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My Gear part 2

1 Oct

On July 27, 2012, I posted “My Gear” in which I shared the running sneakers I use as well as my running apparel.

Since writing that post, not much has changed with my apparel, but my sneakers are completely different. After working in footwear at a sporting goods store, I learned a lot about the different kinds of sneaker and how important it is to understand how your gait works and how your feet strike the ground.

When I wrote that post, I was running in Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s, which is a stability shoe. A stability shoe is good for those whose feet evenly strike the ground or turn a little bit inward (also called overpronation). When I started running more distance, I felt a lot of pain in my knees and ankles. At first I assumed this was just because my joints weren’t used to such high impact for longer periods of time.

After a trip to the chiropractor, I learned that I actually supinate, meaning my feet turn outwards a bit when I run/walk. Wearing a stability shoe that helps push your feet outward was just making my supination worse.

Now I run in a neutral shoe, and this provides support and doesn’t angle my feet in any direction. As someone who supinates, I swear by the Brooks Ghost 5’s (although they’ve come out with the 6th generation now but I haven’t tried them).

Brooks Ghost 5's

The top three technical running shoe brands are Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics, but I definitely prefer Brooks. I do have a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s which is also a neutral shoe, and I like them for walking in! Plus they look good.

Birthday Shoes copy

The best way to determine what kind of sneaker you should be wearing is to go to a running store that offers to watch you walk without shoes on or go to a doctor who can make that kind of observation. A quick way to get a general idea is to look at the bottom of your shoes that are well worn. You’ll notice that a certain portion of your shoes may be run down way more than other parts of your shoe. In my case, the outer sides of my shoes are scuffed up because of the way my feet turn out when I walk/run!

I have a detailed list of the footwear and apparel I wear for running and working out on my new Subblime profile! Here I have a photo of everything, a link to where you can buy it, and my own description of why they’re great to use. Check it out!

Subblime Profile

 

Autumn Running

12 Oct

Autumn running is the best kind of running. Honestly, I just can’t get enough of it!

The only reason I’m not currently outside pounding that pavement is because after running 16 miles in three days… my sore legs are in serious need of recovery.

I thought that blogging about running instead of actually running would ease my craving for the scent of drying leaves in the breeze against my skin, however, it’s only amplifying it!

My favorite things about running in autumn (specifically in the northeast of the fifty, nifty United States (I hope you know that song and now it’s stuck in your head for the rest of the night because it’s sure stuck in mine now!):

1. Cool, crisp air. I could run for hours if only my legs would let me. My lungs and heart feel stronger than ever when I run in this weather.

2. Ever-changing, never dull scenery. Every tree changes color and lets loose its leaves at its own pace. I’m never bored looking at all of the trees changing!

3. The leaves fall all around me. There are times when leaves literally fall onto my head or blow in the breeze all around me as I run by. If you filmed me running in slow motion, it would be MAGICAL.

4. While I do love the sunshine with this chilly temperature, I really love the clouds that blow in with the cold breeze. I don’t need sunglasses, and I can run at any hour without fear of heat exhaustion.

5. I love my Brooks running jacket. I feel so cozy running in shorts and a running jacket and not sweating, even after 10k.

Alright, legs. Recover your muscles quickly so I can tear up the road tomorrow morning before work.

My Gear

27 Jul

I’m a Nike snob. Almost all of my athletic apparel is Nike, and I rarely use my non-Nike apparel. You’ve been warned.

My first pair of running sneakers since becoming a serious runner back in September were the Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s. I love these sneakers. After 300 miles, it was time to retire them as they no longer provide optimal support.

Ah, what beauty.

If you like these sneakers (or perhaps in a different color) I was referred to a website for good deals on sneakers. These sneakers can be found here for only $82 and only $62 in the other colors. I will definitely be purchasing these sneakers in a different color this week.

My newest running sneaker is the Nike Free Run+ 3. They have a little bit less support and more flexibility which is why I was initially hesitant to buy them. I decided to trust some online reviews and give them a shot, and I really do love them.

I have a thing for obnoxiously bright sneakers. It’s my favorite.

I use two types of running shorts: these Nike track shorts (or something very similar) and these Nike Double Up shorts. I love them both. The latter is great if you’re going to be stretching or doing other training that involves, you know, spreading your legs because they have spandex shorts underneath. I think they would be really useful if you have issues with your thighs chaffing when you run.

I also use a Nike sweatband for longer runs in humid/hot weather – it makes a HUGE difference when the sweat is out of my eyes. My shirts are a variety of Nike dri-FIT tops.

If you’re running in Soffee shorts and an old tshirt that you have lying around, I say go for it. You’re amazing just for getting out there and running. The most important article of clothing in your running career is your sneakers!

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