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RUN, RUN, RUN
I am a recreational runner. Not at all hardcore. Not a marathoner. I merely enjoy running, especially outdoors, along the water, rain or shine, whatever season. While listening to my iPod, feeling the breeze, enjoying the scenery. I run intervals; 5-1-5-1, x8. I run the occasional 10K race throughout the year.
The bonus is that, technically, you can run anywhere and anytime, and it’s free and freeing. It’s a beautiful sport, one where you can feel grateful for the feet that take you from point A to point B, that allow you to spring forward, around, and about. That is the gift of running.
IT’S ACTUALLY THE SHOES
my runs (edit: ha! major faux pas — “my runs”! doh!) running so much more comfortable are my shoes. OMG, I love my running shoes. They. Are. The. S**t. The running shoe for my foot’s proportions is the Asic Kayano. Love, love, love.
Having the correct shoe for your foot’s arches and size and tendency to roll in a lot or not makes a huge difference for a runner (even a modest runner like me). When I first got fitted for the right shoe, I went to one of the running stores in town. Although there are many shops to choose from, I went with the one aptly named, The Running Room.
There, the salesperson asked me to take off my shoes and socks and walk away from him while he remained behind, carefully watching how my foot rolled in a lot (pronating in) or mildly (neutral). I then turned around, and walked back to him. He took a look at my foot’s arch, and determined that my feet have higher than normal arches (but not to the point that I need orthopedic shoes), and that my feet roll in (“pronation”) quite a bit when walking.
Thus, I had a choice of running shoes that met those specific details (re: high arch, pronating in a lot). The only shoes that met those requirements were made by Asics and Mizuno. All I remember from that day a few years ago was that once my feet were firmly planted in my Asics Kayanos, I was in foot heaven! Felt like cushy pillows on my feet. And I’ve never looked back.
The Kayanos also have amazing cushioning, good structure to stabilize the foot while allowing it to still move, breathable material, roomy toe space, gait efficiency, a bit of height to relieve stress on my achilles’ tendon, asymmetrical lacing that reduces irritation, reflectives, etc…Swoon!
I buy new Kayanos every new year, because runners always say that you should change your shoes every 10 months to a year. Unless, of course, you’re a marathoner when you replace shoes every 3 months or something crazy.
Of course, Kayanos had to be the priciest of the women’s styles in the Asics running shoes line-up (at least in Canada). Hence buying them on sale in January, where I can get last year’s model for a discount. Usually this only means about $30 off. Heck, I’ll take it. Somehow, miracuously, this recent new year, my running store had last year’s Kayanos on for $85 off. Yee haw! Felt like a jackpot.
Of course, not all the colours in my size were available — blue was sold out, so I had a choice of purple with silver metallic, or…*silence*…pale pink with yellow/orange/pink swirly flower-power print on the side. Not my cup of tea, so I opted for purple and silver. I heart them. It helps that my running jacket is lavender.
Lavender, what? Yeah, well, when I had to choose from the myriad of colour choices for the running jacket, I asked them what colours were the least popular and they said, “lavender” and “lime,” so I thought, okay, less chance of others having the same jacket. I got the lavender. I know, an odd way to choose…ha!
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