Going Back to What Works

I got in another pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s yesterday and plan on them becoming my primary running shoes.

Skechers GoRun Ride 3 -- 5/16/14
Skechers GoRun Ride 3 — 5/16/14

Over the past month and a half, I have been doing the running shoe shuffle, with varying degrees of success. All the shoes have had their positives or negative features and well…to be honest none of the are the complete answer to what I am looking for in my primary running shoes and those will either find different uses or homes, so I don’t keep trying to wear them.

Skechers GoRun Ride 2's -- 5/20/14
Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s — 5/20/14 with Joey in the background. You are interrupting my nap – for what – taking pictures of running shoes – get outta here!!!

Yes, I know that I go against the grain of current conventional thinking, which is to have a rotation of multiple running shoes. However, I prefer to have one pair that I do most of my running in and use other shoes for specialty use i.e. speed work or technical trails and maybe a different shoe as a recovery run shoe if I feel that I need to change something up.

So while I do rotate my shoes based on the runs that I do, I still will put 80% of my miles in my primary running shoes.

It works for me.

Why the Switch back?

Well…looking back through my logs, I had my most injury free running last year running in Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s, the two pair that I had worked better than any other shoes I have run-in, in a long time.

3 Pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2's 2/20/14
3 Pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s 2/20/14

Okay Harold, if they worked so great for you, why did you stop running in them?

Basically, I screwed up – there is no other way to put it. Several readers have commented that I need to go back to the GRR2’s and finally I have.

When the GoRun Ride 3 came out I was one of the first to order it when it became available. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me and the GRR2’s were becoming scarce as hens teeth in my size 8.5.

So I went ahead tried to find something else that would work as well and would still be available locally. The Pearl Izumi shoes I ran in did well, but had their own quirks that I did not like and the other shoes I have tried have paled in comparison to the GRR2’s.

Looking Forward

Last week when I saw Seth at the Rail Trail Run Shop, I got a sneak peak at some of the new Skechers stuff coming out in November and the GoRun4 that I saw is going to be something special and something that I will be running in when it comes out. In other words – I want!

Skechers (if it is released with the upper I saw) has resolved my primary problem with the GRR3 or GR3 and gotten rid of the sewn-in pleather stability strap on the outside of the toe box (which irritates my Tailor’s Bunionette), on the GR4 that I saw.

Which meant I need bridge running shoes until November.

The reality is that

I knew that I needed another pair of Skechers GoRun Ride2’s and stop making excuses about why I am not running in them.

They just work for the way that I run.

So I did a lot of looking online for another pair of 8.5’s – unfortunately, either the price had increased (go figure) or there were limited colorways – I am not a big fan of black on black running shoes and will not buy shoes in that colorway. I knew that the GRR2’s in size 8.5 were both a tad too big and I was able to come up  with 4-5 places that had a pair of 8.0’s in stock for a reasonable price.

On Friday, I ordered a pair from 6PM.com

I got my bridge shoes yesterday and they fit fine.

Honestly, TheWife was not thrilled but…not too vocal in her displeasure ;-). Oh well, my running shoe addiction in action.

Will they last to November?

No, I don’t expect one pair of GRR2’s to get me to November, but in combination with the Launch, GoRun2’s and the Green Silence, I should be able to get fairly close and who knows maybe another pair of GRR2’s will find their way, to me this summer – say around August – if I can find another pair. Otherwise, I will muddle through to November and get something from the Skechers Go version 4 series when it is available.

This is the 3rd pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s I have had and the first two pair were great for me, now to see how this pair do.

Three pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 3's
Three pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 3’s

The bottom-line is that Sometime You Just Have to Go Back to What Works or better yet stay with what works until you can’t get them anymore.

4 thoughts on “Going Back to What Works

  1. I usually stick with what I know works. For me that has been Brooks Adrenaline. I do own a pair of Newtons and Saucony. Loving the Sauconies.
    I have also bought into the idea that running in different shoes is a good idea, but I only have three pair that I switch out.

    1. Thanks Andy, I need to follow your example more. If something works, I need to stay with it instead of jumping off to the next “magical” running shoe that is so great. I have a feeling that I will be sticking with Skechers, especially now that I know that their new line-up in November with the GR4 resolves the issue I had with version 3. 🙂 Now to just do it.

  2. Love this, Harold – and I think you are smart to do it. WHY must we constantly muck about looking for the golden winged shoes that will make us fly like Greek gods … when we know they don’t exist. I am liking my Saucony Virrata’s, just saw that the Kinvara 4s dropped to half price now that the 5 is out (with supposedly much better toe-box) and I might grab some of those because they actually worked very well for me.

    The problem – as I think you know all too well, is that the pursuit of the thing to give our runs ‘magic’ can end up hurting us and making us unable to run at all!

    1. Thanks Mike – The grass is always greener on the other side – right, that idea that we just have to keep trying something new and different. I wanted something that I could still get locally and unfortunately, getting the GRR2’s is tough locally or online. Also in talking with the chiro today, I learned a couple of things and because of those things, for me a rockered shoe is the appropriate choice. So we will see how it goes and I will give a more complete report of what the chiro said later.

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