Okay! First of all, you need to know that I am very much a subscriber of the “do as I say, not as I do” rule.
I am awful! If you let me organise your life, then you’ll do fine. Let me organise my own, and it’s littered with mistakes and inconsistencies.
Two months ago I needed new running shoes. They say you should change your running shoes on a regular basis – I think about every 4 months or so if you run regularly. Well, mine, I’d played football in, run in, walked in, swam in (yep, really!) and done just about everything you can do (and more) in a pair or shoes. They were awful, and I’m not just talking about the smell.
If you ask me for advice, I will tell you, “go to your local running a store and get some valuable guidance from the assistant“. But, I am not asking me, I am me; as a result, I did it in the stupidest way possible.
Let me give you some history!
I used to run (for about a year) until I started getting some serious pain in my knees. The pain eventually got too much and I was forced to stop, and instantly signed back up to my diet of beer and Gulyas (I do live in Hungary after all). This pain could be a result of many things, but one likely source is the shoes. If there is one person out there in need of advice, it is me, but I’m not going to take it! If I’m honest, I’m intimidated by experts and shop assistants, I don’t want to be judged, and I don’t want it to be obvious I have no bloomin’ idea what I am doing. I am a full subscriber to the “all the gear, no idea” philosophy, and low and behold the person who catches me out.
I did do research, and here are my thoughts…
I have a pronating foot! I discovered this through wetting my feet and running along the floor. I hear you… what the hell is a pronating foot? I’m not the guy to tell you, but perhaps this website can.
Basically, this means my knee problems could be a result of running with not only old but ill-fitting shoes. I needed running shoes for a man with a strong pronation. What did I do? Go and ask my local running expert? Of course not, I’m an idiot remember!!!? I googled “running shoes for proneted foot”; I recommend you google “running shoes for a pronated foot” as apparently my spelling/grammar was not on fire that day… Alas, BOOM! Results!
Eagerly I read the list! New Balance, Mizuno, Asics… Brooks. Brooks! I’d heard about them before, Mike has Brooks, Mike is officially the most qualified runner I know (he did a half marathon once and never ran again, until now) – I’ll get them. With no delay, I trammed (See! It is a verb) myself off to the running store, pretended with the clerk that I knew what I was talking about, and purchased a pair of Brooks Adrenaline. I couldn’t afford the latest model, so I went for last seasons (possibly even the season before). BROOKS! I hope you’re reading this.. Hint, HINT! p.m me for my address. 😛
And, as for the shoes…
These shoes are beautiful, they look a little bit like something from the 1980s, BUT I AM from the 1980s, so it’s a match made in heaven. They are comfortable, supportive, and without a doubt the best running shoes/shoes I have ever worn. Since the day I purchased them, my knee problems have been almost non-existent; yeah, a few twinges every now and again, but nothing serious.
In short, if you need new running shoes, go see an expert. If like me, there is no way you are going to do this, then I recommend the Brooks (if you have a pronated foot like I do).
Legal Notice: Currently Brooks and I are completely unaffiliated, but should they send me some pairs for our challenge then I will edit this blog with a few stronger adjectives and write more blogs about how wonderful they are in the future.
Love to you all!