I Want to be a Real Runner
The shoes make the man, so running shoes must make the girl. I have walked or run in New Balance, Asics and currently Nike. Sadly, my cool Nike+ gadget stopped working about six months ago so I am unattached to Nike. Having logged over 500 miles and 2 half marathons on my current pair of shoes, it’s time for a new pair of kicks.
Real runners wear Brooks. I tried them on and walked around the store feeling how strange they felt. I talked myself into buying them despite knowing for fairly certain they weren’t going to work for my run style. I went for a treadmill run and began walking to warm up thinking maybe they’ll feel better if I warm up really well. (I’m not good about warm up, cool down or stretching. I don’t have time. I only have time to sweat.)
After pushing through a mile run and starting to freak out over the $100 I spent, I thought it best to get off the treadmill, shine up the shoes and return them as soon as possible! After removing the shoes and letting the shoes return to room temperature, I returned them to Dick’s Sporting Good, thankfully, no questions asked. Back to the drawing board.
I still insisted on graduating from Nike shoes, trying on Asics, but it was back to my trusty old Nike Pegasus’ for me.
Real runners go to real runner’s stores and have their gait and natural biomechanics evaluated to help them select the right shoe. I just don’t have time for that. Maybe next time.