4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

New sneaks

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I realize all the posting tonight is a little out of control, but I have a lot to say, and haven’t posted in days!

After my recent foot trouble, I needed to get new sneakers, badly, and went to the authority, JackRabbit Sports, on 14th St between 5th and 6th Ave.  I’ve picked up sneakers at Super Runners Shop, where they do little more than talk to you a bit, and I’ve always had bad experiences with the sales people at Paragon.  I’ve walked into Paragon in the past with the intention of buying sneakers and then trudged out after being treated poorly or ignored by the shoe sales staff.  However, I’ve always had wonderful experiences at JackRabbit, where I’ve picked up some running, biking and swimming supplies in the last year, including my wetsuit.

They really treated me well.  Tried on lots of pairs of shoes, and took several turns on their treadmill where they analyzed my gait.  I learned something very important, that my foot requires a shoe larger than size 13.  That probably explains the little problems I’ve had with my toenails when I bump up the mileage, and the pains I’ve started to get on the tops of my right foot after some runs.  I also learned that I don’t over pronate as much as I thought I did.  I was able to find a size 14 that seems to fit OK, Nike Triax Structure.  I’ll give it a go and see how they work out!

On a final note, I’m officially signed up for both the Fred Lebow 5M, and the Manhattan Half Marathon in Jan.

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Written by SCL

January 5, 2009 at 11:34 pm

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