Due to a nine week bout of whooping cough, I’ve been unable to think much about running until my trip to see Matt and the running frame at 18 Bikes a fortnight ago. Since then, I’ve moved onto trying to find the next piece of kit to be ready to run… shoes!
Now, let me tell you, for someone who has never run at all in her life, trying to figure out what I need in a running shoe is one of the more absurd exercises I’ve ever encountered. Websites have these Cosmo like quizzes to find the perfect running shoe for you, which is no help at all when you honestly have no clue what to expect. How the heck am I supposed to know if I have a mid foot run or front foot run if I never even ran in gym class!
And then I start to look at the descriptions of all these shoes and I literally haven’t a clue what they are talking about, at all. How important is a flexible and biodegradable sole? What good is a roll bar in my shoe? Do any of these qualities actually make anybody run faster? Are these shoes actually any different from each other?
Just as I’m well on my way to being very overwhelmed (I’m even looking at those barefoot shoes with the five toes at this point) I realise that I have another problem to deal with. Due to what relatively little weight barring I’ve done in my life, my feet aren’t just small, they are tiny, as in the size of a ten year old’s foot.
So now I have the added complication of finding a good running shoe (whatever that means) in a size 2. The field suddenly narrows down a lot. And according to Amazon I have one choice: Brooks Running Shoes GTS.
They came in the mail yesterday, a belated birthday present from Mum in Vegas. I have no idea if they’ll be good for my running. I haven’t got a clue what running feels like, or even how it will work in my Racerunner. Everything coming up is new, and idealised, and weird, and slightly scary, which is exactly what is should be when your life is about to change.
I do know this though: I know pretty shoes when I see them. And without a doubt, these are pretty.