Saturday, November 8, 2008

Running is better with good shoes...


Recently, I have joined a Fitness Group at work that has exposed me to running again. I used to run a lot in college and since we were married I have fallen away from running. One of my new friends at work freakishly enjoys it and I have to say that the exposure has been contagious! I have been slowly working back into running and realized if I'm going to be serious about this it's time for some new shoes. So, today John and I took a trip to Running Etc. in Virginia Beach. What an experience!! Not only do they watch you run on a treadmill to see the 'pronation' of your feet as you run in order to outfit you with your best shoe, but they also bring out A LOT of shoes for you to try on and they spend time educating their customer. I had a blast! We really should have taken the camera along so I had pics to post other than just my shoes. The odd thing is that when you walk in there you aren't going to be buying shoes because they are cute...it's more about function (which is not how I normally shop for shoes). I learned that I had been buying my tennis shoes with the wrong perception of what I needed. I love experiences that teach and broaden perspectives. So, we'll see how they work out over the next few weeks. There is a Shamrock Half -Marathon (you can also choose to do 8k or 5k) in March...if the shoes work out well, I may be participating in my first race. Once again - something else to experience to broaden my perspectives!

6 comments:

Laura D said...

Wow,I've never heard of that store. Sounds like a great way to actually purchase shoes that do what you want them to!

Tim, Kristen & Megan said...

That is cool!! Glad you are enjoying running again...wow, I need to get into running again here in a couple of weeks..Hope your shoes work out well for you.

Katie Barker said...

Awesome! I wish I was still working there so we could go running after work. How fun would that be?

Anonymous said...

I so never liked running. Amy and Cherie have always enjoyed it, and I would sometimes tag along...but not cheerfully! I wish I could get into it, as the benefits seem to be so great! Happy Running!!

uncpdeb said...

YAY For new running shoes. I got some when we moved here, too, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE. They told me I had the highest arch they've ever seen. The side of my foot doesn't even touch the floor. I can only wear one brand of shoe (Mazuno's) and they aren't pretty at all, but boy they sure are comfy! I just did 6 miles in them today and wow....MUCHO better than the cheap ones I've been getting.
I hope you have a great time preparing for a race. It's a high like no other. I did the VA Beach 1/2 marathon in 2007 and am now training for a full marathon here in Honolulu in a year.
good luck!
love you and miss you tons

Karis said...

I have never enjoyed running... the thought of training for a race like that is mind boggling to me so I'm very impressed. I loved to hear your account of the shoe buying event!