It’s time…I’m getting new running shoes. I did the maths and I think my Nikes covered about 800 miles this year, so I decided it was time to retire them and buy some new shoes. I have liked my Nike Vomeros very much but would like to try something different. It does beg the question as to ‘why’…but basically I want to check out Brooks and Saucony specifically as I’ve read so many good things about both brands. There is also a little snobbery attached, I’ll be honest. I like Nike as a brand but it doesn’t scream ‘Runner’. I’m being honest here, but the more I type, the stupider I seem to myself. But anyway!
Now, buying new running shoes is a big deal here – I’m not one of those girls with five or six pairs of shoes ‘in rotation’. I’m a One Pair girl – my trail running shoes are basically for going to Target in. So buying a new pair of shoes is exciting, a tad risky and a little nerve-wracking for me. Kind of like going to the hair-dressers.
I headed off to my local running store, A Runners Mind in nearby Burlingame and spent a great half hour or so trying on a couple of pairs that would be suitable. I wear Neutral Plus – I need a lot of cushioning as I land on my forefoot and must land heavily. I’m not that heavy a girl, but if I don’t have enough cushioning, my forefoot goes numb after four miles or so. My favourites from the afternoon were the Brooks Glycerins and the Asics Nimbus. They’re ordering the Brooks (the current favourite) in for me – they only had them in blue and I don’t like blue. They’re also ordering the Asics in the correct size so I can try both pairs. Any recommendations? I wore Asics for years until they messed the Cumulus up, but I also fancy trying Brooks.
As for running this week, it’s been a decent week. It feels like a corner was turned – the corner between slobbing around on the sofa and starting to train again. I feel good about it!! I feel like a runner again – albeit a slightly lazy one.
Saturday: The Christmas Music Run
Monday: Christmas Eve
The tiniest little run ever – about a mile and a half to the supermarket and back with the Dude in the stroller to pick up something I forgot earlier that morning. Sandwiched between two days of horrific rain, Christmas Eve was glorious and sunny. I wore a t-shirt. It was great.
Wednesday: Boxing Day
Oh America, why don’t you have Boxing Day? Why do you send people back to work so soon after Christmas? Luckily the Husband got home early so I snuck in a run in the dark. Luckily, I used to do a lot of cycling so I wore my cycling hi-viz jacket and I was lit up like a Christmas tree and felt really safe. It was a lot of fun, running through darkened streets lit by Christmas lights. I really enjoyed it and managed not to fall over. I ran 5.2 miles in 47.23 at a 9.04 pace and I felt much better than Saturday’s run. My last mile was my fastest at 8.45 and that made me really happy.
I planned to run on Friday but that turned into an extra hour in bed which is poor, to be honest. So on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, I’ll be running. I’m aiming to do 6 miles on the Saturday and 7 miles on the Sunday – slow, gentle runs to start notching up my distance again. And now I’ve blogged about it, I’m obviously committed to doing it. Feel free to hassle me! I have a lot of Christmas extra-padding to burn off!!
Happy weekend, everyone! If you have any views on the great New Shoe debate, please drop me a comment!