Thursday, May 24, 2012
New kicks! Asics Cumulus 14
Today, I found myself doing strides outside a Polaris shopping strip in a dress and hoop earrings.
Fleet Feet had a Diva Night! 20 percent off if you dressed up with bling! I'm sure photos will be posted soon, I'll add them when they are (I also got to play fashion model, but that's a whole different story!)
Back on track -- there was a discount to be had, and I was in the market for some new shoes. I left with a pair of Asics Cumulus 14s. Right now I'm on my fourth pair of Mizuno Precisions -- a neutral shoe, LOVE THEM!! But after my injury, my chiropractor suggested that I run on my heels instead of my forefoot.
(Pause for the running community to collectively gasp, and the non running community to collectively roll their eyes and wonder what the big deal is.)
Here's why: I have lower back issues. The culmination of these issues settles in my lower right calf, and I sometimes get shooting pains when I run. But that pain subsides when I land on my heel instead of my forefoot. So while the Precision is a more neutral shoe, the Cumulus' have more cushioning in the back, and I more naturally land on my heel.
This shoe fitting experience was relatively painless, the Asics came out second and it was an instant, a-ha moment. First up were the Brooks Ghost, really comfortable but they were too wide in the toe, and I tried on a pair of Sauconys third, and they just didn't seem like they fit right.
I haven't run since the Pig, and now I'm anxious to get back! I'm going to go two miles with MIT Saturday, then maybe do a couple run-walks during the week, then six miles the following Saturday, then it's full speed ahead for Columbus. I'm healed, I'm rested, and I'm EXCITED!!