I am not a self described shoe hog by any means. Do I have a lot of shoes? No, that’s a relative answer because how you define a lot might be different from what I defineas a
lot. My mom on the other hand has a lot of shoes. Anyway I got rid of a lot of my shoes when our North Florida Girls on the Run had a shoe drive. Now with that said, I do have a lot of running shoes even with donating old pairs. I try to rotate between two-three pairs for a six month training cycle . I still have my originals( my first pair I got fitted for), and my first marathon pair( I love those-they carried me for 26.2 without dying). My shoes of choice, Brooks Adrenalines. Those shoes are perfect for me, an over pronator, with lots of cushion and support. For those of you running, walking, jogging in shoes from big chain sport stores-do yourself a favor and go to a real running store. I recommend locally 1st Place Sports and Jacksonville Running Company. The people that work there are runners who can get you fitted in the shoe that’s right for your foot. You should never go with a shoe that matches your outfits.
Never ever try a shoe just because your friend wears them. Trust me, been there done that and made an injury worse. I had tried a new set of kicks once before( Owen, the owner of JRC, challenged the Jax Galloway runners doing speed work to try something different-maybe lighter), I bought the Brooks Ravenna and tried them for two weeks-uh can I get my Adrenalines back? So when I got a severe case of plantar fasciitis ( no it didn’t just happen, it was on and off for three years), I just wanted relief. Yes, I had tried self treat with ice, tennis balls, special socks, etc.
My husband loves Newtons and swears they cured his case of plantar because they made him run mid foot instead of landing on his heel. I went to one of my local running stores and got fitted for my Newtons-I ran the Donna 5k in them, my foot became numb. I blamed it on the cold weather. At the Donna Expo, the Newton rep said I should be running in the Newton’s Kismet because of my over pronation. A month or so afterwards, those were my shoes of choice. What I noticed my plantar wasn’t getting better and my foot was in excruciating all day pain. I was still doing group runs and speedwork but my BRF’s were noticing how my gait was changing and how much I winced when I walked. After my weekly run, I could barely walk all day. I was miserable.
Then I took real action, doctor for a referral and then PT with Heartland Rehab! Yay me! Long story short, I am better and most importantly I am running back in my Brooks(Newtons are my cycle shoes) and I’m running pain free! My toes and my heel feel fantastic and I’m a happy runner who can’t wait until November-the new Adrenalines will be at your local running store. I love that new shoe smell! Happy running everyone!
It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey.