I have been running since March 30th and have been using the same pair of running shoes that I bought over a year and a half ago. Granted I had not been running as consistently as I do now, but I was using them for the gym and the occasional bike ride. Needless to say – they are a bit banged up now.
Notice the nice hole forming in the back of my right shoe?
Anyway, I have been experiencing a bit of pain in my knees as well as my right foot lately, mostly when I’m running and every so often when I’m walking. I guess it’s not so much pain as discomfort on a muscle or tendon at the bottom side of my foot. Most people assume it’s plantar fasciitis and by most I mean myself and a few friends, but I really have no idea what it is. I was just under the impression that if I got new running shoes the problem would hopefully go away.
Considering I am unemployed, buying new shoes for running was out of the question and I just accepted that it might be awhile until I could. Though I don’t plan on stopping my fitness routine and have a few 5k’s lined up, I just figured I would deal with it. Thankfully, I was talking to my friend Tricia, and she told me she gets 40% off of Brooks merchandise!
After heading to Super Jock & Jill in Greenlake to get fitted and find out what kind of shoes I needed that would be best for me, I used that knowledge to go onto the Brooks Running website and went to their shoe advisor to see what Brooks had to offer me. After answering 5 questions about the type of running I plan to do, my weight and the type of foot I have, my results led me to the Adrenaline GTS 14.
Tricia was sweet enough to get them shipped to her house and bring them up to me on Friday. Aren’t they beautiful?
I had worn my old shoes to Super Jock & Jill when I was getting fitted. After we had gotten everything figured out, the guy I talked to said I had done a pretty good job of picking my shoes out the first time as it was exactly what I needed. That was lucky. They even look pretty similar.
Saturday morning I convinced Matt to go on a run with me. My shoes felt great and I didn’t have any knee or foot pain while running. It was like running on a cloud!
Moral of the story: if you need new running shoes – suck it up and buy them! Your feet will thank you later!