Running Shoes

For the past few months of my running journey, I’ve been running on these shoes. I purchased them on Rue La La last year, because a few of the running blogs I read mentioned that they loved their Saucony shoes. If you remember, I tried C25K earlier this year, and I just flat out quit. In the meantime, I wore these shoes as my casual tennis shoes, and then when I got back into C25K this past summer, I ran on them again. I know if runners are reading this, they are shaking their heads at me. I still have a lot to learn.

A few weeks ago, I got my shoes fairly muddy and realized that part of the sole was completely worn down on my running shoes. Crud. :-( Those shoes didn’t even last a year, so I assumed that Saucony shoes were just crappy. The more forums and articles I read, the more that I realized 1. As an obese gal, shoes won’t last as long & 2. I shouldn’t have worn my running shoes for casual every day wear. So, I went back to Rue La La for a flash sale and bought these, because they looked similar and were pretty.

I broke them in a couple of times before I ran my 5K. They were OK, however, I started to notice this terrible pain in my ankles after every run. Just random pain from walking in them, so I got a bit concerned and realized I probably shouldn’t purchase shoes based on how pretty they are anymore. I needed to get properly fitted.

The big push to go to a running store was when my local Fleet Feet posted on Facebook that they were having a one day sale on all sale shoes. $25 for any pair of sale shoes (for the hour that I could go after work). I even told H about it since we’re both looking for better work-out shoes. I mean, seriously…$25 for shoes? What. a. steal!

However, I was SO nervous to go to a running store. Why? Well, at first sight I don’t look like I belong there. I hate being judged and stared at in public, because of my size, and I knew that going to a running store, I would be a misfit.

When I got to the store, I was hoping I’d be invisible. No one would notice me, right? WRONG. Weekdays at a running store, even for a massive shoe sale = dead. Two ladies greeted me when I walked in, and I just wanted to say ”I know I’m fat, I know I’m slow, but I’m on my way…please don’t judge me.” But, the cheap person in me was like “sale shoes?”

They pointed me out to one pair that was left in my size. They were crazy bright and awesome. I tried them on, and I was sold. $25 for Adidas? Heck yes!

Running Shoes 2

Then I thought about it, and asked if these were OK for me. Since the store was otherwise dead, two girls were helping me and they asked if I’ve ever been fitted for shoes before? Are you new to running? How many miles/week do you run? What’s your favorite color? Ok, maybe not favorite color, but they genuinely seemed to want to hear my “running story”. So, I explained to them that I’m on my last week of Couch to 5k, and because of mainly running and diet, I’ve lost about 40 lbs. I run 3x/week, approximately 30 minutes each time, but I’m aiming to run longer with time.

I don’t know why, but I still felt nervous about what they were going to say. Were they going to laugh at me? Were they going to tell me I have super messed up feet? They asked me to walk barefoot around the store to observe my stride. Luckily, the only issue they noticed was that my right foot needed extra stability, and one of them asked if I had an injury in my right leg.

They were spot on with that.

You see in high school, I broke my right ankle and ever since, my ankle has a tendency to roll. Luckily, I never rolled my ankle running, but it happens fairly often when I’m just walking around. And also, remember when I mentioned my ankle pain? Well, yeah…those new Saucony shoes didn’t offer the additional stability I needed.

So, I asked if I could try on some shoes, and she said the best shoes for me would be for mild pronation. She brought out three pairs of shoes: New Balance, Brooks and Asics. I was easily able to narrow out one of them, which were the Asics. They were SO comfy, but I didn’t feel the same support like the New Balance and Brooks shoes had. Then I had a dilemma…I had a New Balance on one foot and a Brooks on the other. They pretty much felt the same to me, but in the end after a little bit of walking/jogging in the store, I went with the Brooks. They are the Brooks Ravenna 3 shoes, if you were wondering the exact shoe. :-)

Running Shoes

I tried to keep my cheapness to myself, because I knew I was doing the right thing. I did look over the counter to see the price of these, though. $100. That’s the most I’ve EVER spent on a pair of shoes, y’all. ::gulp:: I also ended up getting the $25 Adidas, because she said they would work fine for regular workouts and plus, they’re such a fun, bright color. :-)

When I got home, I couldn’t wait to try these babies out. I ran last night in my new shoes, and I have to say, it was pretty awesome. It could have been in my head, but I felt like I could put more effort into my run (maybe the good weather helped with that too), and I also didn’t have the ankle soreness OR the terrible tight feeling in my legs afterwards.

In case you were curious about my current Saucony shoes, I did a little research and apparently they are a generic shoe that isn’t even offered in running stores. :-( I guess they’ll end up as a good casual shoe then, since I don’t want them to go to waste. :-P Lesson learned: No more running shoes from a flash sale site.

When did you get your first fitting for running shoes? Did you find it to be worth it too?

 

Comments

  1. I used to work in that type of running store and you made a great choice! Brooks are awesome!

  2. the proper running shoe is sooo important! and i LOVE brooks’ shoes. i am picking up running again and am regretting choosing a shoe that wasn’t necessarily exactly right for my own prior injuries/needs. tight legs post-run SUCK! good luck in your last week of C25k! I’m on week 2 :)

  3. I felt the SAME way the first time I went into our tiny local running store! I felt SO out of place but who cares?! We are runners! So what that we wear double digit sizes? You’re awesome for completing c25k. You look amazing and are making great progress!! (END RANT! HAHA)

    I really do need to get fitted for a pair of running shoes and I am so glad the girls working helped you. How cool they can notice the injury just by your walk!

    • Thanks SO much! It was actually funny..the girls showed me a clothes sale rack and I was like HA! No, I don’t fit in those sizes, but thanks. :-P

      I thought it was VERY interesting when they analyzed my walking…very weird that they noticed the injury too since it happened so long ago.

  4. I still remember my first good shoe fitting more than 5 years ago. Those shoes were amazing and I feel like a drug addict, always searching for another pair of shoes that good. I think they felt so good because I’ve never had a pair that fit me so well. Also, running shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months, regardless of your size or how far you run. I run a lot and replace mine every 4 months.

    PS I’m a Brooks gal too!

    • Oh wow! I didn’t know that…that’s quite often (even 6 months), but I guess it’s worth it to buy shoes rather than face an injury!

  5. I’m so glad you found something that is working for you. The proper pair of shoes really can make a difference.

  6. Great advice!!! I am going to need to do this when I get more serious, because my New Balance shoes are more made for looking cool than anything else!

    • Haha! I hear ya…it was really interesting to have the fitting done and learn more about how you walk, how the shoes are supposed to work, etc.

  7. Brooks are my favorite running shoes. I keep trying on different kinds, but I always come back to Brooks. Plus, my son’s name is Brooks, lol! Gotta go w/ that :)

    • That’s good to hear about the brand. :-) And haha to your son having the same name…guess you kind of have to be loyal to those shoes then.

  8. A shoe fitting is so amazing!! I pronate horribly and have soft tissue damage in my hips, and I LOVE Brooks. So much.

    A tip: even though I like to support local running stores, the budget does not always allow that… so I have gotten shoes from runningwarehouse.com before if I know what shoe I want. They have some pretty good sales! And it’s free shipping both ways, so you can return them for free if they don’t fit.

  9. I don’t run, but sought a fitting before our Italian honeymoon to find a walking shoe to support wide arch and slight pronation and help with general knee pain – the consultation changed my life.

    So glad you spent the money :)

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