPING
      I totally miss you. Can I go shopping with you?

      August 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Reply meredith @ Cookie ChRUNicles

    I do rotate my shoes. I didn’t always but once I found a few pairs I love enough to wear all of the time, it has made a huge difference in how I feel and has extended the life of my shoes. My main pair are Adidas Energy Boosts. I wear those for long runs, hard runs and races. I rotate in for easy runs/recovery runs the Hoka Cliftons and Mizuno Wave Enigma 5’s. It works really nicely and keeps things from getting boring too lol.
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve noticed that you do a great job of rotating them, and you definitely know what works for you!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I think blog surveys are good to get an idea of what your readers like, but at the end of the day it is your blog, so post whatever makes you happy!

    Oh, and I pick my running shoes based on the colour I like that day. I am not a very dedicated runner though haha.
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree with you (still my blog, suck it). And things aren’t going to change thhhat much, just make it a bit better for all involved!
      And you know that I waited to buy my second pair of Pegasus’s until the new colors came out.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Oh do I have a ton of shoes. I have probably 12 pairs right now. Saucony & Hookaoneone are my favs. I also have tons of Mizunos and Asics. I rotate them throughout the week. My foot doctor didn’t want me wearing the same type two days in a row. I have to tell you when you get old like me foot problems are a real issue for women. Hookaoneone’s and Sauconys have been my saviors.
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Holy crap, I want you to write a post on your shoes! And I’m worried about feet later on, thus why I’m trying to do my best now!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    I think the Nike Pegasus were the first running shoes I had! I used a few Nike pairs until I found Brooks and fell in love with them. I do have a few pairs of shoes that I try to rotate through with running, but right now that’s just not happening, ha. Any shoes that are close are what are getting put on these days 😉 I’m eager to get a new pair of running shoes when I’m cleared to start running again!
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m learning that so many people started in the Pegasus! And I think that you have a great excuse to just go for whatever is easy and convenient. Plus, who needs laces??

      August 6, 2015 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Michele

    In the past I’ve always just stuck to one shoe at a time, but since I got the Enigma 5’s I’ve been rotating those with my Kayanos and it works well. Kayanos for the long runs and Enigmas for everything else lately! I think it’s probably better to rotate different shoes for different purposes and to switch things up for your legs and feet. Now if only $$ weren’t an issue, then I’d actually do it!
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      For me, in the past $ was a huge part of why I was really selective about it. I’m really lucky to get to try some new things this time around!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I need to start rotating shoes! I wear the pureflow for everything, but want to give the pure connect a try for speed/tempo/racing. I also just love running shoes and would have so many except I try to limit my shopping.
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that Brooks is looking to switch up their line soon, so I would either wait that out or go NOW!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    THis is just a wealth of knowledge. It tells me two things: 1) I’m clearly not a runner and 2) when I trained for my half, I was doing it wrong! Jeeez these tips would have been so great to know when I was training. By the time I ran my race my shoes were almost destroyed but I was too scared to buy new shoes because I didn’t want to run in non-broken in shoes. Pinning!
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    August 5, 2015 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have run a few races in broken down shoes, and no more! Now, I’m getting on it WAY earlier.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Montana

    I run in Mizuno and have been for a year. I use the Creations and Prophecys because I need a neutral-support shoe (pronation in one foot) and with orthotics. I’ve been pretty happy with both shoes so far, but it is coming time for me to get new ones soon. I am thinking of trying out the new Asics Gel Quantum 360- I’ve tried them on and they are super comfortable! I’ve also thought of adding a speed work/light mileage shoe to my lineup- most likely the Mizuno Wave Riders, because they are super light weight. Thanks for your opinion on this!

    August 5, 2015 at 7:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always! I don’t know as much about the Mizunos, so I’m no help there. Good luck with figuring it out! Having a speed shoe is super fun.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    I am not currently running, but I think this is really interesting. I honestly never thought about rotating running shoes! By the way, I was looking for a new lifting shoe so thanks for mentioning that. I am going to check out the Nike Free 3.0.
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They are super duper flexible, but they are great because they test my stability, which I need.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I’m a Nike girl through and through. I got fitted for the Nike Zoom’s before my first marathon and those suckers carried me through just fine, so I don’t want to mess with a good thing!
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Preach to that!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Even though I’m not even fast, I do rotate 2-3 shoes too. I like to have a pair for longer runs and a pair of faster shoes for fast racing! It may be totally mental, but it works for me.
    Great post!
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It has nothing to do with being fast! You are being smart 😀

      August 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Megan

    This is some great advice! I try to always rotate my shoes too. I’ve never tried Nike’s but if you’re ever looking for a new “workhorse” shoe, I would recommend the Hoka’s! They look big and goofy, but they actually feel a ton lighter than other shoes I’ve been in. Perfect for long runs and long tempos to save your legs! Plus they last forever so I always end up saving money 🙂
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Some of my friends swear by the Hokas! I feel like I would trip over myself!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    This is really interesting! after the PF I kind of want to change around my shoes. I got the Mizuno Enigma to test and really like the the cushioning. I am interested in learning more about Newtons. I am intrigued by the forefoot cushion I’ve heard about.
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will say that the Newtons might be a little bit problematic for you unless you really take your time getting into them because of the strain that they can put on the achilles and thus the plantar fascia. Then again, I worked into them pretty well!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    I have never been able to wear Nike’s. I started my fitness life in Adidas, eventually moved to Under Armour and am now an Asics girl. I tried both Brooks and Saucony and they each left me with shin pain after at first feeling ok. I can be less selective when doing traditional workouts at the gym but definitely not running 🙂 great post! and um, I like hearing about the food!
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    August 5, 2015 at 7:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha don’t worry, the food won’t disappear! You know me! I’m glad that you have found something that works for you. I know a lot of people who adore Asics!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I started running in Nike Pegasus 20 years ago in high school! They are a phenomal shoe! The only shoes I currently rotate are Nike Vomero and Hokas. I need lots of cushioning for my high arches!
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    August 5, 2015 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like it! But it sounds like you know what you need–ain’t broke…

      August 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Renee

    I love this post because you have shoes like I have shoes. Many and ALL for different things. I might need to try the new run free from Nike, I’ve been so far away from Nike for so long maybe I should take a look back. I have my trusty mizuno wave 17’s that I LOVE for short distance now, saucony kinvara 5’s for long runs (two pair). Enigma 5’s for workout classes. Hayate’s for trail runs/cycling and some reebok zigs for teaching classes. I love sneakers!
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    August 5, 2015 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hsahahahaha you crack me up. SHOE WHORE

      August 6, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Bri

    I wish I had two shoes for road running… I have my Saucony Peregrine trail runners, my Nike Frees for the gym and my Brooks Pureflow for all other running. I’d like to find one for shorter, speedy runs and use my Brooks for long runs. But $$$$$ 🙁
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    August 5, 2015 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth. You should see if ShoeKicker works in Canada! And find a shoe you like then wait until they come out with the new version–you can buy last season’s model for less!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    I totally run every single run (speed work/hills/long runs) in my Nike Pegasus. Honestly, they are one of the most reliable shoes for me and I would be extremely hesitant to run in anything else. That being said, I usually have two pairs in rotation to make sure I’m not just totally killing the cushion and support in my shoes. I used to run in Asics, Mizunos, Newtons, Hookas for like five seconds (HORRIBLE in my opinion), and pretty much any other brand under the sun. Nikes are just what works for me.
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    August 5, 2015 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You might really like the Elites–they feel fast and are very similar to the Pegasus!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    Great info, Susie! I’ve bookmarked this post. And congrats on being quoted in Business Insider, that’s awesome! I hope your viewership skyrocketed after that. 🙂

    August 5, 2015 at 9:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, it was BI Australia, but it didn’t hurt 😀 Thank you, Linda!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Sam @ See Sam Run

    I just switched from neutral to support shoes and need to bulk up my collection of those so I can start rotating with those! I still have used my neutrals (all Brooks) just because I can’t let them go, but my calves get so so tight after I wear them. Of course my store is lacking in my size so I can’t play around with much!
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    August 5, 2015 at 10:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hmmm. Your calves get tight? That’s interesting, and sounds like a product of your gait mayhaps. I would suggest getting a gait analysis if you haven’t already!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    For whatever reason, it has never occurred to me to rotate my running shoes…such a great idea!!!
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    August 5, 2015 at 11:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yep! Let me know if you want some help figuring it out!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I pretty much stick with what works. I have one new pair of shoes outside of my usual Mizunos that I like and put in once in a while.
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    August 5, 2015 at 11:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As long as you are happy, that is fine, but it might help you to switch it up! Different workouts, different shoes!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Gretchen | Gretchruns

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this! I usually have 3-4 shoes in my rotation as well. Right now I’m loving my PureFlows for racing (3 for shorter races and 4 for longer). They’re amazing!
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    August 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve always wanted to try out the pure projects, but I worry about going that low drop. The Newtons don’t scare me as much!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I’ve had a post about the importance of having more than one pair of shoes in my list of ideas forever, but still haven’t written it. Props to you on an awesome post. I usually just wear my shoes until they die and then get new ones. I am seriously loving all these Nikes now though so I may end up jumping on that train too.
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    August 5, 2015 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks boo. And like I said, I’ve got some pairs that you can try!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat

    I have oh so many shoes. 4 pairs of mizuno wave riders that still have mileage left on them – but I typically like them for marathon training runs and since I am only doing half’s this fall they will most likely remain hardly used.
    Right now I am pretty obsessed with the saucony kinvara. I have 2 pairs of 4’s and one 5 (was so hesitant to upgrade took me until now when the 6 is out lol) that I am loving on. They make me feel fast but also supported. And then I have a couple pairs of Mizuno sayonara’s. I rarely wear the same shoe 2 runs in a row which is why I have multiple of the same shoe usually.
    Nike’s never worked for me (although I wore shox and lunar glides) but I may have to revisit. I have a wider foot and I just felt cramped in it but am interested to see how they fit now.
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    August 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are hilarious. From what you are saying, with a wider foot, I don’t know if the Nikes would work for you. Have you tried Saucony’s?

      August 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    i think i need to try the pegasus next. I’ve heard good things. I need light weight too!
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    August 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a fan–they are a great all around trainer.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I loved reading this. I tried to switch shoes this marathon training cycle and ended up sticking with the Adidas Energy Boost 2s again. I use Brooks pureconnects and such for speedwork, and also throw the Mizuno Wave Riders, Enigma 5s, and other Brooks shoes in the mix. I really want to try those Newtons ( I’ve heard from others they make you feel fast!) and am curious about those Nike Pegasus now! I also ran my first marathon in Ravennas (#twinsies).
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    August 5, 2015 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwww Ravennas. Brooks makes me happy. I like that you have lots of variety! And the Newtons have my heart, they do.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    I rotate out my sneakers for different activities, like teaching cardio classes versus strength classes. But of course, I prefer light and loose for running. 🙂 Thanks for sharing what works for you, Susie!
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    August 5, 2015 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s like using different equipment–you wouldn’t run in yoga stuff, would you?

      August 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I don’t run often (unless it’s up and down stairs to the bathroom between clients…TMI?) but I have two pairs of shoes that I switch off with throughout the weeks.
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    August 5, 2015 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that it is crucial–you have to let the shoes rest!

      August 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    I was a Saucony person through college and after and then I switched to Brooks. I still love Saucony and may have to give them another try. I have the Brooks Ghost 7 right now, but with the minimal amount of time I ran in them, I cam’t make a definitive decision. Definitely want to do a gait analysis!!
    Love the idea of rotating shoes – I also got the Brooks Launch (Lobster edition – Boston shoe) and can’t wait to try it out.
    Great post!
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    August 5, 2015 at 11:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I adore the lobster Brooks. I hope they do something as hilarious next year. The Ghosts were never my favorite–the arch hits in the wrong place for me. But I will always love Brooks in my heart.

      August 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    I had a super solid “different workouts, different shoe” rotation going this fall, and then I got scared by my leg issues and have struggled with shoes since.
    I loooove the Newton Distance S for speedwork and up to a half marathon. They’re so poppy. And the Momentum or Kismet for longer distances. Love.
    I’m trying to get the confidence to head back to my Newtons because I miss them.
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    August 6, 2015 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve totally been in your “shoes” yukyuk and it has taken me quite some time to work back into the rotation aspect of things. And I’m still nervous about it every now and then!

      August 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Anna @Piper's Run

    I only wish I had more shoes to run in! I have three pairs of Asics Gel Cumulus (LOVE) and a pair of New Balance 890’s. I love them for different reasons but haven’t managed to go too far from Asics 🙂
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    August 10, 2015 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nothing wrong with that! I didn’t used to rotate as much, except for the actual pairs of shoes–I had multiple pairs of the same shoe. But this is working for me this time around!

      August 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Ok this was fate — I’ve had a pair of Nike Pegasus Zoom 32s in the shopping cart for a week now but I’m so nervous to switch brands this close to the marathon. BUT I definitely loved them when I tried them and I’m a neutral runner. So glad to hear that they stand up to some long runs
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    August 10, 2015 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m a fan and they can do it! And so can you!

      August 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I had a pair of Newtons that I absolutely loved, heck they got me to a HUGE half marathon PR and they did exactly what you said, I felt fast in them and the lugs definitely helped. Then I got a calf injury from them, so those are no longer. My new love is the Asics Gel Nimbus and I love them for the cushioning. I need a lot of cushioning so these are perfect. They are light, but not light enough to make me feel fast, I wish they did. I have added in the Enigma 5, which I LOVE almost as much as the Nimbus, but I’m on a hunt for a speed shoe. I have the Adidas Boost, but I notice they are only good for 5 miles and under otherwise the ball of my foot starts to hurt. I love rotating my shoes for sure! (BTW, while writing this comment I’ve been bumped up to the to the top of the page 6 times and had to scroll back down to the comment box while a video on your sidebar keeps going on and off, thought you should know. If it was anyone else, I would have left without a comment.)
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    August 13, 2015 at 7:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you for letting me know! I will have to figure out how the hell to stop that, that is infuriating.

      August 14, 2015 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Meg Lund

    I have never heard or thought about rotating my running shoes before! This is a great idea, though, because it will help me keep my shoes nice and it will help my feet stay healthy! Additionally, I liked your suggestion for the temp shoe that you showcase at the end of this article. I have really bad arches and so finding a good running shoe that will support them is hard. Thus, the fact that you recommend this shoe because it helps with your arches makes me more willing to buy them. Thank you for your insight!

    August 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy to help! Just make sure that, if you have orthotics, that you take them with you to try out the shoes!

      August 21, 2015 at 11:20 am
      • Reply Meg Lund

        Oh, that is a really great reminder! I definitely wouldn’t want to buy a pair of shoes and not of the orthotics be effective. I will be sure to take them with me– thank you!

        August 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

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