May 9, 2007 at 10:30 am
I decided it was time to buy a real pair of running shoes, or actually my sore groin muscle and achy knees decided for me. I don’t usually let my groin make important decisions for me, but my brain agreed that running 12-15 miles a week in cross-trainers was perhaps not a good idea.
I went to a local store called The Running Company because they were fairly close, but mostly because they have a cool website. I am a sucker for cool websites. They even have little videos about running that have purpose and content and aren’t a superfluous excuse to include flashy content. Well played, web designers, well played.
Of course, before I went to the store I had to get over my fear of going to the store. I knew that I would have to get someone to help me select the proper shoe so I didn’t split my shins in half with a sneaker cleaver. But I am getting better about talking to sales staff and acting nice and confident while simultaneously concealing my deep-seated fear of strangers. So I took some deep breaths and forced myself into my car and drove down there without turning around once!
At the store, I ran on a treadmill while they videotaped my feet with a camera. Then they played back the footage in slow motion and analyzed my running gait. I tend to hit the ground a bit past my heel, which might make me more vulnerable to shin splints. I put one foot in front of the other when I run, which is fine but I suppose a bit unusual. I do have a pretty normal pronation, which is the amount your foot turns inward as you run.
Then the salesmen went into the back and brought back several pairs of shoes which I road tested on the treadmill. I got a nice little workout. If you don’t want to join a gym, you can just buy lots of running shoes, though that probably wouldn’t be very cost effective. He also said I could go run around outside in them if I wanted to, which was very trustworthy of them, but I was happy on the treadmill.
I picked out a pair that felt the best and when I asked how much they cost they turned out to be priced just at the top of my budget range (which I hadn’t told the clerk). Then he threw in a 10% discount because I’m hot. Actually, he said it was because I had to wait for service because he’d been helping another woman before me. But we all know it was because of the red hot fury of my smokin’ hotness. He was just too embarrassed to say so.
And now I have a pair of shoes designed specifically for running. Which I have not yet used because I am letting my groin heal and because it rained yesterday. But I shall use them soon. The salesman said if I decide the shoes don’t fit right, I can come back any time in the next two weeks or so to make adjustments. Such a nice shoe store! I was so scared to go down there, but it was honestly one of the best shopping experiences of my life. So if you are in Indianapolis, I would highly recommend you go to The Running Company for your running shoe needs. You will not find yourself running away in horror.