I love this time of year. Serious runners are mapping out their race calendars for the year, some are already training and some are posting about motivation, experiences and how to prepare for said races. I LOVE IT!
While I consider myself a runner, I have a lot of work to do before I am back into racing shape. My first step before jumping into that first workout was to replace my shoes.
I am a creature of habit, as most runners tend to be, so didn’t think twice about ordering my beloved Asics Gel Nimbus shoes. I went with the 13’s (the latest version, 14, is awesomely colorful but pricey), as these are what i’ve been in most recently, loved and could get at a great price.
(from left to right) My Asics Gel Nimbus 12’s, old 13’s and new 13’s
While some shoe replacement recommendations are based on date (replace every 3 months) or mileage (300-600 miles), I typically go off of 2 factors: how I feel and the tread wear. Figuring that I wore the same 2 pairs of shoes through my entire pregnancy (CRINGE), you can bet they were worn into the ground. I have a bad habit of doing this when not actively training for a race. Consider this my inner-Monica Gellar coming out, trying to save money by not buying so many new pairs of shoes per year. Dumb, I know.
I’ve worn my new Asics for 2 weeks now and, while they’ve been my favorites for years, there might be a problem. My first runs in new shoes usually feel fantastic on my legs/feet, as though i’m running on clouds, but they haven’t felt this way thus far. I’ve had some pain in my big toe (right foot), ball of my foot (right foot), and numbness (in both).
There are a number of possible reasons for this, like the fact that my body is still adjusting from pregnancy, so perhaps I am running differently. Another possibility is that my feet just aren’t used to everything I am doing, let alone the foreignness (sure, it’s a word) of new shoes. It could also be a foot issue. I had surgery on my left foot back in 2003 & 2005 (2nd surgery was to fix an error from the 1st) to correct a hereditary problem and after a bad experienced, decided not to do my right. I’ve had minor pain in my right in the past, but it’s usually only been when my running mileage is up during training.
One other major possibility… my beloved Asics might no longer be the best fit for me. GASP! I’d hate for this to be the case, because, well, I love them, but maybe it’s time to divert from my norm and try something new.
What to do?
There are a lot of recommendations out there for finding the right shoe for you, such as trying out different styles and seeing what feels best (this can get expensive and you could end up in a shoe that could eventually cause an injury), the wet test, or my favorite- head to your local running specialty store to get fitted! This is my go to because the professional you work with will usually watch you run, both in your shoes and let you try potential new ones. So, this is where I plan to start. Perhaps I am no longer a neutral-type runner that just needs lots of cushion… we shall see.
to be continued….
- What is your go to running shoe?
- What foot type do you have (neutral, pronator, over-pronator, under-pronator)?
- How do you pick out new shoes?