I've been putting off buying new running shoes because they are soooo expensive, but also because I bought my old pair when I started grad school in 2009 and have a sort of sentimental attachment to them. I finally went to Run-On yesterday after my old tennis shoes left me nursing 4 painful blisters from a short run with my niece and nephew. Let me tell you that Lauren, who helped me at Run-On, was SO amazing!! She passed on some really great knowledge and was so sweet and helpful that I felt happy even after seeing my $130 bill. Here are a couple of tips she gave me:
1. Running shoes shouldn't tight on your foot. She said that most soccer players like myself are used to a tight fit, but that it's not good for your toes when running.
2. There should be a thumb's width between your big toes and the end of your shoe.
3. There are different levels of support with running shoes. I needed medium support, but it's based on how much your foot rolls inside or outside when you push off the ground.
4. Shoes should be replaced every 300 miles or every 4-5 months. (Ummm, this probably won't happen in my case).
5. Running shoes are a lot lighter than other shoes, and some brands claim to be running shoes, when in fact they are not good for running at all. Which was the case with my Nike Shox - Lauren told me they were too heavy, didn't bend in the middle to support my arch as I ran, and were a size too small.
See what I mean about awesome info?! She was great! So yes, this morning I woke up, went for a nice long, slow run, and finished with ZERO new blisters and ZERO knee pain. I love Lauren!!! I want to cradle her little face in my hands and tell her I love her! Okay, she might take that the wrong way... I'll just call the store and say thank you :)
P.S. The only downside to running alone in the country is that I got preoccupied with "what would happen if I got seriously injured out here?" Haha, I kept envisioning myself tripping over a rock, breaking my hip, and ending up on "I Shouldn't Be Alive" after a wolf eats my legs. That thought, along with other equally gruesome scenarios, actually made my run go by pretty fast!