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I pretty much like to baby myself when it comes to my running shoes. This however was not always the case. When I first started running over 16 years ago, I pretty much bought my running shoes based on how they looked and the price. Since I bought my running shoes at JC Penney’s that might tell you I wasn’t willing to spend too much for my shoes.
Over the years though, I started to have problems with my shins. First, it was shin splints. Then it was just very tight shin muscles. I could only run a few miles, and then I would have to climb Mount Sentinel up to the “M” to alleviate the shin tightness. While it was a good workout, it frustrated me with my inability to run longer distances.
At one point, about 10 years ago, I was talking with a co-worker about my shins always feeling tight when I ran. Chad was a fellow runner and immediately suggested I go to the Runner’s Edge (our local running store) to get fitted properly for my next pair of running shoes.
“Won’t that be expensive?” I worried. He just looked at me and said, “Aren’t you worth it?” And I had to agree. Yeah, he’s right. I am worth it, and since I do love to run, it’s important to have the right equipment.
Not too long after that, I ended up at the Runner’s Edge, where Anders, the owner was able to tell by watching me walk that I have a tendency to over-pronate. He said I needed more support and put me into my first pair of Adidas Brevards. Especially designed for women, these running shoes have served me very well.
I saw immediate results with my new shoes! No more tight shins! And the best part…they looked great too! The price was almost double what I had been paying before, but to be pain free and know I was wearing the right shoes for my running style was invaluable.
One other important lesson I learned was to buy new shoes more often. I usually get a new pair twice a year now. And since my work place rewards employees who use alternate means of transportation to get to work, twice a year I get a gift card good for the downtown stores. My commuter rewards amount has been very close to the price of a new pair of running shoes each time. Hey, can’t beat that!
In fact, just last week I bought a new pair…they’re the same color as my previous pair, only the white parts are whiter
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