Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Running Shoes

Hi Everyone,

I hope you had a great weekend, I had a very relaxing weekend which is not usually the case for me, especially during these very busy summer months. Anyway, I got out for a couple runs this weekend and I think I finally got a little budget surprise.

If you recall, I participated in Tough Mudder last weekend. Well this is what my running shoes looked like afterwards:

And since Tough Mudder cleans up the shoes and donates them to those in need, I knew it was time. I did a mud run last year and cleaning my shoes after that was frustrating, I saw this as a great opportunity to take clean up duties off my shoulders.

Only because of all that, I found myself going for a run with a very old pair of running shoes. I usually only use these old runners for dog walks but thought, I paid almost $200 for them less than a year ago, they can't be that bad right?...


I couldn't figure out why after all of my Tough Mudder training going out for a light jog was so difficult. I couldn't keep a pace for more than 2 minutes at a time before my calves were on fire. I am pretty sure a guy walking even passed me at one point!

Well it turns out, that depending on how you land on your feet while running, a running shoe can wear down faster. Not to mention, those shoes saw me through my first half marathon race and the training leading up to it.

So I guess this runner needs to buy a new pair of shoes. Those old sneakers are good for dog walking but definitely not an afternoon jog. Just remember, don't blame yourself for poor running performance (it is easy to do) because sometimes it can be as simple as not having the right shoe.

A lot of companies do professional assessments of your running style to fit you in the right shoe, paying the couple extra dollars for the best shoe for you is important to keep your training on track and it will help the shoe last longer during your training so you don't have to keep going out and buying new shoes.

Have a good week!

1 comment:

  1. Much deserved new shoes. Now we start training for the next one!