‘I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.’
My current Walk into the Future has allowed me to grow in many areas. One of those areas is my constant pursuit to run a half marathon under 2 hours. I discovered the only way to meet the goal was to actual put in the work to get there. I’ve documented my past training program consisted of the occasional 7 mile run before tackling the challenge of running a half marathon. I was finishing the races but didn’t have the extra kick needed to really approach my running goal.
The new running plan now has me doing the following:
- Tuesday: 5-mile run (or longer)
- Thursday: 7-mile run (or longer)
- Saturday: 10 to 15-mile run
- Note: All adjusted based on weather or my schedule
- Leverage the treadmill for speed work
This increased mileage has been good to condition my mind and body. The mental and physical toughness generated was very evident in my last half marathon in Nashville. Building muscle memory to continue to move forward even when it hurts is an outcome from the increased running workload.
Decided to utilize a local running specialty store, Fleet Feet to have my feet and gait analyzed to see if I could gain an advantage with my training. Please note, I recommend everyone get a foot and gait analysis done before tackling the miles needed to complete a half marathon.
My foot analysis identified three issues I had but didn’t know about. The first issue discovered is my feet are not flat, I have a low arch, but it still exists. Was told years ago by a doctor I needed inserts because I had flat feet. The second issue was my right foot is longer than my left. The third issue was I always bought running shoes base on my ‘true’ shoe size.
The Fleet Feet staff recommended with the miles and races I participate in, I should buy running shoes a full size longer than my normal foot size. The larger shoe allows my feet to breath better and provides a platform in case my feet swell while chasing additional miles. The larger shoe also eliminated the discomfort I felt since one foot is longer than the other.
Armed with this new intel, I had the Fleet Feet staff recommend shoes to fit my unique feet (no pun intended). They provided me with 3 in-store options to try and get a comfortable feel for. Each shoe provided a different level of technology (arch support, roll bars, cushioning, etc.). Decided to conduct my own research on each shoe they showed me but came away impressed with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 model. I switched from my normal ASICS GT-2000 shoes to the Brooks shoes two weeks prior to the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll 2019 half marathon. This gave me enough time to get 30 miles of training in the new shoe—never race in brand new shoes.
Happy to say the Brooks running shoes performed very well for me in Nashville and training leading up to the race. The support the new shoes provide eliminated foot discomfort, leg fatigue and joint issues.
Grateful to the Fleet Feet staff for helping me understand more about my feet and the need to ensure my equipment matches my needs. I love the ASICS brand but was more than willing to replace them to keep my feet happy and moving forward. Excited to see the future race results in my new Brooks—more miles to come!
Join me at the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in September to see how my new Brooks are performing!
‘Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, others head to the corner pub, but I chose running as my therapy.’