Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sheri's Glass Slipper Story

Today's post is a guest blog from my friend Sheri, who is currently training for her first half marathon!  For those of us who have been running consistently for a long time, it can be hard to remember what it was like trying to navigate this crazy running world starting with the perfect pair of running shoes.
Spoiler Alert!  Happy ending in store!
There is a song that will pop up on my playlist sometimes when I’m running called My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  I always found that it motivated me to keep on moving and pushing through to the next mile.   Recently though, even when it wasn’t playing, I would be thinking about those lyrics. “My feet can’t fail me now; my feet can’t fail me now”.  Mainly because my feet were failing me or at least so I thought.  I had a great running plan, great headphones and a great pair of Hoka Clifton running shoes.   I had bought them specifically for my new running plan.  I love a good deal so I bought my shoes online, discounted of course, in the same size I always wear and in a style that had worked for other runners that I knew.  Unfortunately as my mileage increased throughout my plan, so did the issues with my feet.  Every time I would hit mile 2 or 3 my feet would go completely numb.  I would have to walk or switch to an old pair of shoes in order to finish my mileage for the day. 


After running with Lindsay one day she checked out my shoes.  Were the laces too tight?  Were they the right size?  Was the toe box wide enough?  All things that I definitely did not take into consideration before those morning runs or before buying them online.  So after many miles of numbness I finally decided it was time to visit an actual running store.    

We drove to our local Feet Fleet store in Mt. Juliet and were automatically greeted by a super helpful employee.  He measured both my feet and then had me walk and jog around the store.  

We discussed my preference in amount of cushion in a shoe.  From there I was given 3 shoes to try out.   Come to find out my feet weren’t failing me, my shoes were!  

Those online beauties I had purchased were actually too small and too narrow for my foot.   I also got some great advice on socks to wear that would be moisture wicking and help with circulation.  
Made in Tennessee!
I ended up sticking with Hokas, but purchased a size and style that was the perfect fit for my foot.  After wearing them for a week’s worth of runs, I cannot believe the difference I feel.  My new shoes are not an online discounted purchase, but they are worth every penny. 

What was your first "perfect" pair of running shoes?

8 comments:

  1. This is a great story for many reasons but two jump right out for me. First, I am a HUGE fan of Hoka's. They have changed my running life. As an older runner I want to do everything I can to protect and cushion my joints and I think these do the trick. Second, I love that you went to Fleet Feet for a "real fitting" , way to go Lindsay for the advise! I know it costs more than buying something on line but you just can't put a price on a "perfect fit" and these guys know what they are doing. To say nothing about the fact that they totally support the running community where ever they are located. Support your local running store and listen to the folks who really understand a good fit when it comes you your particular running needs.

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    1. I'm with you on supporting local running stores - if you don't support them, they will go away and we need them! I did pick up a really fun Tennessee shirt while I was there as Sheri's photographer, too :) I'm so glad you found your perfect shoe with the Hoka's! I know a ton of people that really love them and I am so glad we are in this running for comfort and longevity trend in running (barefoot running was never for me).

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  2. The right pair of shoes make all the difference! I loved how Altras felt on me but turned out I couldn't handle the zero drop. I have since found the Mizunos to be my shoe of choice!

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    1. I agree on the zero drop - it doesn't work for me or my achilles tendons. I haven't tried Mizunos, but have friends who swear by them!

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  3. Its so common for new runners to buy shoes that are too small! I used to get so many blisters because of shoes that didnt fit properly. Running shoe stores are so helpful!

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    1. I started with shoes that were too small too. For some reason I was adamant about my size and didn't want to look like I had enormous feet :) Eventually, better judgement prevailed!

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  4. Thank you for the advice!! I am going to try this. I am desperate need of new shoes!

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    1. When you get them, let me know how it goes and what you decide on! Thanks for reading!

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