I Really Wear These Shoes.

I am officially halfway through marathon training! That’s right, 9 weeks down…and 9 weeks to go. It sounds good, but over the last few weeks my legs were feeling tired & the schedule ahead scared me. Here’s a look at my marathon training schedule…

Hal Higdon Novice 2

As you can see, I still have long runs of 17, 18, 19, & 20 miles to go before the marathon fun begins…if my legs felt like this after running at most 15 miles, I am in trouble.

So I started reading about running health issues. Most people wrote about knee, ankle, & foot pain. Bottom line: running takes a toll on the body. The impact of running adds up…especially when you start running more significant distances.

Immediately following my 15 mile run, I knew I had to make a choice: keep running in my current running shoes (Newton Gravity) or make the switch to something with a bit more cushion. I did a lot of research & wound up purchasing some new running shoes…check them out!

hoke one oneI am now wearing a shoe that most closely resembles the Shape Up Shoes that were designed to tone up your body while you were on the move. Instead of being endorsed by Kim Kardashian or Joe Montana, they are endorsed by crazy people who run ultra marathons (50, 100 mile races).They are designed to cushion the impact of running while promoting natural running form. This new brand of running shoes is called the Hoka One One (own-ey, own-ey) & they actually work.

My body is still recovering from the pain of the past few weeks, but I’m getting better. So if you see a yellow flash run past you, don’t worry…it is just my new running shoes & me. And when you realize that it is me & ask yourself, “Is he really wearing those Shape Up looking shoes?” You know the answer: I really wear these shoes.

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