A year in running … and shoes

It’s hard to believe last year at this time I wasn’t running.

In May 2010, I started a lengthy training plan in an effort to prepare myself for my first big race: Disney Wine & Dine 1/2 Marathon. In those six months, I went through several pairs of running shoes on the quest to find the perfect ones (for the record – still haven’t found ‘em), invested in a Garmin, ran my first 10k, discovered Gu, and made myself a regular on the Town Lake Trail. I became a runner.

I’ve read several times how running is such a cheap sport, just lace up your shoes and go. I quickly learned this was not the case – well, for me anyway. Race fees add up!

Operation Honor Our Heroes 10k

Disney Wine & Dine ½ Marathon

IBM Uptown Classic 10k

Rock n Roll San Antonio ½ Marathon

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot 5m

3M ½ Marathon

Austin ½ Marathon

ESPN the Weekend Champion 5k

Rock n Roll Dallas ½ Marathon

While the Austin races are basically get-up-and-go, destination ones are killer. I won’t even allow myself to tally up all the expenditures on airfare, hotel, food/beverages, and expo purchases in October at Disney. Nope, can’t do it.

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And speaking of expos, let me be honest here, I’m a sucker for them. I stock up on as many freebies as I can get my hands on, but I haven’t quite mastered getting out of there without whipping out my wallet. Maybe I should learn to leave that at home…

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Disney Wine & Dine ½  – wine glass (duh, how could I not?!), shirt, Bondi Band, and an iFitness Belt

Rock n Roll San Antonio ½ – Zensah Compression Socks

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Austin ½ Marathon – Yurbuds, Clif Shot Bloks, Sweatyband, and 13.1 key chain

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Rock n Roll Dallas ½ – 3 Mission Skincare items, CEP compression sleeves, new iFitness belt

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Self-control? What’s that?

 

Last Friday on my way home from work, my car veered down an unfamiliar path. Before I knew what was happening, I found myself in the shoe department at REI. I walked in intending to purchase a replacement pair of Yurbuds (I lost one of the buds, boooo!), but I walked out with more. Money is going to be tight for the next few months, so with my quarterly bonus hitting last week I knew it was best to invest in a pair of shoes for marathon training which is JUST AROUND THE EFFING CORNER! If I didn’t buy them now, I wouldn’t be able to get them later.

I had my gait analyzed on a treadmill for the first time ever at the Dallas expo. In running stores they basically had me frolic around the store and watch.Hmm, maybe that’s why I was never put in the correct shoe… The Brooks guru recommended either the Ariel or the Adrenaline with green Superfeet. I tried on the Ariel, and WOW did it make a huge difference, but also WOW they were incredibly heavy and unattractive. I know, I know – I shouldn’t care what the shoes look like but I felt like I had bricks on my feet. I’ve tried the Adrenaline on before, but I felt the toebox was too tight so I wasn’t a fan of that option either.

After much research, I decided my best option would be the Asics Gel Foundation with green Superfeet. And what do you know, REI had both in stock for me! I took ‘em for a spin around the store (holy crap I miss running) and decided it was meant to be. Yes I’ll take both of those, please & thank you, and where are the headphones because I damn well better get what I came to buy in the first place!

I REALLY hope this is the last brand/model I have to try. I’m ready to stick with THE ONE. I’m so sick of spending money on running shoes only to find out a month later that they aren’t alleviating my shin splints.

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How long have you been running? Can you imagine your life without it now?

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7 Comments

  1. I definitely don’t want to know how much money I’ve spent going to Disney races, not even taking my other races into consideration!! 🙁 I laugh at people when they say running is cheap sport, ha! 🙂 Happy Running Anniversary! 🙂

  2. I’ve been running 10 months and can’t even fathom how I survived without it now. I don’t remember much about life before it. At least it’s a healthy addiction!

  3. I had a really hard time finding the right shoes too! I spend SO much money on sneakers it’s ridicious. ANd I’m just like you at Expos. NO control. I buy the expo out, and I buy stuff I already have but it’s so shiny and new!

    I’ve been running since I was 19, so 15 years. But never raced until the Wine and Dine Half. 🙂 Well, there was one “test race” 5k that sucked.

  4. I love my spibelt and my asics 🙂 Can’t wait for my spibelt to fit better!

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