As I sit here, sweat is dripping down my face, my heart is pounding in my chest and muscles burn. I have just completed my daily 5 Km run and I feel great. My head is clearer, my body feels stronger and emotions are in check. To me running is a therapy. It is a time for me, the dog and nature to connect. Its the time that I refocus my mind, improve my overall health and enjoy what nature has to offer.
Running into Pain
Running wasn’t always that poetic. When I began running it was a stubborn challenge against a friend. Then it became something I wanted to prove to my DH I could do. After weeks and weeks of running, it became a PAIN. See, I am a whimsical person. When I decide something it happens right then with little or no preparation. I had an old pair of runners in the closet, a pair of workout clothes from my last exercise stint and a great neighbourhood to run in. I followed an app program. I warmed up, I stretched, I increased in small increments, and I cooled down. Easy right? What I didn’t pay attention to was the dull pain in my leg. It’s just weak muscles, I would tell myself. Someday, I would be able to run pain free!
It wasn’t until I had to take almost a week off running, before I decided to research my problem. Every website I went to pointed to shin splints. All the studies and research I read said that shin splints, lower leg pain caused by micro-tearing in the fascia, resulted from increasing speed too fast, increasing distance too fast or improper running shoes. Now I have tried many couch to 5K programs. They all run along the same algorithm so I didn’t think that was the problem. Speed? What Speed? I am by no means running a race or trying to improve a time, so I’m sure that isn’t the problem either. The only variable left: my shoes.
Finding my glass slipper
After many conversations with running friends (both novice and athletes), reading countless articles and trying on a number of different shoes there was only one that stood out: Skecher GoRun Ride5
The next generation of Skechers GOrun Ride™ has increased Resalyte® cushioning for additional impact protection and response. Synthetic and mesh fabric upper with 3D printed overlays.
- Upper provides lateral and medial support for stability during long or short distance runs while maintaining breathability
- GOimpulse® Sensors repositioned on outsole to allow for an even smoother transition and optimized running experience
- Removable insole for a custom fit
- Breathable diamond mesh side panels offers support
- 3D printed overlays create a virtually seamless minimal upper for comfort and maximum breathability
- Mid-foot strike zone promotes a fluid transition and efficiency in each stride
- Increased Resalyte® midsole for additional impact protection and response
- Oblique last for additional toe splay area and comfort
- Integrated inner support strap for a stable and secure fit
- 4mm heel drop
Wow!! What a difference! When I compared my old running shoe to this one, I was completely blown away! My old running shoe was rigid, unflexible and had no cushioning. Stepping into this one, was like stepping on to a cloud. My first run out with the Skecher GoRun 5 Ride, I noticed how my running stride changed. Instead of my ankle collapsing inward with each pace, I felt more aligned and noticed that I could run for longer periods of time. The biggest change for me was the pain! Although shin splints take awhile to get rid of, their was less pain after each run and the pain I felt dissipated faster.
If you are looking for a new form of therapy, make sure you find your glass slipper first! I highly recommend these SKECHERS!
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