Spring cleaning equals spring shopping!

I try to make a point of going through my closet and dresser – item by item – at least once a year, and ruthlessly getting rid of anything that I don’t wear, doesn’t fit, or is out of style. Lately, I’ve realized that I need to buy a few new things for spring and summer – some new work clothes, bathing suits for a beach vacation in June, etc. But, I made a rule that I wasn’t allowed to buy a single new article of clothing until I completed my closet purging project.

Unfortunately, I started the process a couple times and just couldn’t get myself going. Then, I ran the Atlanta Women’s 5k last weekend with my friend Vanessa, and she had on the coolest, bright yellow Adidas running shoes. Click here to see what they look like. I decided that I absolutely had to have them in pink (see here). And suddenly I had new found motivation for completing my closet cleanse.

For a while, I had been toying with the idea of buying a second pair of running shoes – something a little lighter, faster – to complement the Mizuno Wave Inspires I’ve worn (probably going on six or seven pairs now) for the past couple years. I read Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run a few months ago, and was intrigued by the theories/stories/research he presented on minimalist running. And while I’m not planning on buying a pair of the Vibram Five Fingers anytime soon, I did try on a pair once, just to see how funny they look. Check out my frog foot:

I’ve found the trend toward lighter, less cushioned running shoes very interesting. And I thought a lot of what I read in Born to Run made a lot of sense, that overly cushioned, structured shoes – designed, in theory, to prevent injury – don’t do anything to strengthen your feet because they essentially allow your feet to be lazy, therefore leaving you more prone to injury. As someone who has had a few foot injuries, I’m definitely interested in making them a little stronger.

But all of that science aside, really, I just wanted a new, cool pair of shoes! And I had been reading a lot about “performance trainers” – shoes that you can train in, but that are really designed for shorter, faster/tempo runs and racing. So, I set off for Big Peach – my go-to running store in Brookhaven – on a mission to get my hot pink shoes.

Well, darn Big Peach and their awesome expertise!!  I came in and told Laura, the salesperson helping me, what shoe I wanted. She took one glance at my feet, saw my Mizunos (which I got fitted for at Big Peach), and said, “But the Adidas shoe you’re interested in is a neutral shoe. You’re wearing a stability shoe that helps with overpronation. Why don’t you hop up there on the treadmill, I’ll put you in a neutral shoe, and we can analyze your gait to see if you’re still overpronating.”

Sure enough I was. So Laura wouldn’t let me get the pink shoes. But she did pull out a whole bunch of other performance trainers for me to try – some that I liked, and some that I didn’t. But the ones that I loved were yet another pair of Mizunos – the Wave Elixir model.

And while not hot pink, they are charcoal and silver and pretty bad-ass. And I’ve gone out on a couple shorter runs with them, and holy cow, do I feel fast! I’m very excited to wear them in my next race.

Miles run since last post: 13 ; total miles for the year: 148.2.

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