New Gear

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Something I never did in Dublin that I think would have helped my running, was invest in some new gear.  Of course at the time I was an unemployed student so I think it's totally justified that I didn't, but it became a top priority now that I'm planning on running a half marathon.

First on my list was new sneakers.  I took a trip down to my local running store where they did a gait analysis on me.  They have a machine that read the pressure points in my feet and judged my center of balance. After having me run around the store a few times they finally decided that I had a good center of balance, good arches, even weight on the balls of my feet, a little more pressure on the heels, and I  have a slight overpronation when I run.  I kind of thought I overpronated but it was good to hear it from a professional and it was even better to hear their recommendations for sneakers.

After trying on several pairs I decided on the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9.

I will admit that I do not know a lot about running sneakers but I've heard enough about the brand that I think I made a good choice.  I also took them out for a test run and they felt great.  I'm looking forward to many more runs in them!

The person working there (who was very helpful!) also introduced me to a lot of the different energy snacks that I should start testing out for the race.  I didn't want to buy too much because for the next few weeks I'm only running 5 miles max, but I did leave with two packs of these delicious treats.

I may have tested one as soon as I stepped out of the shop.  I haven't tried the cherry but the pink lemonade was delicious.  I will hopefully be able to save them for my longer runs to see if I notice any bursts of energy!

After spending a small fortune there, I made a quick stop into Target.  I wanted to find some things for my niece but instead I bought myself a few new sports bras and a new workout top.  Sorry, Niece. I'll get ya next time!

Overall it was a great shopping trip and I'm very eager to get out there and try everything out.  

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