New kicks

Check out my new kicks!

As I mentioned before, I recently got fitted for new sneakers at Fleet Feet. I was long overdue; I think it had been at least two years since I bought my last pair of sneakers. Oops. Flashback to high school, and my friend Danielle, who worked at a shoe store at the time, telling me sneakers need to be replaced every 500 miles! But before anyone yells at me, I would like to point out that the data on replacing shoes is inconclusive. Anyhow, I’ve since rectified the situation! If you’ve never been fitted for sneakers before, I highly recommend it.

The sales rep, Justin asked us about any foot or knee injuries and running habits (My friends: “We run half-marathons!” Me: “Um, I don’t run…”) and measured our feet.

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We then put on “neutral” sneakers from the store, and ran on a treadmill while being filmed. Which was exactly as fun as it sounds! Actually, it wasn’t bad at all. The camera was directed at our feet, and we only had to run for 30 seconds or so. They were then able slow down the footage to analyze our gait and foot positioning. Pretty cool! Next, Justin brought out three pairs for each of us to try on, and test out on a small indoor track. He also reminded us that the proper shoe was more important than the colors (try telling that to three fashion-concious girls!). In the end, we were all pleased with our selections. I went with the Asics Gel Cumulus 15. Although turquoise and neon orange aren’t my go-to shades, I love the bright colors!

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The first time I took them out for a spin was just for a walk while running errands to break them in. I could really feel the difference, just from walking. So when Maria asked me to go for a run with her, I was excited to try them out! Well, excited about the shoes, nervous to go running with an avid runner. If I haven’t mentioned it on this blog yet, I’m not a runner YET, but I would like to be. My goal is to run a 5K this year. I realize this is not much for most people, but even when I used to run every day, during grad school, my max was 2 miles. Although I haven’t run much in the years since, I do other types of workouts such as Bikram yoga, Zumba, aerobics, etc. So I was really curious to see how far I could go without stopping.

We set off along Lake Michigan on one of those perfect Saturday mornings. And I don’t know if it was seeing all those other people out there enjoying the weather, having a buddy with me, or the new shoes, but it didn’t seem so hard – and surprisingly, I was able to run 1.8 miles nonstop! (Thanks Google Maps!). You may be wondering why I stopped at 1.8 miles instead of 1.5 or 2.0. That would be because there is a lovely lakeside establishment called Castaways located exactly 1.8 mile s down the running path, which is where we stopped to enjoy a drink and take in the view, ha!

I did it!

Anyhow, that first run has given me some confidence to keep at this running thing. It also helps that so many of my new friends in Chicago are into running! And just maybe it has something to do with the new shoes. As my friend Tamara’s young students tell her “My new shoes are magic! They make me run faster!”

Any running tips out there for me? How soon do you think I’ll be able to do a 5K?

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16 Comments on “New kicks

  1. OK so first, love love love the new “running shoes!” You can get style and good fit. Second, a 5k IS a lot for most people but a great goal. You can easily run one in 2 months. Check out coolrunning.com. They have a C25K (couch to 5K) program highlighted right now with a 3x/day workout geared to get you to run a 5k in 2 months…and you are already ahead of where they start. (Many other sites have programs like this listed.) You may not have run much recently but you are in shape, excercise, hike, etc. You go girl!

    • Thanks for the advice and encouragement Cathy! I actually started the Couch to 5K app last year with mixed results. For now I may just try to increase my distance on my own as opposed to the run/walk intervals that program uses. I know how much you enjoy running, and remember you telling how it was such an effective workout that you could squeeze into your day – so I’m going to follow your lead!

  2. Wish I could get fitted for sneakers here. Never seem to be able to find the right shoes! Good luck with the 5K goal. Have no doubt you can do it…if you want it enough ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks Madhu… I’ve been keeping up with it so far, so I’m on track! Sounds like you’ll have to fit in some shoe shopping during your next trip to the US ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Being the super track nerd I am, I automatically got excited seeing a shiny, new pair of shoes on your blog. And since they’re Asics, I also came to the conclusion that you must be a very sensible person haha.. Keep up the enthusiasm and I look forward to reading more about your running adventures!

    • I’m with you Olivia, new sneakers are the best! Makes me wonder why I waited so long to get them?! I had no idea Asics had such a sensible reputation, but I suppose I fit the bill, haha! For once I set aside color preferences and brand association, and went solely with fit & function… and I love them so far!

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