It started as the desire to complete just one 10K to say I did it. A few weeks into my training, a relationship came to an end and I lost my job. Those training runs quickly became my best friends as I sorted through the losses and uncertainty. Now, more than 4 years, training for 5 half marathons, and one knee surgery later, the challenges I have taken on in running have helped me understand that I can take on, and conquer, whatever lies in my path ahead.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Shoes!!!!!

Getting new running shoes makes me giddy. And the last pair I bought, Nike Air Triaxx something or the other, I HATED! On mile 8 of the Philadelphia Distance Run last Sept., when the shoes were just a couple of weeks old, I could feel my feet pound the pavement and my hip start to ache. I kept using them, mainly cause I couldn't afford more.

So last night, with a little State of Georgia tax refund in my pocket, I headed off to West Stride, a running store closest to being on the west side of town. It was the first time that someone analyzed my gait on a treadmill with a camera filming my feet from behind. (thank goodness not much of my ample Behind appeared on film.) Turns out I have a pretty neutral stride. My left foot pronates just a tad. (and now I actually know what pronating looks like). I have run in shoes that were for stability, but the guy helping me said I didn't really need that. I tried on 4 shoes including the newest version of my beloved Asics Gel Kayanos. (15's). The Brooks "slapped" on the ground when I ran. The Saucony's felt good. The Gel Kayano 15's were clunky. Toooo much stability, so I had to leave them behind. Then I tried the Asics GT-2140. Loved them!!!

Just had time for a quick 2 miles on the treadmill by the time I finished last night. And I can't completely break up with my Nike's. Gonna keep them in the rotation to stretch the miles.

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