Today marks the first day of Chicago Spring Half Marathon training! My 11-week plan consists of several two-a-days, 200+ miles, and brand new shoes. Running has been a part of my fitness routine ever since I can remember; from sprints across the soccer field to a long run along Lake Michigan, I’ve always enjoyed the runners high. Unfortunately, I always had a problem finding a pair of shoes that fit perfectly AND looked great. That all changed when I went to Fleet Feet in Old Town – not only did they have a wide variety of options but the store associates were so patient with me trying on shoe after shoe and my indecisiveness while picking the perfect color to match all of my outfits. I never felt rushed and walked out of there with an amazing pair of Nikes (and some arch supports).
For those of you who are running your first race or have never been fit for a pair of shoes, this is something I highly suggest. I have run in the wrong shoes and my knees suffered tremendously – do yourself a favor and go!
The store associate will go through a series of steps to help find your best fit. First, they will watch you walk (without shoes or socks, be prepared!) so that they are able to narrow down their inventory to the type of shoe that matches your gait, arch, etc. Next, you will be able to try on several pairs of shoes, weighing the pros and cons of each. They will make their next selections off of your feedback. And finally, once a pair has been decided on, they will have you run on the treadmill for a few minutes to ensure they are perfect. Should you get home, run a couple times, and find that they pinch your toes or cause blisters, you are able to exchange them. Win-win for everyone!
Over the next 11 weeks, I will be sharing tips and tricks to half marathon training. I’ve also included my training plan below if you want to run but aren’t sure where to start. Keep in mind it is for a 1:45 goal so make adjustments where they are necessary. If you have any questions, please make sure to comment or reach out so I can address them in the coming posts!
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