Despite the fact that I’ve been mostly silent on the matter, I am still training for my second 5K. It’s just a little over a month away!
I touched on my biggest running news in my last post on the subject. I had a lot of trouble with lower back pain almost immediately after starting with my beautiful new running shoes. Since the problem didn’t go away, I took my shoes to the speciality store where I bought them to see if they could help fix my issues. When the salesman this time around saw my new shoes, he couldn’t figure out whey they had sold them to me in the first place. My new shoes had significantly more arch support than my old shoes (which never gave me problems), and that new arch support hurt my back. I went through the whole rigamarole of testing out three more pairs of running shoes before settling on a pair of New Balance Barringers.
I actually was between this pair and a pair of Nikes. Both of the shoes felt the same on my feet, so I went with the New Balances, assuming that since New Balance never struck me as quite as “big name” of a brand as Nike that they must be cheaper. Unfortunately I was wrong–these shoes were actually $10 more than the Nikes (didn’t find that out until the shoes were rung up…bummer). These shoes are a dream, though. They’re light, comfortable, breathable and, best of all, have not given me one bit of back pain. Yay!
I also have to say that I was beyond impressed with the service I got at the specialty store. The specialty store I shop at has multiple locations all within about an hour of each other. I bought the shoes one location and brought them in to try to figure out my back problem at another. The second location took my original pair of shoes back without any trouble. I didn’t have the recepit. I didn’t have the original box. I had probably put between 10 and 12 miles on them. The store still took them back and used the amount I paid for them as credit towards my New Balance shoes. That’s some pretty awesome service if you ask me.
I’ve got to be honest: I’m not really feeling the Couch to 5K plan as much this time around. I think my problem right now is the fact that I’m in the run/walk stage of the training plan when I just really want to run. I’ve also had a couple uncomfortable encounters on my past few runs, including being followed by a vehicle until I came to a place where I could easily cross and they couldn’t, and that’s been bringing me down. Hopefully those issues will go away soon, though. I’ve joined the running club at my school so from here on out I should have company while running, which I think will make things better. I’ll keep you posted!
Do you like running alone or with other people?
Which do you prefer: speciality stores or larger chain stores?