Well, I'm pretty sure that title grabbed a few of my fellow shoe whores :-) Unfortunately, this isn't a post about some really cool new shoes, or boots I purchased, or received... or even HAVE for that matter. Boo hoo. I would love me some new shoes though. Something about fall and cute new pumps that go perfect with Jeans. You know, for all those time I shower, and actually blow dry my hair.... and try to remember how to put make on and all. Whatever, you get the point. No cute new shoes. Blah.
Bet Shane read the title and thought I ordered myself something online... again :-)
Anyway, this post is about RUNNING shoes. Boring, I know.. but, probably one of the single most important things to being a successful, injury free runner (you know, cause I'm all of that and all - ha!)....
I've been thru it all. Several running assessments, orthotics, Adidas, Nike, Saucony, Brooks... you name it, I've probably tried it (remember, shoes we are talking about here people). In the past year or so, I've been running in Asics Gel Nimbus. Doesn't hurt that a good friend is a podiatrist and gets them pretty cheap for me. And, so far, they seem to be helping a lot. No more icky blistered callouses. No sore arches, etc.
But, honestly shouldn't a $120 shoe last longer than 200-230miles? I mean COME ON. Thankfully, I've been averaging only about 15miles a week since June, but once again... in the last week or so everything started to feel like it was falling apart... So, I went to my trusty training log, and sure enough - it was getting time to break in a new pair.
I meant to do it last week.... that didn't happen, then I was going to do it Monday - oops, forgot again. Then for SURE on Wed, but then I was trying to sneak out so the dogs didn't see me (like i had em fooled!) cause I was doing speed work, so once again I didn't do it.
Holy Hell people. My legs and knees hurt last night like I had run 20miles. Or a marathon. OR SOMETHING horrible. They were throbbing and achy and oh - just not right. I was sitting on the couch with 2 bags of frozen peas, one each leg. Dude, it was only 6.5miles!!! Ha..
But then I got to thinking. You know how anyone who doesn't run, or thinks you are crazy for running, always says the SAME THING. That one thing that if you heard one more time you could just scream???
"I can't run, my knees are bad."
Yah, that one thing. Well.... Call me a genius, but I figured it out. It's cause they need some new DAMN shoes!!! Duh. I mean if I threw on my old "running shoes" from 1999 and tried to run 2 miles, I'd prolly say the same thing.
Point taken? I'm going to go switch my orthotics into my last pair of new shoes in stock (a la' Krista's closet) so I will have no more complaining to do about not being cut out for running....
I do have one question though.... How long do YOUR shoes last, cause really, I think just over 200miles is a bit ridiculous!
And yes, Molly.... if you are reading this - I was thinking of you while writing this post. NO MORE RUNNING IN YEAR OLD SHOES!
shoot.. now I've got CUTE shoes on my mind. damn it. maybe I should actually try taking a shower and getting out of my workout cloths first... hmmmm