This post is well over do…
YAYAYAYA! I finally have new running shoes. It only took some knee pain in my right knee to get me to go to the store. 🙂 Nonetheless I have new sneakers and they fit and feel so great. I ventured over to Naperville Running Company on my lunch break to get fitted. I hadn’t been fitted for shoes since 2011 and that’s a serious shame. The look on the sales associate face when I told her that, was priceless. I promptly followed with, “but I’ve only been running/training seriously since May of this year”. To my surprise, sneakers have a shelf-life y’all. Did you know that? Basically after a year of being on your “shelf” and worn moderately the cushion in the shoe starts to wear. Hence why, they say you should get new shoes every year or every 300 – 500 miles. After we chatted for a bit about my exercise regimen and how many miles I run per week. I took off my sandals and proceeded to walk 10 or so paces away from her and then back. After that she asked if I had a brand preference, I’m really glad I said, no. 🙂
She brought out 4 pairs of shoes: 1) Nike Lunarglide (newest version), 2) Saucony, 3) Mizuno and 4) Brooks Revenna5. I tried on the Nike’s on my left foot and the Mizuno’s on the right. The Nike’s were heavy and bulky and the Mizuno’s felt lighter so I switched my left foot to the Saucony’s and they felt better than the Mizuno’s so I switched my right foot to the Brooks and DING DING DING!!!!
The Brooks felt secure and light, like I was walking on a cloud. I put both pair of Brooks Ravenna5’s on and headed over to the treadmill. I started running for literally 15-30 seconds and the sales associate asked if my knee pain was in my right knee. I said, yes and asked her how she knew. She stopped the treadmill and proceeded to run the tape back to show me exactly how I run. My left foot lands in straight line and doesn’t pronate much. My right foot lands pointed slightly to the right. I also found out that pronating is very normal and everyone does it. I over-pronate a little, which means I need a shoe with more stability in the heel.
After my much needed lesson, we talked race supplements since, my training is calling for runs longer than 6 miles. To my surprise I picked up the Cliff shot blocks. They are like gummies and I’m not a gummy person at all but they tasted good and didn’t get stuck in my teeth. I will be trying a few others in the near future as I don’t think energy gummies is a good idea in my house with a 4 year old, who sometimes sneaks his treats before asking for one. 🙂
Now on to my Week 4 training. I only missed 1 workout due to knee pain and I didn’t want to chance a full blown injury so I waited to run until I had my new shoes. Wednesday’s run I did on the treadmill during lunch because it was raining that morning and probably a good idea. Friday and Saturday, I hit the streets and felt great during my longest run EVER, of 8 miles early Saturday morning. I was OMG proud of my self for keeping somewhat of a consistent pace and running the entire 8 miles. I was able to get in 2 yoga sessions and 1 cross-training session with my KB Scorcher Series as well.
Have you ever been to a running store to get fit for sneakers? How did you like it?