So far, the 5k training looks like it will be a fun way to not only start running, but also help with losing weight and getting fit.
I've read that when you're are new to running, it is crucial to get yourself a new pair of running shoes. Having a comfortable pair of running shoes while training for a 5k or any other running event will reduce the impact on your legs and joints while helping to avoid, or reduce, back pain and injuries. Having a good pair of running shoes will also make you feel like a runner which will give you added motivation during a 5k training program. It will also make it a bit easier to run!! Trust me, I want to make it as easy as possible.
It's strongly recommended to visit a local running store, not the big chain stores at the mall - but a specialized running store, to get fitted by experts. I just returned frm the RunningRoom. They ARE experts!!
The Running Room is an Alberta company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. The company's reputation has been built upon product innovation, quality and the knowledge of the sport of running. Check out their website for more details.
After my experience with them today, I can certainly attest to the fact that they are knowledgeable and quite helpful. I've purchased many pairs of "running" shoes /sneakers in the past (at least 25 - more for fashion than fitness back then) and never, I repeat, NEVER, have I had such an experience. I dealt with a man named Brett. He was so very nice, knowledgeable and helpful!!! He smiled and welcomed me to the store. I said, "Hi! I need A LOT of help!" He said, "no problem" and we proceeded with the process. I told him that I was about to start training for my very first 5K. He seemed so excited for me!! I mentioned that I have absolutely zero experience with running and I need good shoes!
He told me I came to the right place and proceeed to explain the importance of having proper running shoes when training/running. He then told me that I would be doing a few exercises to check my feet and determine the shoe best suited for me!! "Wow", I thought, personalized service. Brett asked me questions about my arch (if it collapsed or not when I stood/ walked for example), my ankles and a lot of other things and big words I couldn't pronounce regarding my foot! I could not provide an answer to most of his questions! However, he was not deterred.
He asked me to do a couple of exercises such as, lunges on each leg, while he checked my feet in efforts of determining what type of shoe I would need. I stood on one leg, then the other and even did a couple of squats. Then he had me walk back and forth as if I was walking the catwalk while he checked the form of my feet. He knew exactly what he was doing. After asking me a few more questions, he then went to the back, brought out a few pairs of shoes and it was time for me to try them on.
The first ones I put on were SOOOOO COMFORTABLE!! It was incredible, what a difference between it and my current sneakers!! They were light, cushiony (if that's a word), and just comfortable. They felt like an extension of my feet! I loved them. I wanted to take them, right then and there!! Brett advised me to try on the other pairs so that I could be 100% sure. So I did, the other pair were just as comfy, however there were subtle differences between the two. It was great because I didn't feel that regular " pushy salesman's pressure to buy" that I normally get at the large stores in the malls. I was encouraged to take my time, ask questions and be sure. I was given so much information that I felt very pleased with my purchase. Here it is:
They are so light and comfy and just fit me perfectly - anxious to start the training!! See the side pic, the circular "thingy" beside the Nike swoosh, it expands to prevent bunyons - added comfort and they're kinda cute too! :) It's the Nike Zoom Vomero+4.
I also purchased a pair of "Friction-Free Cool, Dry Performance" socks!! Brett mentionned that regular cotton sock could cause blisters due to the friction etc. I paid about $15 for the socks alone but it has a "anti-blister system"...blister free guaranteed!! I hate blisters so to me, it's worth it.
To all my friends and family reading this, when it comes to gifts, I don't mind getting socks from the Running Room :D
Anyway, that's it for now...very happy with today's purchase...will get started shortly. Anyone interested in running with me, please let me know.
Until next time...