A New Spring In My Step

The other day I did my mileage for the month and realized that it was far more than I had thought it was.  Like nearly 100 miles more than I thought I had done!  I have been waking up with a touch of an achy heel, which means I need to be on the look out for the onset of plantar fasciitis.  It was then that I realized it was time to get a new pair of shoes and retire my SuperFeet for a brand new pair as well.

I headed over to Jack Rabbit to check out shoes.  Normally I order them on zappos.com because I get free overnight shipping and you can’t beat their prices.  But I figured that with the way my feet were feeling I needed to bite the bullet and get a new pair of shoes right away.  As luck would have it, they had several pairs that I liked and the prices were comparable to what I would have paid online.  They are also super helpful and knowledgeable.  If you are in the NYC area I highly recommend their store.


*(Side note: that gash you are seeing on my leg is from dinner the other night.  When we finally were seated I walked my shin right into the side of the bar.  It hurt so bad I almost fell over.  My husband didn’t see me do it but noticed tears in my eyes as we sat down.  I couldn’t believe it when I pulled my pants up and saw that it was bleeding.  Lack of coordination?  Check.  Still there!)

Am I the only one who feels like a born again runner when I go out for my first run in new shoes?  I swear it felt like I had a new spring in my step.  Funny because the weather on Thursday was so gorgeous here I felt like spring had finally arrived.  The combination of the onset of spring (minus the cold rain when I finally got out to run) and the new shoes made my run feel…well the only word I can use to explain it is GLORIOUS!

Nothing makes me feel like a new and refreshed runner like a new pair of shoes.  They just make my feet feel like they can go forever.  Get me a pair with fun new colors and I am ready to go for hours.  I took advantage of this feeling and did a nice 8 mile tour around the East River and Randall’s Island.  I love a good rainy run and my perfect timing left me cruising past a bunch of exciting high school lacrosse games that were going on.

I mentioned before that I have been known to carry some interesting things on my runs.  Well we are unpacked and happily in our new temporary apartment.  Halfway through my run I decided that it bugged me that we only have sheets on our bed and I figured something more substantial would help me sleep better.  So I swung by a discount bedding store I knew about, picked up a blanket and a comforter and finished the last 1/2 mile of my run with both in hand (or arm, or chest, or wherever I kept shifting them).   I figured I would get some funny looks by doing this but I realized that people are always rushing and running around carrying something here.  I probably just looked like any other hurried New Yorker and not even a runner.


Does anyone else love the way a new pair of running shoes feels?  Anything else get you super excited for a run?



33 thoughts on “A New Spring In My Step

    • I feel the same way about old running shoes. I even like watching them as they wear out and hate parting with them. But I love that there is a woman collecting our old shoes up in MA for the marathon start. I think that is a great place to pass them on or to your local running store for those in need.

  1. I love the smell of new running shoes, not because of the smell of the old ones, but I guess the anticipation – Mizuno shoes of around 10 years ago were the best

  2. I always know when it’s past-due (read: time) to get new shoes when i get achey knees and heels!! And yes, same “spring in my steps”–and feeling stronger with new shoes!! I think it’s time for me!

  3. I hate new shoes. Feet hurt a little worse when breaking them in. I had a pair last year that just didn’t break in very well and developed foot pain on my first long run with them (turned out to be posterior tibial Tendinosis). Took all year to recover. What finally helped was running in my oldest and most beat up running shoes. At most of my events last year, I was running in shoes with holes in them!

    • What a huge bummer. So sorry to hear that but I can see how it might happen. Last year when I switched to new shoes while training I had awful trouble with my toes going completely numb about 2 miles into every run. It was awful. I then learned to switch back and forth between shoes to avoid that problem again with new shoes. Glad to hear you found a solution.

  4. Enjoy your new shoes! And yes love that feeling of fresh, airy new shoes!
    LOL to buying stuff on your runs… stores are not usually open when I run, but it sounds pretty convenient to combine two of my favorite activities.

  5. Running in that blanket you bought would be enough for me! I’m about to have a read through your recipes, see if I can rustle up something edible for lunch…just for once! Really enjoyed this post!

  6. I like week-old running shoes. Got a new pair this weekend and loved them at first but cut my run short yesterday because my heels hurt. But by the end of the week, they should be perfect. 🙂

    • I am so with you on this one. While they do feel awesome, my toes often go numb for the first few runs as I break them in. It is a horrible feeling. But a week later we are best friends.

  7. I totally know what you are talking about! When I get a new pair of running shoes and that first run with them, I always feel so invincible! I feel like I can conquer the world 🙂

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