(Last Week’s Mileage: 9.81 miles; Running Total: 9.81 miles)
I tried everything last week to make my legs stop hurting during my 10K training runs.
I changed the time of day I was running so it wasn’t as hot and humid. I stretched more. I modified the distance. I changed what I ate before running and I brought water with me. Nothing seemed to help.
And then a light bulb went off. Maybe it was time for new new shoes.
I went back over the signs.
I’d had unexplainable leg fatigue early in the run even after a full weekend of rest. Also, other parts of my body start to hurt. I’d had back aches, neck aches and knee pain all week.
I thought, How many miles do I have on the shoes?
Oh yeah. How could I forget?
I bought these shoes late last year after my first round of chemotherapy ended and before the second round started. They’ve seen 280+ miles of sidewalks and roads, plus all the cross training I did during cancer treatment.
These shoes were the best therapists I could have asked for. I’m a little sad about retiring them.
But running shouldn’t hurt. And moving forward is more important than hanging onto the past.
So I made a trip to my favorite running shoe store and bought a new pair.
If you’re experiencing a new pain during a run, or if you’re just starting to run but your legs hurt then you might need new running shoes.
I’ve had the best results when I go to a local running shoe store and have an expert help me find the right pair.
I’ve been to generic sporting goods stores for shoes, but I didn’t get the personal attention and the expertise like I would have at a running shoe store.
Big name sporting goods stores are great if you know exactly what you’re looking for, but the person helping you may not understand how to evaluate your gait. The way your foot moves when you walk or run will make a difference in the type of shoes suited to you. The wrong shoes can make running so much harder.
The people working at a store that specializes in running shoes can help with that. You might pay more for the shoes, but the higher cost is better than getting injured and not running at all.
My favorite place to go here in Houston is a little store called On The Run. I was in and out quickly with new shoes in hand. I went for a run the next day and my legs felt so much better.
Yeah, I’m a little sad to say goodbye to my old shoes. But they did their job and they did it well.
Now it’s time to move on.
What are your goals this week? I love comments!
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