Sunday, November 11, 2012

my brand new kicks!

For years I wore the wrong running shoe!  I was told by a runner friend that I should get shoes for over-pronation because they offered more support.  Me, being the newbie runner, went out and purchased some Asics with the Duo-max support system.  At the time I ran only short distances, 5K was about my max.
It's very difficult to assess a shoe until you run at least 10K in them.  I know that now.  I have owned several pair of Asics and Saucony but always went for that support when I purchased my new shoes.

Last year I started running longer distances, 8K's, 10K's and even 15K's were now part of my training.
In the spring I ran the SP10k and after the race I felt pain in my left ankle.  The more I ran the worse it got.

I went into a few running stores and finally ran into a salesman willing to take the time to assess the way I moved and was willing to delve into my ankle soreness.  He watched me walk, run and squat.

To my surprise, I DON'T pronate!!! I'm about as neutral as they come.  I was fitted for a shoe and even though I was reluctant at the time I gave them a whirl.  The shoe I brought home was the Saucony Triumph and it turned out to be a total winner!   This is now my third pair and I am in love.  I have ran several 10K races and two half marathons in these shoes and I don't even think about my feet when I run.

The Triumph is a neutral shoe with a lot of cushion.  The 8mm offset is pleasing to the foot and weighs in at 9.6 oz.  The toe box in this shoe is generous.  I have a lot of room and never feel my toes touching anywhere.  I can't say enough good things about this shoe.

Now, as I said, this is my third pair.  I'm not usually into the flashy colours but this time I went out on a limb and ordered this crazy blue/citron/silver combo and I'm adoring them!!!  Tried them on for the first time today and I can just hear them screaming, "Let's go, let's RUN"!!!

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