I have been wearing the cross trainers I had just to get started. Yes, I am aware that they are not proper running shoes. I figured it was better than nothing to get me started. After all, I'm still doing more walking than running. Alas, my shoes are beat and I am feeling it. time to bite the bullet on that one. I am COMPLETELY overwhelmed. There are so many brands, styles and colors.
There is a running shop near one of my bridges and I could easily pop in there at lunch, but I have to admit that I am a bit intimidated. I am not a serious runner - and I don't intend to be. I can see why people do it now, but that isn't my goal.. I have no intention of inflicting anything more than a 5k on my body. I feel like they will blow me off or laugh at me maybe. I know I am a novice but I don't want to be treated like a total loser. Before you protest and say they wouldn't I have to point out that it is in Darien. The people in Dunkin Donuts treat you like that.
So, I went to a few sporting goods stores. I learned a few things.
- The sales people may be nice and well intentioned, but they don't know what they are talking about.
- The employees (male and female) will assume that since you are a woman, the most important quality in a running shoe is the color. really? I know I look like a hot mess when I run. The color of my shoes will not help.
- Women's running shoes don't come in wide widths. I have heard rumors to the contrary, but I have yet to actually SEE them.
- Due to #3, the kind and well meaning sales people will tell you to look at the men's section and then point out that there are more colors available in men's.
Then, I went on Facebook. My running friends came out of the woodwork with fabulous advice. I will hit the highlights here:
- DO NOT BUY MEN'S SHOES! That was my initial instinctive reaction. I'm not a man. My body mechanics are VERY different. So glad to have everyone backing that one up for me.
- I really do need to suck it up and go to a running store and get fitted for some thing that works for me.
- I do not need to buy it there! I can go to DSW and get last years color for less.
- Asics might actually make wide widths. Still looking for the proof here...
Once I get the shoes ironed out, I can figure out how to get rid of the cramp in my side that happens at about the 60s mark in each interval. by the time I walk it off, it is time to run again... sigh...