I forget that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s also one of the most expensive for that reason! We live north just outside of San Francisco. My running and training partner who is from Finland always reminds me when we are running how lucky we are to have this as our training grounds. She is right! We can run pretty much year round outside without too much modification like other places in the Country where they experience brutal winters. We have a lot of pretty running trails, and scenery at our fingertips. I grew up here, and have lived here my whole life, and am guilty of taking it for granted. My friend takes a lot if pictures when we are running-
A. She has a faster pace than me!
B. I call her my “official Runningcurves photographer
C. She see’s the beauty I sometimes don’t until she points it out!
I am thankful she has taken so many great pictures to document this half marathon journey of mine. I don’t see it at the time until I go back and look at her photo’s how beautiful it is! I want to share with you some from last weeks run after work.
That’s me! Nice December weather, eh?
(I am the little ant down below running on the path.. I had no idea she was snapping these and she caught up to me in a jiffy!) I hope I get faster one day.. ha ha
Me, again, almost at the end of the run.. the sun is going down! December 12, 2013 Tiburon bike path
I had to share this one! She joked the height of my hair is competing with the height of the Golden Gate Bridge Towers- which you can see in the distance. It’s a funny picture, again, how lucky we are that is our view!!
I have to remember to be grateful I can run, I am healthy, I have a home and I live in a beautiful area. Sometimes it takes someone else to remind us that everyday we have gifts around us, and the most important ones are not the material gifts.
I have to say I had such high hopes for these shoes also. They felt awesome walking in them. I really loved how they felt. I had plenty of room in the toe box, they felt very comfortable and like walking on a cloud. But, when I went for my run I felt my feet were in pain again. I had such cramps in my calves and the bottom of my feet! It could very well have been some residual pain from the horrible experience I had with the Hoka’s the week before. So, I can’t honestly say it was from the shoes, but I do know they weren’t for me regardless.
After two miles the calf pain went away, but my feet were in unbearable pain. These shoes for whatever reason just weren’t working either.
I could totally tell these shoes probably are great shoes, but for someone else. I don’t know why they weren’t for me, but they went back to the running store and I am back running on my trusty Asic Keyano Gel running shoes. They are the shoe for me. They cost about $40.00 more, but its worth every penny for me. I ran in my brand new Asics the following week, and I was able to run 90% of my 4 mile run with no pain until the about the last mile. I think its a circulation problem I am probably having at this point, but the Asics help get me through my runs a lot better than any other shoe. So, why mess with a successful formula? I am now looking into compression socks to possibly help with my feet falling asleep, and more stretching…. I will keep you posted when I find something to add to the Asics combination that helps with my feet falling asleep!
I have to say, I wanted to LOVE these shoes. I looked for every reason to love these shoes. I didn’t care if they were considered ugly. I wanted comfort. Everything I had read about these shoes had me sure THESE shoes are the answer to my prayers!
As of lately, I have been running in Asics Keyano Gel’s, which I absolutely think are wonderful shoes. I was able to increase my mileage right away from my very first run with them, but after about 100 miles I found the bottoms of my feet began to hurt again. I know its because I am a heavier framed runner. The Clydesdale runner as I read one person describe us heavier runners.. and hey, it’s a great description! When I am out running I think all the time IF I could just find a shoe that would allow more comfort on the bottom on my feet I could run further no problem. So, after reading all the reviews on the Hoka I was convinced this is the shoe for me. I went to a running store and was fitted for shoes. The salesman suggested I try the Brooks Dyad 7, which I have to say, did feel very comfortable. But, I had my heart set on the Hoka. So, he fitted me for a pair. At first they felt awesome. They were so cushioned I thought I hit the shoe lottery! They are roomy, and full of cushion. I like my shoes loose and can’t stand feeling anything tight on my foot. These ticked all the right boxes, so far. I knew those were the shoes I was buying! He then went on to suggest I run only two miles at first to get use to them. He explained my foot would sit lower, therefore, I really need to stretch my calves afterwards so as not to strain something on the back of my leg.. I forget which body part… but, it made sense.. “OK.. I WILL!”
I went out for my first run. I stretched my calves and did my little walk on my tip toes, my heels, etc. I walked for a bit before I began to run. I was miserable! I felt like it was SO MUCH WORK to run! My calves were so damn sore and my feet hurt so bad I couldn’t make it a quarter a mile without walking… the ENTIRE 3 miles I tried. I even said out loud, “THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!” I honestly have to say it was the worst 3 miles I have ever run, except maybe once when I tried in a pair of Nike’s (which I can’t run in either). I run over 3 miles ALL THE TIME.. I am telling you, I could not even do ONE MILE in these shoes. I forced myself to just keep a walk/run to just try and see if it got better. I really didn’t want to accept these shoes were not living up to my expectations at all. I was so disappointed in these shoes, it breaks my heart to even say it. They did not work for me-not even a little. My Asics were great right from the start. I don’t want to try and make a shoe work. It should from the beginning, period.
So, I now am trying the Men’s Brooks Dyad 7’s after reading a few reviews from heavier set men who swear by them. Since I am heavier framed, I figure a man’s shoe might be perfectly suited for what I am looking for. I am about to run at least a few blocks in them (as it is dark at the moment, but I must see how they feel.) I will follow up with my review of them next!