First, a housekeeping announcement. I don't want to give up blogging, but the goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the year, to blog everyday, just isn't reasonable with my commitments this semester. Instead of giving up totally, I've come up with a new posting schedule. I'm hoping to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the occasional post on a Saturday or Sunday.
Onto the fun stuff...so as I mentioned in a previous post, I've picked up a new "hobby" (is it a hobby? Or just something to do? I don't know...) of running. I used to completely despise running. Fun fact, my sophomore year of high school, the varsity soccer team was required to run fall cross country and I only lasted like two weeks before I gave up (yet somehow I still played varsity soccer that year...) Oh yeah, and those spring break training plans that our varsity soccer coach gave us? They went in my soccer bag on the Friday before break not to emerge until I had to clean out my bag at the end of the season. So with this background on running, it's kind of hard to imagine that I actually *gasp* enjoy running and working out now!
I'm hoping through my "journey" as a runner, I'll be able to share some tips and workouts to help you get up on your feet, but first, I'd like to address a common misconception.
Asics Gel-Excite 2 vs. Nike Free Runs
We all recognize the shoe on the right, the Nike Free Run. Given the word run is even in the name of the shoe, you'd all thing they're great running shoes, right? You see people, even celebrities, working out and running in them.
False. Nike Free Runs are not good running shoes. Sure they're fine for a walk around the neighborhood, walking the dog, running errands, etc, etc, but the moment you decide to hit the pavement, turn up the tunes, and let the wind blow in your hair, you should probably consider a different type of running shoe. Nike Free's do not offer the same support and flexibility of an average running shoe. They are meant to mimic the "barefoot" running trend, so basically, imagine yourself running with no shoes on at all.
Since I saw a lot of people running in Free Runs, I thought they were your average sneaker. I was an Asics fan all through high school, but over Christmas break when I got a new pair of sneaks, I decided to join the trend and get a pair of Nikes. What. A. Mistake.
They were fine for daily use...going to class, running to Target, the usual, but the moment I stepped on the elliptical, I knew I was in trouble. I thought, "oh maybe I'm just out of shape so I'm sore all over." "oh maybe if I just give it some time it'll feel better." No, ladies (and gentleman?) that's not quite what happened. Instead, I got intense pains in my feet, shins, and knees. I had never had this type of pain in the past, and after consulting the trusty internet, I discovered my beloved Nikes were probably the culprit.
And that is the story of how I traded in my trendy Nikes for a pair of supportive, flexible, dependable Asic Gel-Excite 2's. I took them for their first spin on a short run yesterday morning, and let me tell you, things are going up from here!
What do you look for in a running shoe?
p.s., I'm no doctor or trained professional, so if your Free Runs seem to be working for you, then go on and keep on running. But if you feel like things might be off, considering changing your shoes or visiting a doctor to see what the problem may be.