Nike Zoom Fly – The cheap version of the Zaporfly 4%. I really love these! I’ve worn them for three races, notching two PRs and my second fastest marathon. Is a lot of that mental? Yes. Is a lot of that due to better training? Yes. But still, good shoes.
Saucony Freedom – I got these on a great deal from JackRabbit. These shoes have effectively taken the place of the Kinvara’s in my rotation. Used primarily for track and fartlek workouts, these shoes haven’t disappointed me yet!
Pearl Izumi Road EM Road M3 v2 – I like these shoes so much more than I thought I would and I’m actually on my second pair! They’re a bit heavier than my others, but that doesn’t bother me all that much. I like to try all different kinds of shoes, so it should mean something when I say I plan on getting a second pair of these. Very durable and I’ve used these for training runs anywhere from 3-24 miles. And on trails. Plus, this fall I finally gave in and used these for the full 26.2 distance. My feet have never felt better after a Full.
Pearl Izumi Road EM N1 – Recently, I purchased a pair of the lightweight N1 shoes, with a 1mm drop. I’ve only run one race in these bad boys, but they wore very well. I could notice my feet using different muscles with the lower drop, but overall a good fit. These will become my go to 5k shoes, and I could probably get by in a 10k in these as well.
Saucony Kinvara 7 – I bought these to be my Twin Cities Marathon shoe, and they did not disappoint. The Kinvaras are light and cushioned. Basically, they’re everything that I hoped the Hoka Claytons would be. Excellent shoe. These are on their last legs for me, but are still in the rotation.
Pearl Izumi Trail M2 – After my first 50k adventure in the Xodus, I knew I needed a shoe that drained water for my next 50k. Enter Pearl Izumi again. The M2 shoes were comfortable, and drained water extremely well. My first run in these was actually the 50k, and I had no issues with my feet, even with all the stream crossings. They’re caked in mud now (and have remained so after a few more trail runs) but these are excellent shoes.
Saucony Xodus 6.0 – When looking for trail shoes, I may have over compensated just a bit. These things are beasts. Huge lugs, and waterproofing makes me feel like I can run through just about anything. And really, I probably can. I’ve only found two cons to these shoes. One is that they are a bit heavier than anything else I own, and the other is that they don’t breathe at all, so on longer runs my socks get a bit mushy.
Adidas Ultra Boost ST – I knew I would be getting a new pair of shoes, but I didn’t plan on buying the Ultra Boost. However, they were the one Adidas pair that is less than a 10mm drop, so I decided to try them on. Adidas shoes have always felt great on my feet, and these are no exception.