I finally did it. I bought myself some new running shoes. I should have tossed my old running shoes immediately after my half marathon in November, but being the cheapskate that I am, I held onto them a little longer. Only when my knees started to hurt a little more than usual did I finally cave and decide to do some sole searching. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)
Now, I’m sure many of you have normal feet. Not me. Of course not me. Not only do I overpronate (more on my left foot than my right), but I also have unusually large feet for someone my size (5′ 3.5″ — and yes, I”m adding the half inch; when you’re under 5’4″ you add every half and quarter inch you’ve got). To boot, a podiatrist told me that I needed to get orthotics. When she told me how much they were and how they weren’t covered by insurance, I had a lengthy discussion with my feet and told them that I wouldn’t be able to care for them in the manner they deserved due to a financial matter with my health insurance. I asked them to please cooperate and I would do the best I could by investing in, at minimum, decent shoes.
Allow me to introduce you to said new decent shoes, the Brooks Trance 9. Not a cheap shoe! And it honestly pains me that I spent as much as I did, BUT having suffered through many bad shoes, pained knees and feet, and nerve issues in my calf, I’m now a strong believer in spending however much is needed for the right shoe. We’re all different and all shoes are different, so if you’re in the market for buying a new running shoe, shop around. Try a bunch on and talk to a specialist who can guide you in choosing the right shoe for you.
I shopped around for quite a bit before deciding on these. Unlike the last couple of shoes that have been so-so, and that I bought without help, I decided to go to RunTex where they could evaluate my running, feet, and shoes on feet. (When I lived in CA I used to go to Athletic Performance, which was hands down the BEST running store in the South Bay. My brother would even buy his shoes there and he lives in NYC!) My salesperson was extremely helpful, taking the time to look at my stance, my feet, my run in several shoes, etc… After a couple of stores and much discussion about which ones would be best, they didn’t have much in stock. Big sigh. They were awaiting a big shipment in a few days, but I wouldn’t be able to get out there again for at least a week and really wanted my new kicks. So, I did what they hope we as consumers wouldn’t do, and took their suggestions to the web.
One word, Zappos. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Customer service is fantastic, lots of shoe selection, good prices, and you just can’t beat the no shipping fees from/to their warehouse. I picked 4 that she’d recommended and finally chose the Brooks Trance 9. They were delivered the very next day and I was literally off and running. I love them! (And yes, the 3 pairs that I didn’t keep went back and were refunded on my Visa card; phew!!)
I’m going to be wearing these out over the next few months training for the Zooma half marathon here in Austin. I’ll be following the training program below, in fact am already on my way despite some stops and starts due to allergies, a cold, and a business trip. I’m really excited about my second half marathon! Join me!
|BEGINNERS’ HALF MARATHON TRAINING SCHEDULE|
|1||Rest||2 mi||Rest||2.5 mi||Rest||3 mi||2 mi EZ|
|2||Rest||2 miles||Rest||3 mi||CT or Rest||4 mi||2.5 mi EZ|
|3||Rest||2.5 mi||2 mi||3 mi||CT or Rest||5 mi||2 mi EZ|
|4||Rest||3 mi||Rest||4 mi||CT or Rest||6 mi||3 mi EZ|
|5||Rest||3 mi||3 mi||3 mi||CT or Rest||7 mi||3 mi EZ|
|6||Rest||4 mil||3 mi||4 mi||CT or Rest||8 mi||3 mi EZ|
|7||Rest||4 mi||Rest||4 mi||CT or Rest||9 mi||3 mi EZ|
|8||Rest||4 mi||3 mi||3 mi||CT or Rest||10 mi||3 mi EZ|
|9||Rest||5 mi||3 mi||4 mi||CT or Rest||11 mi||Rest|
|10||3 mi EZ||4 mi||Rest||3 mi||CT or Rest||12 mi||3 mi EZ|
|11||Rest||4 mi||Rest||3 mi||CT or Rest||5 mi||2.5 mi EZ|
|12||Rest||2 mi||20 minutes||Rest||20 minutes||Race Day!||Rest Day!|