New running shoes!

After watching Katie and Baldwin run the half marathon (Disney half here), MG and I were encouraged to start running.

Why right? Ugh, who likes to run? I’m with you. I HATE running. You know those people that tell you “once you’re over the hump, you will love to run.” I hated those people (perhaps hate is a strong word… umm no it’s correct).

But I have to admit, maybe it’s not as bad as I thought. I could barely run down the block before, but I am proud to say I can run a mile now and easily cool down because my breathing is back to normal in no time. I can even run three miles now! Yay!

MG and I thought some new shoes might motivate us to run some more. We actually visited a running store in Campbell called The Running Revolution (4.5 stars and $$ on Yelp, not too bad, so we went to check it out). I’m SO glad we came here! The employees are super knowledgeable and avid runners themselves. They put you on a scale to see how you balance your weight on your feet, film you while you run, then you try on a bunch of shoes and run in them outside. Basically, they recommend shoes that fit your running habits and then you choose which ones are most comfortable for you.

I found out that I was an entire shoe size off! I also have “arches so strong they are tipping me over to the side” (word for word). Fortunately, MG and I don’t have any bad running habits – no buckling of knees and no strange footing. The employee told us, “nothing is stopping us from running.” If he was just trying to sell me shoes, I ate everything he was saying and ended up buying these beauties!

Asics Nimbus 15  – Super comfortable!

Running shoes
^^ left and right socks – crazy right?

The right pair of running shoes makes all the difference. If anything hurts (achilles heel, knee, arches), most of the time it’s because your shoes are not giving the right support and/or you’re wearing the wrong size. It’s extremely important to buy good shoes if you run frequently.

These shoes have made a drastic change. It’s still not easy to run, definitely not as easy as runners describe it to be. But I do believe that once I build up my stamina, I could, maybe, start to enjoy running.

It’s time to admit, I don’t hate running like I used to in the past. I don’t love it right now, but I am trying to enjoy it. I’m one step closer for sure! Ask me in another month how I feel about it.

Do you run? What encourages you to do it? What are some tips on building stamina? What kind of running shoes do you wear?

Advise me!
Jay

  

8 thoughts on “New running shoes!

  1. We got ours at Running Revolution (Marina’s recommendation) too and loved them! They totally took care of my shin splints. Cheering you guys on! 🙂

  2. Glad to hear y’all are running. I have recommendations for two books you should check out – Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. Both of these books will help you find the adventure in running and help you push past what you think are your limits.

    I wear pretty minimal shoes – usually Brooks racing flats for the road or New Balance MT110’s for the trail. If you ever start feeling pain in your knees and joints it may be that you are striking too hard as a result of the extra cushion your “stable” shoes are providing for you. Holla at me!

    • Thanks for the tips!!

      Brooks makes some good shoes, but I couldn’t pass up the comfort of the Asics. I did try a few pairs of Brooks though.

      I’ll check out those books. Gotta finish my zombie series first 😉

  3. yay! i’m commenting bc it makes me happy when people get excited about running (ok, maybe a little excited). i wear saucony’s but only because i like the addtl support and the extra height is nice! have you and MG signed up for a race? nothing like a fun race/event to get you motivated.

    • Hahah too much excitement Grace! 😛

      We signed up for the Disneyland half marathon happening in August. Lots of time to train!

      How did you get started in running?!?

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