Let's Talk About Shoes

I can't even tell you how good for our family getting away was! I feel like we attended an intense therapy session. The girls were so used to Cory always being at work or being busy but now they're bonded once again. And our marriage really needed some time together. Not that we've been having "problems", but all the business definitely made us feel separated a bit. But I feel like we've added new adhesive to our family and we are a family again. For a while, anyway. It definitely showed us the importance of getting away together, so we are going to try and do it more often. I also think getting away from our phones was HUGE! 

We got home yesterday and unpacked and showered and then went out to dinner. I couldn't decide between two dishes so I ordered them both, one for me and "one for Kennedy", and ate them both. Yes, both. What good are kids if you can't pretend you're ordering a meal for them that they actually never touch? I mean, really?! 

After dinner the weather was perfect. I mean perfect! So Kennedy rode her bike while we went on a family walk. She gets so frustrated so easily on that thing but she's getting much better. She almost made it a mile! 
I used to feel like I had to twist Cory's arm to get him to take time away from projects to go on walks, but it was his idea this time! See how awesome we all feel now?! Haha 

Ok, I want to talk running shoes for a minute. I am no expert, by any means, it's just something that has been on my mind, and oddly the question I've been asked most by friends and acquaintences over the years when they take up running is, what kind of shoe is best? 

There is no "best shoe" out there. There is a best shoe for you, though. And finding that shoe might be tricky, or it might not. I call it "shoe dating". You have to shop around until you find "the one." Holy, lots of "parenthesis" in this post. Moving on...

I recommend going to a local running store and having your stride recorded and tested. It sounds scary, but it's really simple, and free. You just hop on a treadmill and they record you running for about 30 seconds and then they show you how your foot strikes the ground, which is kind of a huge deal. If you don't have the right amount of support in the right places, injuries are bound to happen. While I know we all love to find the running shoes that are fashionable and cute, that shouldn't matter. Support and comfort matter. 

In general there are 3 ways your foot can hit the ground:
This is the area where I'm not an expert, so I don't know if this just happens genetically or if it's something that can be corrected, but everyone is different and that's why they make shoes specifically for each type of runner. I am an over pronator. I'm mild, which is good, but I do need a stability shoe, which means I need more support and stabilization on the inside of my shoes. 

When I first had my stride tested in 2009 I tried on a bunch of different stability shoes but I wasn't really sure what I was looking for because I was so new to the sport. I ended up picking the Asics 2150's and it was a great shoe. It got me through my first half marathon injury free and I liked how they felt. 

My second round of running shoes, I felt like I knew what I wanted this time around. I picked the Brooks Revena 
I went through two pairs of these shoes and loved them. I might even go back one day. My Brooks just felt so springy and light. But I had some injuries this time around that I didn't have with my Asics. I'm not sure if it was the shoe or my training technique, but I wanted to try something different the next time I got shoes. Basically, I was still dating. I wasn't ready to settle down just yet. 

This year I knew I was going to be picky. First I tried Altra's and hated the way they looked. I felt like I had duck feet. I've never liked Nike's or Adidas and Saucony always fits me weird. I do have Saucony trail shoes though and I love those. Anyway, I was torn between my trusty Asics and the Mizuno Wave Inspire. I spent a good 10 minutes going back and forth between the shoes and literally could not decide. I eventually chose the Asics because I knew they were safe. But always wondered if it was the right choice. 

Well, as luck would have it, Zulily had the exact Mizuno's for sale for $39.99 about a month later. I almost peed my pants! $80 off was too good to pass up so I ordered some. It took months to get here but finally, my Mizuno's arrived! 
I am really excited about these because stability shoes are generally a little more heavy and clunky than minimalist running shoes. But the Wave Inspires are made for stability and speed. I tested them out today on the treadmill and they felt awesome. I can't wait to test them on the road next week. These might be "the one". But it's too early to tell. They really need to impress me. 

If I never find the brand/shoe that changes my life, that's ok with me. I'm fine rotating between brands and shoes to get different outcomes. I plan to use my Asics for long runs and the Mizuno's for speed and tempo runs. But when I do find the one that steals my heart at least I'll know I really branched out and tried a wide variety. The right shoe is so important, so make sure you take your time and find the right fit for you. 

Ok, tangent over. 

We spent our Saturday with family. We visited my dad at the orthopedic rehab center (he had his second knee replacement recently) and got to putt around on the green. 
Then we came home and cooked some of our trout for dinner. I LOVE the taste of trout but hate eating it. All the bones make it too much work. 

Then my mother-in-law and I went to a bridal shower for one of Cory's cousins. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hit the jackpot when it comes to in-laws and marrying into family. I feel like marriage is such a huge thing because you don't just marry the person, you marry their family. It can be tough adapting to a family who does things differently than what you're used to, but that's all part of the learning process and learning to be less selfish. Cory's family is awesome and I sure love them. I feel like I don't mention them enough because we don't see them quite as often, but they're amazing. Such great people.  

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