Every now and then, there is something that happens to a runner that is both sad and exciting at the same time: having to buy new running shoes.
My Adidas have been my best friends for the past year and half. They brought me through my first big race (the NYC Half Marathon) and have carried me countless miles. With over 400 miles worn into them I knew it was about time to retire them, but I didn’t want to believe it. However, when I started getting lower back pain after every run, I knew it was time to let my dear friends go into retirement.
I thought about buying the same pair again, but then I thought it could be time for a new adventure. So I headed to Jack Rabbit sports one day after work to get some advice.
I walked in to the store, headed back to the shoe section, and was immediately greeted by an employee. He asked me a few questions about my current shoes, how much I’ve run in them, and how much I run currently. Then, he grabbed me a pair of standard shoes and lead me over to the treadmills.
Attached to each treadmill is camera that films your feet and legs at high-speed. According to their website, the staff uses that video to “analyze the fraction of a second during the gait process when your biomechanics make you most vulnerable to the most common types of injury.”
The employee helping me was really nice, and was very knowledgeable about all things shoes and running (he was even giving me tips for the Walt Disney World Marathon!). Anyway, he showed me the video of my run, explained what was happening with each step, and told me I have a normal running gate. Phew! No “correctional” shoes for this gal.
He then disappeared into the back and came back a few moments later with 4 different shoes for me to try on. I tried on a few Asics, Brooks, and some Sauconies. I loved that I was able to hop on the treadmill and see what they felt like when I was actually running – as opposed to just walking around the store. After trying on about 5 or 6 pairs, I was debating between a pair of Asics that felt like I was running on marshmallows and the pair of Sauconies I did my running test with. I ended up with the Sauconies. Check them out!
I went for my first run with them over the weekend. They felt so light, I ended up running much faster than I normally do (every mile was under 9 minutes!!), and I felt great post run (no more sore back)! I’m sad to have to put my Adidas on the top shelf, but I’m excited for some new miles in my new kicks!
Have you ever had your run analyzed? What was the result? Did you like your new shoes or do you miss your old ones?
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