I took the plunge.
These are the first pair of non-Saucony shoes I’ve owned.
TJ, RS and I went to the TrakShak in Birmingham yesterday evening to hear about training runs and events for the Mercedes Marathon in February 2014. We’ve never really participated in group runs and training runs, so this is new.
While waiting for the event to start, I began trying on shoes. TJ was a huge help as I have been one sided with Saucony and he has branched out a bit. I really liked the Brooks PureFlow 2 as soon as I tried it on. My foot is a little on the wider side and it had plenty of room. It’s weight isn’t much more than the Saucony Fastwitch shoes I’ve been wearing for some time now and it definitely seems to have more support.
Hopefully this weekend I’ll be wearing them on at least one run. I walked again yesterday because of my hip. It is about 90% better, but I really want to give it the time it needs to heal so that I don’t have to interrupt my training for the Vulcan 10K coming up November 2.
The other great thing about the meeting last night was that there was a guy there who has run over 136 marathon and above races and has been running since the 70’s. Here is his blog. He is also a physical therapist, so I was able to ask him about my SI joint issues. He was very helpful and recommended some easy stretches to loosen it up for running. As with my Chiropractor, he said never stretch right before running. He did say to stretch as much as I can throughout the day – thus I will.
I hope that things will start to settle down for me. I really like to run and I am not one who likes to do many other physical activities. I know that I should probably cross train and do other forms of workouts, but I am not an athlete. I just want to run. I don’t mind (but don’t really enjoy) running workouts. They helped me get my first half done in 1:44 which I thought was great. But for me running is simple. Running is fun. Running is what I want to do. So that is what I do.
I’ll write about how I like the Brooks. It really is about time for me to move beyond one brand of shoe.
Thanks for everyone’s ideas and support on my posts over the past few days.
I couldn’t do this without you all!!!