Welcome back Blends! I hope you all had a marvelous weekend. I definitely did. Mom & Dad came to stay with us for the weekend to spend quality time & to help kick off the last week of my birthday celebration. (Did I ever mention that I actually like to celebrate the entire month of September, even though the real day isn’t until the 20th? :D) I mean, I’ve already started blowing out candles at restaurants…
What a FUN experience!
First, meet John. He was my super helpful sales associate.
He measured my foot two ways. First, without any pressure on my foot:
And the second time, while I was standing straight up.
Did you know your feet measure at different sizes depending on whether or not you are applying pressure (AKA standing up) on them?
Well, turns out mine don’t measure too differently. Mostly because I have very FLAT FEET.
Then John watched me walk and jog and within seconds said, “OK, you definitely over pronate. A lot.” which means I need some hard support underneath my arch to prevent my feet from falling inwards.
He also inquired if I have ever had ankle injuries, because my ankles actually shifted inward when I took steps in an odd way he says he doesn’t see very often. Interesting stuff!
I tried on 3 different suitable shoes for my foot “conditions”. Asics, Mizuno’s & Brooks.
I got to run around out back in each pair:
I narrowed it down pretty quickly to the Mizuno’s or the Brooks. To break the tie, I tried on one of each and ran with them out back on concrete.
WOW!! Only when I got to wear them both at the same time could I tell a MAJOR difference. The Brooks were lighter and I felt the road more (in a good way). I loved the way they felt. The Mizuno’s felt like they had more padding, were heavier and, honestly, felt a little like orthopedic shoes in comparison to Brooks. Decision made!
Saturday morning I decided to try out the new kicks by completing Day 3 of Week 7. Again, jogging for 25 minutes. I don’t know if it was the cool weather, the new shoes or the awesome company I had with me, but the jog was DO-able!! No cramps (slightly in my right side at the very end… but not bad!) and I completed the 25 minutes without stopping!
We celebrated with a delicious Whole Wheat Arnold Breakfast Sandwich with peppers fresh from the plant on my porch, onions, spinach & nitrate-free bacon!
The foot fun didn’t stop there!
Have you seen these?
They are the new(ish) Vibram Five Fingers!
And they are AWESOME.
I know they look kind of silly and I was making fun of Hubbs for wanting to try them on, but we were in REI Sunday and decided to both see what they felt like.
They are so difficult to describe, but as soon as I slipped them on, I felt like an animal. I wanted to run and jump and climb on things. The hard rubber bottom protected your feet, but you felt barefoot at the same time.
I won’t lie…. we’ll most likely both own a pair in the future. You can hike in these bad boys. And learn to run barefoot, which is a quickly-growing trend. Plus… they feel AWESOME.
Don’t knock ’em til you try ’em 🙂
One last pic of my fam, because I love them so much for driving up to spend the weekend with us!
What is your favorite brand of shoes?
Have you tried out the Vibram Five Fingers?
What do you think about the barefoot running trend?