When I started running, I just walked into my local sports store and tried on a few pairs. I ended up with a cute little pair of Asics and trained for my first 5k. I continued to have shin splint issues but just figured that was always going to be an issue from an old soccer injury. That was my first mistake. My second mistake I didn’t realize I was making was that the shoes I had bought were half a size too small. After speaking with a few people (runners), they asked me when the last time I was fitted for a pair of shoes. Guys, did you know this is a whole ordeal and can be life changing if you are a runner!!
After my inaugural 5K I was hooked on running… thank you runDisney! I signed up for my next one in October at Walt Disney World and continued training. But I still didn’t have the right shoes. After the Happy Haunted 5k, I had had enough. I knew what I had to do and visited my local running store. I was so excited about the fitting that I bought two pair. I couldn’t decide between the Brooks Defyance 7 or the Asics Gel Nimbus 16, so I bought both! Who knew I would be so excited over running shoes.
Fast forward a year, I still treat my running shoes better than any other pair of shoes in my closet. They live in the boxes they came in and the Brooks have become my go to pair. I think I did a lot more long distance runs in the Asics and the cushioning has worn out faster. Did you guys know that there is like a shelf life on your shoes? I didn’t know that you need to replace them after a certain mileage!
This past week I did a long training walk (can’t run again because of sinus infection!!) in my Brooks and they were giving me shin and arch problems. Good thing I had left my car parked by my local running store. After my 6.25 mile walk, I strolled in there and tested out some new designs.
One quick tip, go try on shoes after you have finished a run. I could immediately tell which ones aggravated my shins and arches because those areas were already tender.
I came to find out that I am still a Brooks and Asics fan. The Asics Gel Nimbus 17 were amazingly light and didn’t give me any shin problems. But they cut across my toes and I was worried about blisters. I probably could find some more cushioned socks to alleviate this issue, but I love my socks. I still might go back and get the Asics. I knew I loved my Brooks Defyance so I wasn’t surprised when I ended up loving the Brooks Ghost 8 even more. They supported my foot perfectly and I felt comfortable jogging around the store, even after my 6.25 mile hike!
So if you are in the market for new running shoes, go find your local running store and have them fit you correctly. It will make a world of difference in your training. Here are the four things I have learned about my shoes:
- Make sure to get a proper fitting at a local running store
- Be sure to leave room in your shoe – it is best to get one half size bigger than what your normally wear
- Bring or wear whatever socks you will wear with the shoes
- Get fitted after a run, you will notice which shoes are perfect for your troubled/ aggrevated areas
I can’t wait to do some speed training this coming week in my new Brooks!! Hopefully I can run by then…wish me luck!!
Do you have a favorite brand? And how often do you change out your shoes?