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Posted on May 4, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts, Working Out | 15 comments

Shoe Dog

I know that it probably seems that lately every post I write is about my dogs but I swear that despite today’s title, it’s really about something else.

In fact, it’s about me having finally purchased new running shoes after Daxter decided to have one of my old ones for lunch. I know I said that I was going to get new shoes right away but… I didn’t. Clearly. Hahaha. So, without further adieu…

Feast your eyes on those puppies! The brand is Brooks, or something like that (can you tell I’m such a running shoe expert?) and I also got special insoles (but not the $70 custom insoles they were trying to sell me, at least!) I’m hoping that the monetary investment I’m making in some real, honest-to-goodness running shoes will help motivate me to, you know, actually continue running. Admittedly since my less-than-stellar 5K back at the end of March I haven’t been too motivated to hit the pavement.

I went to Road Runner Sports in Falls Church where I got analyzed by their Shoe Dog system (and there’s how we link this whole thing together — told you we’d get there!) It’s basically where they have you run on a treadmill and stand on a mat and do all these analytical computer-screen-y things to tell you how your body distributes your weight on your feet, and how high your arch is, all that good stuff.

According to Rich, the guy who was helping me out, I am a “classic pronater.” I’m not sure if that’s how you spell it, but he spelled it out for me (ha!) as I roll my feet in as I’m running. Apparently I land on the outsides of my feet and then roll inwards. Not uncommon, says Rich, but a shoe that is more stabilizing would be a good fit for me. I also apparently have very normal arches (perhaps slightly on the higher end of the moderate spectrum) and carry more of my weight on my right leg. Interesting, no?

Part of the free Shoe Dog analysis is also to mold custom insoles to your tootsies for extra support and whatever. Since I am obviously not a distance runner or anything here, I decided against getting the expensive insoles (for now, at least) and went with another non-custom kind. I figure I should make it as easy as possible on my feet considering how much I already hate to run, hahahaha.

After he finished my analysis, Rich emailed me my Shoe Dog results so I would have them on hand for future running shoe buying, I suppose. He then went to go fetch a few pairs for me to try on. I ended up choosing between a pair of Asics (my old brand) and the Brooks ones I actually ended up getting.

Hopefully it’s a winner! I didn’t have time to take them for a test run yesterday since I was meeting my friend Lizzie for dins (at Dogfish Head! Yum!) but I fully intend on taking them out on the road after work (and hopefully after the weather clears up — I heard it’s supposed to stop raining this afternoon, so here’s hoping!) I also signed up for the VIP Membership (I got 10% off plus an extra $10 off, so it was actually cheaper to get the $19.99 membership than not to!) which means I have a 30- or 90- or something-day window to return the shoes if they don’t work out, and a 30-day window to return the insoles. Sweet!

So that was yesterday’s adventure! I realized just recently that I have another upcoming 5K at the Fitbloggin’ conference at the end of the month (!!) so I really need to kick it into gear. It’s not an official, timed 5K or anything, but I would like to be able to at least restore my former non-walking glory. I’m not too worried about speed or anything — there are going to be runners galore attending this conference who will leave me in the dust (I’m looking at you, Anne!), I just want to be able to say I ran the whole thing again.

And just for old time’s sake (and in honor of the fact that at this very moment they are both at the groomer’s getting their egos shaved off):

Despite my best efforts, I guess everything for me still does come back to these darn dogs. πŸ™‚

Have you ever gotten a running shoe analysis? What brand of shoes do you run in? Do you have special insoles? I’m so interested in hearing all about what, y’know, REAL runners do!


  1. First off- I don’t believe there is a brand called “Roots” for running shoes, you mean “Brooks”. Doesn’t it say it on the box at least?! tsk. That’s the brand Anne wears. I’m glad you finally got a new pair and can start breaking them in! I did the running shoe analysis at Road Runners up here in Columbia but they didn’t email me my results or anything fancy like that!

      • I had a running analysis done at Road Runners and I did end up buying the fancy insert … my Physical Therapists scolded me BIG TIME for it because it’s completely messed up my gait. I have to go buy new shoes now or get a $300 orthodic. :-

  2. that is the pair that i have! (well i have both the red and the blue because i’m ridiculous) but i love them! i feel as though i’m putting my feet into pillows when i put them on! congratulations!

  3. Cooool, I’m glad you got that done πŸ˜€ I halped! I hope they turn out well, maybe motivate you a bit more πŸ˜‰

    My running shoes are Nike Pegasus, in simple grey trim. I wash and wax them once every few mont… wait, that’s my car. I had an impromptu analysis done by a guy at… Metro Run & Walk I think? The place has since disappeared from Falls Church, but the guy who did it was super nice and knowledgeable. No fancy equipment, he just had me run to the door, and walk around barefoot. I’m a neutral runner/walker (and proud of it?) and have relatively narrow feet so the Nikes fit me much better than my old NB. Actually, it’s probably about time to get some new ones…

  4. That’s so cool that you got your feet analyzed! I need to do that. My boyfriend mentioned to me a few weeks ago of this option πŸ™‚ I am due for new running shoes too!

  5. Congrats on the new shoes! I had a similar thing done over at Potomac River Running store in Tysons. I ended up with a pair of wide new balances and they’re awesome! Who knew sneakers can sometimes run narrower than regular shoes?!

  6. I have a pair of Asics and love them — and yes I need a stabilizing shoe too. I’ve never had an analysis like that, with a treadmill, only the “old fashioned way” (ha!) of walking back and forth while the employee watches me walk. Then I do things like squat, stand on one leg, etc and they determine what type of shoe will work for me.

  7. I’ve never gotten a running shoe analysis and as my mileage is picking up & I’m running outside more, I think it’s becoming essential. When my Nikes wear out (I’ve put like 185 miles on them, so I think they’ll be replaced in the next month or two) I’m going to make the investment. I’ve had some food & knee pain recently that could be related. Plus, my Nikes destroyed one of my toenails hah.

  8. I also had my stride “examined” at a running store. I don’t remember the details, but they brought out 3-4 pairs of shoes & I now run in Nike Pegasus, which I love. I don’t know if it’s the shoes or a mental thing, but now I run faster & further than ever before! (Of course my old shoes were OLD–like 7 years!)

  9. Those shoes are hot!!!

  10. That store sounds awesome- I’ll definitely want to go there myself the next time I’m in VA visiting my parents. I’ve had gait and posture analysis before, but I’m very intrigues by the whole custom insert business πŸ™‚

  11. I LOVE Brooks — I tried another brand once, and quickly came back to Brooks — they are fabulous!!!

  12. Thanks Thank-you for the great helpful comments.They are really superhelpful and I will begoing to letting others know what a greatspecific source of information it is
    Many lots of thanks


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