I remember working in my parent's ice cream shop one busy summer night, and overhearing my two Irish coworkers (we employed a good number of Irish students who came to work on Cape Cod each summer) talking about buying new runners.
Teenage Me: "What the heck are runners?"
Irish Lad & Lassie: "These", as they pointed to their feet.
Teenage Me: "Oh, you mean sneakers!"
Irish Lad & Lassie: "Do you sneak in them?"
Teenage Me: "No, you run in...oh."
Sneakers is indeed a silly term for shoes that you exercise in. I wanted to start a trend amongst my friends when I went back to school in the fall and call them runners, but I was no trend-setter. So sneakers they remained.
Fast forward to when I went to college in Ohio and people referred to their sneakers as
"running shoes". Well that's a weird term, thought College Me, but running shoes was better terminology than sneakers, though two words was a little much to say. Sneakers they stayed.
Then I met Phil. I heard him refer to his sneakers as "tennis shoes". Ummm, what now? I figured it must be a Southern thing. Phil reminded me that he is not from the South, and I reminded him that where he grew up in Maryland is indeed south of the Mason Dixon line, so look who snagged herself a southern gentleman now!
Later some coworkers from the midwest called them "Tennys" which is the slang term for Tennis Shoes, and apparently not a southern thing at all. But for reals...tennis shoes? Because who even plays tennis that often to have a pair of shoes dedicated to one sport? Excuse me, Andy Roddick, you are most certainly allowed, but personally, the most tennis action I see is when I mutter to myself "I get zero love" around here.
So sneakers they shall remain.
All that was to say that I need a new pair. I write too much.
When I was training for my very first half-marathon, I went to a sports store and the owner came out and watched me walk, looked at the insides of my shoes, asked me a bunch of questions about my training and form, and recommended these Saucony's:
I loved them so much and kept buying the same pair, in varying colors, every 6 months or so. Did you know that sneakers have a mileage life? I used to think sneakers were crazy expensive, but then I realized are so worth the investment because it's the only equipment you need to run and a good pair will protect your feet and knees, hips and back.
Speaking of knees, I started having some issues off and on with my knees and read about Brooks shoe designs and how many knee-pain-sufferers recommended them. So I tried this pair, and maybe it was just all in my head, but they did seem to help!
Matching sneaks! They weren't the prettiest pairs, but I had found a great deal and price > pretty any day. The same styles they make now are mucho bettero looking.
Recently I got this pair, an upgrade in the cuteness department, but I'm having some hip pain with my runs:
I'm not sure if it's possible that the sneakers are just not the best support for me (they are a little lower than I had been used to) and I've tried to stick with them but I think I need a new pair. I'm most likely going to go back to Sauconys, maybe this pair? I heard the 8's weren't that great but the 9's are sweet.
Does anyone have a good sneaker/running shoe/tenny/trainer suggestion for me? I'm all
ears feet :)