The last time I bought running shoes was probably about three years ago. I had no idea that once the rubber outsole wears down, the shoes are basically useless for running - which is why my legs have been in pain for the last few weeks. Duh.
On the advice of a couple of friends I went to the Running Room for a proper fitting. The assistant studied my feet, watched me walk up and down the store, noted that I have low arches (which I already knew) and had me try on three different pairs, all of which felt heavenly compared to the ones I've been wearing.
I went for these Nike Air Zooms.
And oh I am in love with these runners. They feel dreamy on my feet. As I bounced along the running path this afternoon I thought... oooh now I can run.
As it turns out, running shoes aren't just running shoes anymore. These swanky runners have a little pocket under the insole, where you can hook up a sensor that connects to your i-pod, which tells you how far you've run, how many calories you've burned and your time. You can even choose "power songs" when you need motivation... (I'm wondering what these power songs are though, and who chose them?)
So now I have technology in my shoes. What next? Will it really make a difference - all this fancy stuff? Probably not, but as I mentioned before, I like all the stuff. Even as I paid for my runners, I couldn't help noticing all the fancy running accessories - things I didn't know existed: waist belts with water bottle holder, watches with built-in heart rate monitors, arm band i-pod holders. All of which are, of course, completely impractical for me. I had to leave quickly before there was an incident with my debit card.