Today I'm linking up with Laura at Serrano Style and Melanie at 4Kottez to talk about running shoes! Finding the right pair of kicks to protect your feet and that big thing attached to them you walk around in everyday- yo boday- is running STEP ONE! The wrong piar of shoes can affect your form, the way you strike the pavement, and consequently effect every aspect of your body. The right pair of shoes will help to protect you from injuries as well, and take it from injury city of here, you don't want dat.
We have two specialty running stores where I live, meaning these are stores that sell strictly running shoes, running gear, and running accessories. They employ running experts and can help you identify the perfect shoe for your foot and your walk because you friend are unique. We all are and one pair of shoes may not be right for the next!
I discovered my running home away from home locally at Geaux Run. The store even organizes a running group that meets twice a week- how stinking cool is that?!
The staff at Geaux Run helped me to identify several issues with my feet and my running shoes. I am incredibly flat footed. I have no arch. None. Zilch. If you walk behind me in the sand, my imprint looks like the flap jack with toes attached. Some running stores will tell the neighborhood Sasquatch foot that a high motion control high stability shoe is the only way to go. This information is false.
I have been running in a pair of K Swiss Kwicky Blade Light for a few months now and I absolutely love them. They are light weight, comfortable and padded through out the heel and foot pad. I put them on and got to cruising. No need to break them in, I never got a blister, and I have had zero issues with my shoes since I purchased this pair. See how happy I look running in them?!
I also participated in the Newton loaner program, an opportunity to try out a different kind of running shoe without having to commit to a purchase. I talk to much this why they offered it to me. "Here lady stop asking questions and try these out!" I kid I kid! It really is a loaner program.
Newton's are in a class all on their own. The feature that makes them stand out the most is a low heel pad and a raised toe which forces your body to run in a forward motion aligning your running form in the best possible way to prevent injuries. I absolutely loved the Newton's, I ran about three or four six mile runs in the Newton loaners. On one of those runs I recorded my fastest mile ever without even trying!
Here's the catch with Newton's, you can not run indoors with these shoes or use them for any other type of physical activity besides running. Period. The kleet on the bottom of the shoe will completely prevent you from doing so. When I come in off the road, I'm not done working out. I still have weight training and core work to do, and I can't be stressing about switching out shoes. Additionally, you have to gradually break your Newton's in, because the heel and toe features will put strain on your calf muscles.
For example, run one mile in Newton's, switch shoes, next run run two miles in the Newton's switch shoes. In all honesty, I only switched my shoes on a run the first time. It was just a little to high maintenance for my taste. For those reasons, I have not purchased a pair of Newtons. I may buy some when I train for the full marathon next year. (Oh yeah did I tell ya'll I'm gonna train for a full marathon next?!) For now however, I will continue to buy K Swiss Kwicky Blade Lights. This post reminds me that it's already time for a new pair. Le Sigh.
Yes, Running shoes are expensive, but you only get one body and if you're going to be out pounding away at the pavement you owe it to yourself to spend the money on a great pair of shoes. End of story.
Thank you to everyone on Instagram @ellenoelfitness for the encouragement in purchasing my #operationredbikini, online shopping has never been so fun! I know you're itching to see a pic of me in this suit come May right?!
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....and it's off to work I go! Happy Tuesday everyone!