Running and I have a weird relationship. I love it, it doesnt love me. Really I think it is the shoes that don’t love me. I am very good about making sure I am properly fitted in the right shoe for my foot/body/form and most times they get it right. I think this last time they got it wrong. Really wrong. I joined a 5k running group with my local running shoe store (where I got my Brooks) and did pretty well. I noticed towards the end of the training cycle, my legs were tight not too long into the run. I rolled, I stretched, I even had Matt take the rolling pin to my calves, but could never figure out the issue. Maybe I was dehydrated?
I joined the 10k program right after the 5k because I made it into the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th. It was a terrible cycle. My legs left me in the back of the group. I had to stop all the time and was frustrated more than you can imagine. We chopped it up to not running enough during the week and I decided I was done running YET AGAIN after Peachtree.
I signed up for Peachtree with two friends, so at least I could have someone to walk with if I needed to. But then the week of the race, they both bailed for their own reasons. Crap. I toyed with the idea because the longest run I had been on was five miles at that point and my legs gave me hell 2 miles in.
But I would not let that stop me from running the race. I love doing this race and it feels great to start my favorite holiday off like this. The atmosphere of this race is amazing!
The night before I had a thought…..what if it was my shoes? My running coach mentioned it a few times during our runs, but we weren’t ready to jump the $120 shoe gun just yet. So that night, I didn’t roll my legs out, I did hydrate as much as I could, I didn’t do anything special. All I did was lace up the shoes I was in before my Brooks. They were worn down from use, but I never had leg problems in them before.
I headed to the start of the race (which was very cool for July 4th) and started running. After mile three I noticed there was NO pain. I walked up heartattack hill (and I am not ashamed) and started sucking towards the end because I did not have enough sugar, but no leg pain. How could every other run before this give me pain but not this one? It was the shoes I tell ya! I have noticed a difference in the way I land on my feet with my old shoes!
My time was 1:20 which was awesome for sucking from the heat AND being sick that week.
I have taken a small break since the race (thanks to work) but I think I have found a shoe I should stay in (Asics GT-2000). I think I am going to save a few bucks and at the end of August when things have calmed down at work, I am going to buy a new pair of shoes similar and start this rodeo again. Who knows, maybe I will be able to start training for a certain half I saw next spring.