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Running.  I really, really enjoy it. it means so much to me in so many different ways. It is my primary source of exercise, it is therapeutic to me, it is a quiet, peaceful time where I can unwind or think things through. I have embraced it as a part of my life.

Another reason I like it as much as I do is it can be done as an individual activity or with others. and the only person you are really competing against is yourself. Yes, there are others in races that you are competing against, but at the end of the day, it is really you versus yourself.

Running doesn’t take much to really get started, there is not a lot of equipment to buy, you can run in shorts and a shirt, sweats or a warm up suit when it gets colder, but the most important thing is a good pair of shoes. And there are literally hundreds of options out there for you. they are built for just about every type of runner and once you find the right one for you, it is a borderline religious experience.

The right shoe for you may not be the right shoe for your friend, or other runners. In my experiences so far I find that once a runner finds a brand they like, they stay very loyal to it and it is hard to convince them to go away from what they know. I have been the same way. very loyal to what has worked for me in the past. I did a little reading online, found a great shoe that worked for me and had stuck with that brand and model only slightly deviating.

Asics was my brand. I am a BIG fan of their Kayano line of shoes. they fit very well and give me the support I need. I have owned a number of pair of them since I have started running, my only real complaint is that I felt I was not quite getting the mileage I should have out of them, but I probably put them through a little more wear being a bigger guy. I have also worn their Nimbus shoes as well, very comfortable.

I said ‘was’ my brand. as I was nearing the end of the lifespan of a pair of Kayanos I went to a specialty store to see what they would recommend, if you are going to or have just started running, I highly recommend this. there are stores that will analyze your gait and stride, as well as measure your foots pressure points to make solid recommendations on a shoe for you. My experience was a whole slew of shoes  to choose from, I ended up going with Brooks Glycerin  nines (shoe companies have this nasty habit of pushing out new versions of shoes just increasing the model number. and of course you want the ‘newest’ I am very guilty of shoe envy at times). I LOVED them. the fit is exactly what I had been looking for, as I find for myself that most of the Nike shoes are narrow. If you have a wider foot, you may find them to be a little uncomfortable across the top of your foot. They also supply ample support as well which is perfect for my stride.  I ran the heck out of them and was very sad when I had to retire them (for a pair of Asics again).

I skipped the Glycerine 10’s (to be honest, one of the ugliest shoes ever!) and over the past year had accumulated a number of gift cards from a local major sports store. they have Brooks available for order online, but not in their stores. I kept waiting and waiting, as the shoes I was currently running in were breaking down more and more. I have to admit, I was waiting for the Glycerine 12 to be released so I could get a pair of 11’s at a discounted price.  That was a big mistake. I caved and ordered the 11’s online and have run in them a couple times. I LOVE them. I love the way they look, I love the way they feel. But I have to admit, I should be kicking myself with them for waiting, holding out.

The Moral of the post is to not wait, get your new shoes when you know your last pair are nearing the end of their useful life.  The second tip, get yourself fitted.

thanks and good running.