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Recording Miles and Running Shoes

The benefit of using my Garmin for practically every run is all of my runs are uploaded to Garmin Connect. Therefore, I am able to go back and analyze when things start to go wrong. I always include details about how I’m feeling and it’s very easy to see the progression of I feel great, my running is going amazing, to hip is a little stiff, hip hurts, OMG I can’t run. I can go so far as to pick out the exact date my running took a turn for the worse.

When I started training this season, I was running in my older Newton Gravity shoes. They had quite a few miles already on them and the lug in the front was pretty worn down. January 8, 2013 came and I got my new pair of running shoes in the mail. From there on out, the details of my runs include the words sluggish, a little off, hip hurts, leg hurts, etc. I wonder what went wrong? Read more

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Lacing Your Running Shoes

I always assumed there was only one way to tie your shoes. Then several years ago, I worked at a running stores and learned this wasn’t the case. There are in fact, many ways to tie your shoes. If you have any type of issues such as your heel slipping, bruised toenails, or pressure points on the top of your foot, check out this video. For now, I’m just trying to find the best way to keep my shoes from coming untied 🙂

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Running Update: This morning was quite a busy one. I was schedule to run 12 but only did 10.8 because I was short on time. I had to get out to the Girls on Run 5K by 9am. My long run went well and the 5K was fun. I jogged it with some friends and just enjoyed seeing all the GOTR girls completing their first 3.1 mile race. Lots of fun! Stats are here and here for my long run and here for the GOTR 5K. A total of 13.8 miles.

Shoes4Africa

The run club that I started back in May is about three things. First, a healthy lifestyle. Second, empowering women and third, acts of kindess. As the holidays approach, it is a reminder for me to find more ways to incorporate running with doing good in the world. After watching the documentary Run.. last Friday, I wanted to ways to give the gift of running to others. But how? The answer… shoes. I have so many old running shoes, why not donate them to someone whose life might be changed? Read more

Brooks PureConnect

In addition to my compression socks I bought this weekend, I also bought a new pair of shoes.  Originally when I went into the store, I was planning on buying another pair of New Balance Minimus.  However, I had been considering a minimalist shoe with just a little more cushion.  I decided to buy the Brooks PureConnect on a whim (again, it was tax free weekend and I had a coupon), and so far so good.

I’m not going to go into a detailed shoe review.  Sometimes I find that to be a little too technical and overwhemling.  Instead, I just want to give a little background on the Brooks PureProject and give my overall thoughts of the shoe.

Brooks:

The PureProject collection is a tribute to runners with a sense of adventure and a craving to grab their run by the horns. Radically lightweight, flexible materials merge with smart design to naturally align your stride and empower every push-off. Unleash your feet; experience the PureProject by Brooks with four unique shoes in vibrant colors.

There are four shoes that make up the PureProject.  They are the PureConnect, the PureFlow, the PureCadence, and the PureGrit.  PureConnect is the lightest, and most flexible shoe.  PureFlow has a little more cushion but still with the lightweight, free feel.  PureCadence has more stability and a “reinforced heel that cradles the foot.”  Finally, the PureGrit is more suited for the trails and it was created with the help of Scott Jurek himself.

I went for a recovery run Sunday after my long run on Saturday.  Saturday’s run was tough – hilly and super humid.  (So humid I actually weighed my clothes once I got home and wasn’t too surprised when the scale said 2.4 pounds. ) For my recovery run, I wanted to go easy and I didn’t have high expectations.  I put on my PureConnects and headed out the door.  I went out focusing on effort – go easy and do NOT injure yourself. My initial thoughts – oh my this shoe is amazing! It is super light which is what I’m use to, but it has just the right amount of cushion.  Exactly what I was looking for.  Sometimes my feet need a break from pounding the pavement in the Minimus and this shoe was perfect.  It is extremely breathable and it fits my foot like a glove.  I don’t like for shoes to be too loose.  I prefer the snug feeling and this shoe has it.  This morning I went out for an 8 miler and wore the PureConnects again.  My initial thoughts were reaffirmed – minimal, breathable, and just a little cushion.  If you want to read all the specs of the shoe, go here.

Right now I have 11 miles on the shoes.  Therefore I can’t comment on the durability and my mind might change about the awesomeness of the shoes in a few weeks.  Only time and mileage will tell.  But I appreciate what Brooks is doing with the PureProject, and I look forward to running in the PureConnects while here in Miami.  The nice flat roads will certainly be a change from Raleigh.

My super bright PureConnects

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie

Running Shoes

A few days ago a friend shared with me an article about running shoes and their effectiveness in reducing injuries.  As runners, we always hear how important it is to find the right shoe for our foot.  Overpronators need motion control shoes and underpronators need neutral, cushion shoes.  I’ve worked at two running shoe stores and this was how we determined what shoe was best for people.  Well, it turns out there really isn’t any evidence this is effective.

Gretchen Reynolds:

“But as the military prepared to invest large sums in more arch-diagnosing light tables, someone thought to ask if the practice of assigning running shoes by foot shape actually worked. The approach was entrenched in the sports world and widely accepted. But did it actually reduce injuries? Military researchers checked the scientific literature and found that no studies had been completed that answered that question, so eventually they decided they would have to mount their own.”

So what did the military find after conducting their own studies?  Assigning the “right” shoe based on the foot did nothing to decrease injuries, and in fact, “wearing the ‘right’ shoes for their particular foot shape had increased trainees’ chances of being hurt.”

Here is the complete article.  It is definitely worth reading.

I’ve gone through a lot of shoes since I started running 11 years ago.  Motion control, stability, cushion, minimalist, you name it, I’ve worn it.  With every pair of shoe, came an injury.  From my own experience, I do not feel that any shoe has done much to keep me off the injured list.  What I am finding to be the more helpful is paying attention to my form, using the foam roller, strength training, working on my core, and just paying attention to my body.  In other words, taking an overall approach to my running.  The more I think about it, the more I believe that one pair of shoes is not going to fix anybody’s running woes.  It may work for some people, but I would venture to say those people are in the minority.

This is only a fraction of the shoes that I have worn

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

Tracie