New Running Shoes

New running shoes are on my feet!!!! I’ve been fitted in the past, but wasn’t impressed. I decided to check out the Road Runner store in my area to see if they fit people for shoes. I’ve been running in Brooks Glycerin 9 & 10’s for over a year and really like them! My only problem is that the back of my lower left leg aches during the run. I thought I figured out the problem. I switched to a smaller size and that seem to really help. I got a deal on Glycerin 9’s and bought them again in my normal size. Oh no! Lower left leg pain back again!!! My left foot is much smaller than my right foot and sometimes it’s really hard to find shoes that fit comfortable on both feet. After this, I decided to go get fitted because no one should have pain while running!!!! As if!!!!

I got fitted at the store with their cool and neat equipment called the “SHOE DOG.” First, you stand on this mat and it reads the pressure on your feet while standing. It tells you how you distribute your body weight. I apparently put most of my weight on my left foot. 53% on m left and 47% on my right. Pretty close to balanced. ( I guess the WII Fit does help :)) It also was able to tell me I have a high arch.

Next, they have you run barefoot on a treadmill and videotape you running. They then analyze how your feet/ankle move while running. They are looking at the flexibility of your foot. You are either rigid, flexible, or very flexible. They placed me as a flexible foot runner. Finally, they tell you what type of shoes would work best for you while running. Your either a neutral, stability or motion controlled runner.

My “perfect shoe” recommendation was …….stability!!!! The brooks shoes I’ve been running in are for neutral runners. Hmmm could that be my problem? They then custom fit you for orthotic inserts. They actually mold your foot into the insert. Next, over to pick out shoes!!! They have the shoes sectioned to make it easier for you to select your shoes. I was sad to see my brooks in the neutral shoes section.

They also recommended size 7.5-8 wide for me. I usually get 7.5 for running shoes and NEVER wide!!! So bigger and fatter shoes!! Nice!! Didn’t think my feet were that wide. The SALESDOG told me it’s to allow for swelling. HUH? My feet don’t swell when I run. Do yours??? Anyways, I’m up to trying anything.

They brought out a few pairs of shoes. Can you believe they brought me a pair of Nike’s? Seriously? I would never run in Nike’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nike and their brand but not for running. Their shoes are more for “show.” If there ever comes a day that Nike is at the top for running shoes, I may try them.

I ended up choosing the Asics Gel Kayano 19. Love them!!! They are comfortable, plenty of cushion, sytlish and absorb impact well. My knee’s & hips feel great!!! I ended up getting size 8 wide. I’ve run 37 miles in them and I think they are too wide. There is too much room in the toe box and on the sides. Of course, my lower left leg aches during the run. Overall they are about the same as the Brooks Glycerin. If I can get rid of the leg pain, I’ll be coasting!! Luckily the Road Runner store allows exchanges & returns within 90 days of purchase. I think that is a nice perk!!!! I plan on exchanging them for the size 8 B width instead of wide E because I need that leg pain to go away permanently and I don’t need such a wide toe box. I will update after I exchange and see if the back leg pain will go away.

Here is picture of my new shoes!!!! 🙂

Tiffnee!!!!

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I’ve been MIA!!! Update!!!

NO excuse! But I’ve been way too busy to keep up with my blog. Blogging is more work than I thought it would be. Choosing topics…… to thinking of things to talk about other than yourself can be hard. LOL…

What I’ve been up to:

December 2012 – Didn’t run the Double Road Race! 😦 That morning it was raining! Not an excuse but this time it’s an excuse. Just got over pneumonia 3 wks before, I didn’t think it would be smart. I’m a nurse and I know how bad getting sick can be. Next year for sure!!!

January 2013 – Recoup time!! My friend had asked me before the NWM to run a half in February. When I went to register, I saw they had a 10k also! I decided to run the 10k! Again, having just recently had pneumonia, thought it was smart not to push myself. I would have about 4 wks to train. See a pattern here? I totally baby myself. I hate set backs and if I can hopefully control them, I will.

February 2013 – Completed the Brazen Racing Bay Breeze Race 2/16 10k. Time 59:27 6.34 miles. That morning they measured the course a little longer. My first 10k! Not bad! I missed top 10 in my age group by 20 seconds! I think this is why they say you race against yourself because if I had known, I would have kicked it in high gear the last mile!!! This was an up and back run! I’m not a fan of up and back! I ran one and hated it. We were all squeezed on this small sidewalk. I must say, they did a really great job running this race. Very organized and not crowded after the first 3/4 of a mile. I will definitely race in another one of their races.

March 2013 – Decided to start a photography business. I’ve been into photography since the film days. 🙂 Love it!!! Why the change from hobby to business? Been thinking about it for a while! I think it clicked while I was taking basketball pictures of my son’s high school team this year. I started off just doing my son’s team (freshman), then players and parents were asking me if I took pictures of their kids. So I started taking JV and Varsity pictures. Everyone absolutely loved it and I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I decided to finally take the step. It will just be part time for now. I already have plenty of equipment, it’s a matter of making it official!!!

Also this month, I sat down and decided my racing goal for this year will be to run one race a month. Remember I’m new to running. I’ve been trying to kick up my pace to sub 9:30’s and so far keeping it there!!! I have a 10k Nike Virtual race this saturday. 🙂 Then in April there is a race for education for my city. I haven’t decided if I want to do the half or 5k. Haven’t really decided my distance preference. So far, I like 10k’s and half’s.

That’s about it in a nutshell! I hope this is start to keep up my blog! Sorry I was MIA!!!

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