Today's run was not on any training program, but it was what I wanted to do, so I did it. I haven't done more than half a mile since the 15-mile training run, so I wanted to put myself out on the road again just to remind myself that I can run a (albeit short) distance and not be a) exhausted at the end or b) in pain.
In case you missed it in the last post, my feet took a pretty hard hit on that last run. Like, I still have blisters and a few of my toe nails are looking mutinous and bruise-y. After some serious sole-searching (ha ha, get it?), I decided to try a shorter run with my old shoes, for comparison's sake.
Here's what I found out: I am reasonably sure the toe-box of the Mizunos in the size I have is too small to wear on long-distance runs. That could be because I need a size up in the shoes, or because the toe-box is just smaller on Mizunos in general. But either way you look at it, the Nikes felt far better on my feet than the Mizunos have been feeling. Like, almost no impact issues at all between my toes and the box of the shoe. And no reminding myself not to pronate (which I spent the entire 15-mile run consciously reminding myself).
So. I'm going to revert back to my Nikes for the next couple of runs and see how they do, especially over my next long run. If they are still superior, I'll be making a trip to Fleet Feet soon for a second opinion and likely a new pair of Nikes. The current pair has over 200 miles on them, and won't last out the rest of the training I have to do before the 26 mile run... and I only have 6 weeks in which to break in a new pair, anyhow! Yikes!