Breaking in New Running Shoes

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After staring at them for over a month, I finally broke down and started breaking in my new running shoes.

It was a good idea.

16-06-03-ShoeMy old running shoes, having survived over 300 5Ks, were starting to fall apart.

And the replacements for my beloved running shoes were on sale for just $65.

Like I said, it was a good idea to buy them now, on sale, before the old ones completely fell apart.

But then they came in, and new shoe-idis (I made that up) happened.

That's what I'm calling the dread of breaking in a new pair of running shoes.

They're stiff, uncomfortable, don't fit well, and why would anyone want to suffer through breaking in a new pair of running shoes anyways?

16-06-03-ShoesWell, maybe because your old shoes are hanging on by a thread.

Realizing the longer I waited the worse my case of new shoe-idis was going to get, this morning I finally decided to take them for a spin on the treadmill.

As a small concession to my inner couch potato, I decided to run slower than normal, running at only 4.6 mph versus my current norm of 5.6.

As far as the run went, wow it was so much easier running at that slower speed!

But as easy as it was, I also knew that if I reverted back to that speed on a regular basis, after awhile it would become as difficult as my current speed.

Why do I say that? Well, I remember a time three years ago when running at 6mph was my easy run, when 7+ was my norm.

Ah, those were the days! But I digress.

Running in the new shoes was almost as bad as I thought it was going to be.

16-06-03Ten minutes in I was contemplating stopping and loosening the overly tight laces.

Note to self: Loosen the laces of your new shoes

But I hung in there, and ran the full thirty minutes in my new shoes.

I also use it as an opportunity to see what my heart rate would be at that slower speed, which surprisingly wasn't much different?

And that's the story of how run twenty eight went this Friday morning in my new running shoes.

Friday's score: Shawn 1, Couch 0.

Run twenty eight's stats: Time 30m, Dist 2.75, Cals 431, Steps 4777

Written by Shawn Tierney, a Fat Man who Runs in hopes of becoming less fat!


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