So, I basically run like a gazelle. I told someone that yesterday and they had no idea what I meant. A gazelle is a small antelope known for it’s grace. I would have never been presumptuous enough to make such a claim, but that was before my trip to “Runner’s Corner” last weekend. I read somewhere that if you took your old running shoes into a specialty running store, they would be able to evaluate your tread and tell you the best shoe for your foot. I’m at the point in my training where my times are starting to matter to me, and therefore, am willing to pay money for the right shoes. After my experience, I really suggest that everyone do this. If you are going to invest the time and money to enter a race, why not get the right shoes for the job? Seriously, your feet will thank you.
Jacob, the nice guy behind the counter, looked at my worn out shoes and thought I was a neutral pronator, but told me to jog for him just to be sure. I was a little embarrassed that I would have to showcase my floppy form to someone that seemed like pro, but he buttered my ego and told me what a great stride I had. (He must have really wanted to sell some shoes.) Even if he wasn’t telling the truth, I still gloatingly eyed my husband to make sure he understood that I’m “elite” in more ways then one. He got the message. At that point, I would have been obliged to continue to demonstrate my grace, but Jacob told me to come back inside and he brought out several shoes for me to try on.
First of all, I quickly realized that I have been running for years, in too small of shoes. Jacob explained all the reasons why I should wear a half a size bigger, and they all made sense. Secondly, he was able to find different shoes that catered to my thin feet. There were several trainers that felt great, but I finally decided on these beauts:
Now that I have the perfect trainers, do any of you have suggestions for good race day shoes? Jacob suggested the “Brooks T5,” which are unisex shoes, but I didn’t get a chance to try them on. Have any of you used those shoes for a half marathon? What racers do you suggest?