Last Saturday, my husband and I had the most expensive date ever…. to the running store. As you know, we are both training for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 5th. My husband was WAY overdue for a new pair of shoes… and of course I was feeling like I could use a new pair, too. If I were to use my current shoes for as long as my husband used his… I’d still have 2 years to go on that pair. (My husband possesses an amazing combination of steely resolve and stubbornness.) But I could tell that my running shoes were starting to break down from the miles and my son (love him) had asked to put my shoes on to take the trash out once and broke the heel. (I have since made a declaration that my running shoes are NOT to be used for dog-walking or trash-taking-out no matter how convenient they are with zip laces on them.)
We signed up to have our strides analyzed. Something that I found fun and interesting — and hopefully helped them recommend the proper shoes! For awhile I’ve been trying to concentrate on striking on my mid-foot instead of my heel and also leaning forward a bit while I run. But this videotaped view of my run from the back offered another interesting tidbit.
I tend to rotate my foot outward and my lower leg (from knee to ankle) is angled quite a bit. The guy doing my analysis said that most people who do this continue on the inside of their foot and OVER pronate. But my hamstrings are strong enough to keep me from the over-pronation part. FASCINATING!
He could slow down the video to show me step-by-step. Of course I also asked him to speed it up so I could imagine myself as Mirinda Carfrae.
Onto trying on the shoes…
The first shoes I tried on were Saucony’s. I could tell from the minute I put them on that they were a great fit. But to be fair, I continued to try on shoes just to see if there was anything else that was a contender. The Mizuno’s were a close second. I tried both of those pairs on several times… with inserts and without. I also ran with them on the treadmill.
The Saucony’s were the winner! They felt great in the toebox, but also snug around the rest of my foot. Wearing them made me feel like a bit of a super hero. (I figure if I’m going to run a marathon, I need all the superhero I can get.)
Cha-ching! Two shiny new pairs of running shoes and two pairs of custom inserts = one expensive date. However, for as much as we will be running, staying injury-free will be well worth it.
I can’t wait to take my new super hero shoes out on my next run. Just 110 days of training left!