Today I am going to talk about the best way to find shoes for running/walking long distance events like 10K, half marathons, etc.
When I was preparing for my first half marathon in 2011, I went to the Sports Basement store in San Francisco. I was excited and nervous with no budget in mind to find the best shoes possible. The person who helped me just said try this and that and never explained what I should be looking for.
So I went with what I thought was the best ones at the time, spending a little over a $100.00. I worked out with them and broke them in. They felt okay but not the best.
I did the 13.1 miles in them. By the time I hit mile 9, my feet hurt so bad. I wanted to cry. The first rule that everyone told me was to never take your shoes off until you are done. I kept going, finished and could hardly walked. Then I took my shoes off and figured I would walk barefooted if I needed. Not only were my shoes too tight, I had blisters. My toes were pushed together so I had cuts on them from my toe nail.
After this experience I swore I was going to find the right shoes. My husband took me to a running store to get fitted. This was a very detailed and long process. (Thank you to the Running Revolution in Campbell.) They watched me stand in one place, walked and run on a treadmill without shoes.
After finding what was needed, I tried on about 15 pairs of shoes. I found that I would need to wear guy shoes for better fit and fell in love with Brooks.
In January 2012, I ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. While I only finished 10 miles due to time issue, my feet never felt better after a long run/walk. I even ended up going to the park later that night and walked even more. I wore out those Brooks pretty fast. I was sad to find that my shoes that I had fell in love with was no longer available.
While I was visiting some family in Nevada, I stopped at Scheels in Reno and found a new pair of women’s Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 that fitted perfectly with extra room for the swelling that happens when you run/walk long distance.
I wore the Adrenaline for the last year and half and owned 2 pairs of the above. When it came time to get a new pair of shoes I stayed with Brooks but wanted to change the color up a little bit. I ended up getting the same shoe but in the a different color.
I have to say that I truly have found a shoe that I loved and will stick with this one for as long as I can for my long distance run/walk shoe.
The biggest thing I have found is spend the money on shoes that really fit. You must invest in yourself for comfort. Yes, it can cost money but it is better than being in pain. It does not have to be the common brand name but it has to work for you. Trust me I have tried most of them like Nike, Reebok, Adidas and ASICS to name a few.
I will take Brooks any day.