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.
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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?