We’re not besties. Let me just make that clear. But I have come to accept that I must get along with my treadmill if I want to get any running in this winter.
The temps again are down in the single digits, with gusty windchill factors below zero. Not suitable for running outside. Even for me. And while my elliptical happily keeps my heart rate up and my legs in shape, it’s NOT running.
So, this morning I ran 45 minutes on the treadmill. Non-stop. And I survived. We parted friends, and I may even hit it up again this week.
My new shooz seem to be doing well on the treadmill, but the true test will be running long distances outside – where I actually have to propel myself forward. I haven’t figured out how I ended up with the Brooks brand again. I went in to the running store with the intention of getting a different set of Nikes. But I came home with these.
It was the salesman who talked me into them. And I have to admit, I wasn’t sure why I should trust him. I mean, I didn’t peg him for a runner. He didn’t quite have the six-pack abs, if you know what I mean.
So when he started asking me questions, and began looking at my stride, I was surprised at how knowledgeable he sounded. “Have you ever thought about the Brooks line?”, he asked.
He insisted I try the Brooks Cadence – a style that offers a little more support than my first pair, but still light and flexible.
I walked a bit. I trotted a bit. I concentrated on every inch of my foot. They didn’t seem like they would hurt, yet I was scared.
He let me hem and haw for a long while before telling me to go home and try them out on the treadmill three times. “You’ll know by the third time if they’re the shoe for you. If not, you can trade ’em in for some new ones.”
Reluctantly, I shelled out my bonus money, and brought them home.
I’ve run more than three times by now, and I have no gouges in my heal and no stress fracture to speak of.
And in another week, I will be in Florida where I KNOW it’ll be warmer than 8 degrees. And then they’ll get the true test, the outside test. I can’t wait!