I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but while training for the Runner's World Hat Trick and Marine Corps Marathon, I have not uttered a word about shin or foot pain. I have not whined about more missing toe nails. I have not had issues with my knees (I used to wear a patella strap) and I haven't been sidelined (at all) for any problems with my legs or feet.
A little tidbit about me: I HATE HATE HATE shoes. I know- so outside the female stereotype. I will base my daily shoe selection (if I must wear them) on how long I am going to be out and how long I can bear in whichever shoe I select. I often walk into my home with arms full of groceries, and I take my shoes off before walking the small distance into the kitchen to put the groceries down. Sometimes I'll take my shoes off on the boardwalk when I finish my run and walk the 4 blocks home barefoot. Shoes feel binding and constrictive to me almost all the time. Why a woman would feel fabulous in high heels that squeeze her foot and bind her toes together is something I will never understand. I comprehend that they look nice, but comfort cannot be part of that equation. I am usually a few steps behind most trends, therefore I have yet to master feeling simultaneously sexy and uncomfortable. Tips and hints on figuring this one out would be much appreciated...
All of that said, I knew I was on the right track when I transitioned to zero drop shoes. I absolutely love barefoot/minimal style shoes, but I was not down with the idea of training for a marathon in them. Although I spend most of my time unshod, running barefoot is just not practical for me. But FEELING as close to barefoot as possible while wearing shoes is something I have always fantasized about.
When we discovered Altra Intuition 1.5, I was EXCITED by one statement I read: That these shoes are SO comfortable that you won't feel the urge to kick them off of your feet as soon as you walk in after a run. REALLY?
Yes really! Here's why:
|The Altra Zero Drop shoe is shaped like a foot. |
Rocket Science, right?
Stop squishing your toes into shoes that don't allow your feet to just... be feet.
I am registered for the Hat Trick at the Runner's World Half and Festival. All three races will be in my Altra Intuition 1.5. No question about it. I have about 100 miles give or take (I don't do the RunKeeper or Map My Run thing... I just run...) on this pair and I am planning on many many more. And guess who the main sponsor for this event is?
So you already know what I'm going to ask next...
Would you like your own pair of shoes from Altra Zero Drop Footwear? Yes? Oh I thought so. Altra will send a pair in your size, so this is NOT just a giveaway for women. So guys, you will NOT be stuck with bright pink shoes if you do not want them. Ok? Ok...
Get over to their facebook page and let them know I told you all about them. If you are a follower of this blog AND my facebook page, comment below and tell me about your best mile. It can be a mile of walking, biking, running, swimming, jump roping, skipping, rolling or any other way that you have propelled yourself through a mile. It cannot be a motorized mile. That's cheating. My best miles have been beside people I love: with my youngest son at the end of his first 5k, alongside my friends at mile 9 of the NJ Marathon, with my husband on our usual boardwalk route, with other runners conquering longer and longer distances. If you haven't gone a full mile yet, tell us about your best distance thus far. Every step is an accomplishment.
Hurry! Do it now!
|I'm not hurrying, well not|
in this photo anyway...