Choose your injury

Now these shoes may look a lot alike, but do not be taken in by there similar looks! They cause very different injuries.

The shoe on the left is part of my oldest pair. I bought them in a big sports store, and for a while they were just fine. But then, through no fault of my own, I started to increase my distance and speed, and suddenly I came home limping.

So I did some research and read that the right pair of shoes can make all the difference between a happy runner and a limping runner. So I went to a small sports shop that specializes in running.

Just like I'ld read in my running books I had to run on a treadmill while the shoeguy made a movie of me running. There I ran, in my floral dress teamed up with my big, ugly running shoes. I must say, I've got quite lovely legs!

My running movie proved to be very educational. It taught me that I overpronate and she shop clerk had just the right shoes to fix the problem. You can't put a price on the joy of running so I forked over a hundred dollars.

The new shoes cured my limping but now the insides of my legs hurt after a run. So now I alternate my old and new shoes when I go for a run.

It's all a matter of choosing my injury.


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Brianna said...

Well, at least you can put those old shoes to good use - be sure to take them to be recycled! Many independent running stores collect them, as does Nike . . . and turn them into great things like mulch for playgrounds or new plastic. Can't go wrong with that!!!

Having your running shoes fitted EVERY TIME is important. As your running changes, as you get older (hey, we all get older every day!), your feet and body change. This means that the running shoes you were fitted for this time may be quite different from the ones you get 3 or 4 months from now. I found that to be true - and am SO glad I go in for fittings because I've been happy each time, even though it sometimes means breaking brand loyalty!

Davida said...

I spent a full week online researching and choosing the right running shoe for me. I just love New Balance!

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