Ta Da!!! Here they are… my new shoes! Brooks Launch 4. This is proof that I don’t buy my shoes based solely on color. I’m totally a pink or purple shoe color girl. Granted, this color combo does go with everything I own, but it would not be my first choice by a long shot. Given that the other choices were the Shamrock design, or the American Flag design, I went with black I am practicing what I preach though because that’s what I always tell my daughter when she’s running shoe shopping! Buy based on feel.
Not selected… American pride
… and Shamrocks.
My choice was a bit overwhelming though because I tried on a dozen different brands and models. They got eliminated one by one based on slipping heel, feeling too tight, and just feeling too heavy. In the end, I had 4 candidates. One was eliminated due to the weird shoelaces they had. Another pair (Saucony Kinvara) were eliminated because I thought they were “too sexy” for me. Yep, super light on the top, cushy feel, and I felt like I would just wear through them too fast! Money has to be a factor in the decision too! I can’t even remember why I picked these over the final candidate, but they won.
I got to try them on my treadmill Tuesday morning. They felt pretty good. They felt good while I was running, but afterwards my calves were a bit sore. The heel to toe drop is more in these shoes than my Newtons, and just a different ride than my Newtons. So day 1, I’m no completely sure on my selection. oops. (ps, 30 day return policy!)
Here’s the kicker though… When I stopped in the store to get my shoes, I handed over my slip from myPT with the shoe specifications I should be fitted for. The sales clerk read the part about “hamstring and glute pain” and said “OK, but in my experience a different shoe model is not going to help. But I’m not a PT.” He mentioned that “stretching, strengthening, rest, cross training and listening to your body” is the fix. Soooooo true!!! That was some solid words of wisdom. And it has been stuck in my head!
I’m not sure I’m totally sold on the new shoe idea myself, but I’m game. I feel like I’ve been on a quest to solve the mystery of glute and hamstring pain for far too long now and I really want to believe someone who is more qualified than my Google searches.
I do have another PT appointment this week and I’m hoping to have a solid game plan when I leave that office. In the meantime I’ve been keeping up with my stretching (Jasyoga), strengthening (glute bridges and Myrtl routine), resting (2 days off after my race weekend, and after hard workouts), cross training (biking on Monday) and listening to my body (making my morning runs slower and shorter, and dropping my training plan for right now). Hopefully all of this is putting me on the road to pain free running in the future. And hopefully it’s the “near” future It sucks to see my training plan workouts pass me by with no hopes of actually doing them, but hey, these things happen!
One a side note… something even more exciting that was acquired at the running store… A SAUCONY RUNNING JACKET! So exciting because I have never owned one before. I feel like a pro now
Q: Do you own a running jacket?
It has taken me forever to commit to one!
Q: Which color would you have selected – black, flag or shamrocks??
The shamrock design is pretty cool. It would have made it easy to spot me in a race or race photos!