Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Reflections on Running Shoes

I have a history of terrible shin splints. During track season my senior year, I got the worst shin splints of my life--nightmarish pain comparable to un-drugged labor pains. No kidding. I remember sitting with my legs in an ice bath with my best friend Jill and just screaming because it hurt so badly. Miserable. That's all I can say.
Then I discovered Asics. They literally changed my life! I still get shin splints if I run in a lower-end model, but I can not say enough about how much I love these running shoes! I have owned probably 8-10 different pairs of them, and have been (almost) shin-splint free ever since I started wearing them.
That being said, I have always wanted, but never owned, a pair of Asics Kayanos. Even way back when I worked at Foot Locker in high school, they had a price tag of over $100, which was just out of the question.
Last week, I found some Kayanos for half price at Sports Authority. What?! Adam gave me the ok, and I bought them! I called FIVE different stores before I found the pink ones in my size, because even though the blue ones would have been amazing, too, let's be honest--who wouldn't prefer the pink?

So, now I am wearing these beauties to the gym every morning as I train for (gulp!) a half marathon in June. I am a sprinter, not a distance runner, so this is HUGE for me. I am actually worried out of my mind that I won't be able to do it. I feel like this post commits me more seriously though, because now all of you know my plans!
And, as a side note, the past couple of mornings I have run a 5K (0n the treadmill) in my new shoes and my shins feel great! Thank you Asics!


Doug said...

I love my Kayanos! I have run in them for the last several years after my own shin splints! Haha. But the price tag is hard to swallow. I missed the sports authority sell :(...and I saw it in the ad to! I don't know how I missed it but alas, I did. Congratulations on your new shoes. Enjoy!

PS Thank you for the baby outfits. We are very grateful!

The Coopers said...

I ran in those when we were training for our marathon. I loved them! Good luck on your half marathon! That is great that you are running that, what one is it? A half marathon is the perfect distance, you feel like you really push yourself but you wont be completely dead after. After you run your half you can train for a full :) Congrats on the shoes! We need to have you guys over sometime.

Carly said...

You never cease to amaze me!

Allison said...

I love this brand of shoes too. I had 3 different pairs of adidas shoes in the past but they wore out or just hurt my feet. Ascics are perfect for me too. I have pink ones too! They are a few year models old though. And way to go on signing up for a half marathon.!