As any runner knows, shoes are an important part of the kit*, but I’ve always been a shoe-deny-er, hating to part with my hard-earned money for something as silly as a foot cover. This probably explains why my two pairs of running shoes are six and seven years old, and each has hundreds and hundreds of miles on them – far more than their recommended distances.
But I’ve been noticing more and more that my current running shoes are hurting my feet, and they’re falling apart. So I did what I’ve been threatening to do for a couple of years now: I bought a pair of groovy new shoes!
I took advantage of the after-Christmas sales – and the end of the 2014 shoe line – and found myself a great bargain on a pair of 2014 Asics. And whilst I’m normally a Brooks girl, I am pleased with my purchase and I feel very confident in the decision to try a new brand of running shoe. Of course, the decision to buy was made even easier because I took advantage of the free gait analysis offered by Run4It in Edinburgh (it’s a great service offered at most quality running stores these days).
Run4It’s service was fabulous. I walked into the busy store and Hamish was there straight away to offer assistance—and he was more than happy for me to try out a couple of different pairs on the analysis treadmill! If you’ve never done a gait analysis before, I highly recommend it! It was a real treat to be able to see the difference in how my feet landed in the different shoes, and hopefully, it means that my feet will be a lot happier on my half- and full-marathons.
Speaking of half- and full-marathons, I’m starting to give some serious thought to my 2015 race schedule. I’m not going to attempt monthly races, as I’ve done in previous years, but I am going to attempt at improving my times over the course of the year – something I hope these groovy new shoes will assist with!
Stay tuned for my 2015 running goals post, and expect to read a post-race review of my new shoes when the time comes.
* Unless you’re a barefoot runner. In which case I think you’re weird. But to each their own.