Meet my new running shoes – Asics Gel-Nimbus 15’s. Aren’t they pretty?!? At first I thought it sounded like something from Harry Potter, but they are indeed a magnificent pair of running shoes. (And they should be for what I paid for them!)
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been having some wicked shin splints (but more on the inside of my leg), and I knew that I needed proper running shoes. I called my sister-in-law, a CrossFitter and a previous resident of Little Rock, and she suggested several specialty running stores in the area. This past Sunday afternoon, I set out to find the perfect pair of running shoes for me.
Here’s what I learned at my first stop, Easy Runner in Little Rock:
- I have a “neutral gait,” no special inserts or corrective shoes needed.
- A good pair of running shoes should last 300-500 miles.
- I have been neglecting stretching before I run (tsk, tsk, tsk) which could be one culprit of my shin splints.
- I should be taking in electrolytes before, during, and/or after my run to help with muscle recovery.
- Asics loves to make very loud shoes. No dull, boring colors for them.
- There are special compression socks for running. They support your arch, have a seamless toe, and wick away moisture.
- Running can easily become a very expensive habit. There was all kinds of neat gear in there!
I tried on several pairs of shoes at Easy Runner, but didn’t find any winners. I did buy some fizzy electrolyte/sodium tabs and a special hand-held water bottle for runners. I moved on to Academy Sports in North Little Rock…no luck there, either. Although I did get some running socks there. My final stop was closer to home at Hibbett Sports in Searcy. I had already tried on several pairs of shoes at Hibbett last week, but I wanted to look in Little Rock before making my decision.
A nice young man helped me narrow down my options until two pairs were left: a pair of Brooks and a pair of Asics. I loved both equally, but the Asics had more rugged soles. Because all my running is on asphalt, I figured that more rugged was the way to go. So I handed the young man one-fourth of my take-home pay to buy my first pair of running shoes.
I wore my shiny, new Asics Gel-Nimbus 15’s for the first time tonight for a run with a couple of friends from work. Each of us has purchased new running shoes in the last month, so I had to snap a pic of our new kicks. :)
My new shoes were a dream! So springy and comfy. I think I made a good choice. Now I’m not only running to “get in the dress,” I’m running to get my money’s worth out of these shoes. Ha! I still have a lot to learn about running, but I’m ready to hit the pavement again. And hopefully it will be less painful now.