So this past weekend when I walked into Pacers Running Store, part of me was worried that because I didn't know the secret handshake they'd know I wasn't a runner. Yes, I know. I'm being ridiculous, but there was still a part of me that felt like I didn't belong there. But I had money and a need for sneakers (I knew my sneakers were not just dying, but actually dead).
He put me on their treadmill and recorded me running for a few seconds at pace (I went for 10:00 minute miles cause I don't normally use a treadmill). Good news was that I didn't supinate as much as I thought and I was pretty well aligned from my ankle to my knee. What this meant is that I didn't need a shoe with arch support (I have naturally high arches) or a shoe that has motion control (to fix how my foot was landing).
The Saucony ProGrid3 was a good neutral shoe, but Tripp thought we could do better than the most recent iteration of that shoe. He also surprised me with one little tidbit -- I actually needed a size 10.5 running shoe. He explained that most people come in needing a half-size to a full size bigger because (1) their feet swell when running and (2) to provide enough room in the toe box so that when you land, your toes have somewhere to go. All of this seems so obvious, but I thought the 10s I brought in were big enough (I also have the same shoe in a 9.5).
|The Brooks Ghost 6s were the winner.
I also picked up some other goodies:
(1) CEP progressive calf sleeves -- to help my calves with recovery (after my first run, I was walking a little noodly for a day or two) and they'll come in handy as the weather gets a bit cooler;
(2) SPIBelt high visibility belt (and yes, I was amazed that my GalaxySIII fit in that tiny little pocket); and
(3) Amphipod stretch reflective bands, cause well.... you can never be too safe.
In sum, I had a great experience at Pacers Running Store, I learned a little bit about how I run, and the kinds of shoes that I need to look for and all that was left to do was take my new sneakers on a run. But before I went, I asked @RunPacers if they had any advice for an elliptical runner going to the ground:
|The Francis Scott Key Bridge as seen from Georgetown Waterfront (notice how sweaty my hands get? Ew!)
|Outtake: Spike and Jack confer regarding the new sneakers.
However, I'm not going on long runs. I'm still a bit hesitant and want to see how my lower back responds. My neck is doing great.
I will mix elliptical and running outside for a while until I get a better feel as to how the compression is affecting my spine, and also to meet my #GoTheDist goals.