I am happy to say that I got one of the biggest “To-Do’s” off of my list.
I have been running for a little over 6 months now, have a 5K under my belt and am signed up for two more, one of them this weekend! But I was running in the crappiest sneakers known to man. Seriously, I’m pretty sure I bought them during my junior year of college. 3 years ago. Not acceptable by any means.
So last weekend, I dragged my mom to the New England Running Company in Beverly, practically jumping up and down at the thought of finally getting legitimate running sneaks.
When I walked in, I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by all of the gear in the store. I’ll admit it – I felt cool. I felt like a runner who needs new sneakers in order to run correctly and safely and power through those races with a smile on my face.
The saleswoman was incredible. She had me walk back and forth through the store so she could see how I carry myself. When I first got there, I for sure thought I wanted Nike Frees because I’ve heard some good things about them. She told me that being a new runner and for working up to longer distances, that type of shoe wasn’t the way to go. She had me try on a couple different types but the first pair I tried, the Asics Gel Cumulus, were the perfect match.
Seriously, it’s like running on a cloud in these things.
So where does that leave me? I’m sorry to say that my 10K training has been postponed. I want to concentrate on the few 5Ks I have coming up without the added pressure to have to run more than the 3.1 miles. And to be honest, I’m scared.
Somewhere between the accident and now, I’ve put up a mental roadblock. Even running the 3 miles is daunting at times and I can’t imagine myself going further than that. Luckily, I did not end up registering right away for the 10K so no money lost but I am bummed. It’s still on my running bucket list for sure, along with even longer races, but for now, 5Ks are my thing.
I want to know… How do you get over mental roadblocks when it comes to running? Have you ever hit one? How do you just get through the toughest long runs without wanting to quit? Oh – and what are your favorite running sneaks?