I have been running regularly since last September. I have logged quite a few miles on these:
The only problem with this is that I did not get fitted for my shoes. I had no idea what my needs were in a running shoe. In fact, I had no needs in a running shoe, because I had not yet started running.
Well, 9 months and several hundred miles later, I have needs. So I took my behind to an actual running store (thanks, Fleet Feet!) and got fitted for shoes. They stuck me on a treadmill and analyzed my gait (flat foot, neutral gait; who knew?) then pulled out three pairs of shoes that should work with my foot and gait type.
The first pair was the Brooks’ Pure Cadence:
Next I tried on the Saucony Virrata:
The last shoe I tried (and bought) was the New Balance Minimus WT10v2:
This is a minimalist shoe, which is much, much different than what I was wearing. If you haven’t heard of the minimalist movement in running, google it. There are lots of very technical websites out their that do the concept more justice than I can.
Long story short, minimalist shoes embrace a “less is more” philosophy. Minimalist shoes let your feet do all the work, as though you are barefoot. They encourage proper running form by making a heel-strike, well, kinda painful. The lack of padding gives you more contact with the ground, too.
I will have to ease into running with these shoes. I was a heel striker, so I am re-training my feet to a midfoot strike. I took these out for a quick 1 mile run to test them out
I have a race in two weeks, and hopefully I’ll be able to acclimate myself to these new shoes enough to do justice to a 5k.
In the mean time, I’ll work my distance up slowly.
PS Thanks mom and dad for my new shoes!