Way back in April I promised to tell you what running shoes I ended up going with when I visited Road Runner Sports to get fit for custom insoles and a new pair of kicks. I’m not exactly sure how it’s June – skratch that – how it’s almost July – but we will just run with it.

I tried on a bunch of shoes and by a bunch I mean almost every brand they had. At the time I hadn’t run in anything but Saucony’s in years and I was excited to have an excuse to try something new. I typically tell runners or my coaching clients that there really is no point in trying something new if what you are running in now is working just fine. It’s one of those if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix it type things. I’ve seen far too many runners switch shoes because they had a friend who loved so and so shoe and it worked great for them, only to try it and get injured.

What I had forgotten since my days of working in a specialty running shoe store, over 10 years ago, was that if you don’t atleast try something different once in awhile, you don’t really know if what you are running in is the best for you, or if you just have gotten stuck in a rut. Sometimes change is good, especially when it comes to running.

In fairness to Saucony, I didn’t try on any of their shoes. I already had every style that Road Runner had and I wanted to use this experience to try something possibly new to me.

I was in no way surprised that after trying on all the different brands that ended up with a pair from Brooks {disclaimer: I worked for them 10 or so years ago}. I went with the Launch, which I had never tried before.

I went on feel {and you should too} but I also liked how they looked on my feet {score}. The colors were OK but you aren’t supposed to pick running shoes on color anyways, so I didn’t worry about it.

I ended up wearing the Brooks Launch when I ran The Great Wall Marathon and LOVED them. I wanted something more substantial than my Saucony Kinvara’s but something a little bit more flexible than my Saucony Cortana.

Related: 26.2 Miles On The Great Wall Of China
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Loved them so much so, that I’m still keeping them in the rotation of what shoes I run in weekly. I brought them along with me this past week when I visited the Gaia Herbs Farm in North Carolina. I went on a crazy running/walking/hiking/swimming adventure with a new friend and they were still comfortable even with completely soaked socks.

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I’ll be giving away a $50 gift card to Road Runner Sports later this week on my instagram page as well as giving you a coupon code to use in store or online, so make sure you are following me and Road Runner Sports on instagram so you don’t miss it {you will also need to be following both of us to enter}.

Thanks again Road Runner for taking me out of my comfort zone and reminding me it’s okay to try something new even if what you are currently running in is working great!

Are you one of those people who is completely brand loyal or do you branch out and try new running shoes each time you need new ones?

note: This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Road Runner Sports.

Find your Road Runner Sports store or shop online at roadrunnersports.com. Remember, only at Road Runner Sports you get to test-run your shoes for 90-Days to make sure they’re perfect!

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