I took it upon myself to write about some thing that is relevant to me and that I am passionate about.
I am a runner who is female, over 40 and over 150lbs. (or 68.04 kg). Normally I would never admit any of this except my gender, but I have to make my point. Since I started running in High School, I have noticed that running shoes were made for lighter runners, of which I was one. As I got older, taller and heavier, I noticed that my running shoes are almost disposable. I ran approximately 3 or more miles each time I went out for a run. I was constantly training for some race.
At my heaviest when I ran, I was 280 lbs. (127.01 kg). I was running about 30 to 40 miles a week. My heavy duty running shoes, which were supposedly made for heavy runners (I was never sure if the heavy was in footsteps or in weight) used to run down on me about ever 2 months. I ran about 4 – 5 times a week on the average. I was buying running shoes like candy. Some would last 3 or 4 months but that was all I could get out of them. My new strategy was to switch to cheaper shoes and buy a few to see if I could let them last longer.
This lasted up till today. I am looking for new running shoes and I am not happy about the choices. I can tell you that they do not make many shoes that suit the “heavy” runner. What do companies expect us to do? Do you want us to make our won? Trust me if I knew how I would at this point.
I am not overweight by any stretch of the imagination, but I need highly cushioned running shoes as I run on pavement or roadway. “Well, run on dirt,” some of you are probably saying. To which my reply is, “No.” “ Running on dirt makes my joints in my hips and other places hurt. “ Pavement or roadway is better and closer to my racing surface. This still leaves me with a problem. My running shoes are not made as sturdy as the older discontinued models.
Many years ago, I started with Nike running shoes, which seemed to be made for lighter weight runners, as my feet hurt after running. I could not find a pair that would work for me and not fail during my 3 – 4 times a week running schedule. I moved on to New Balance shoes a few years after, but they were very heavy and clunky to run in and the lighter models were easy to break down. But what I have to say about them is that they held up during my marathon training and beyond. The current versions of New Balance look sleeker so they may have the same issues that I have with my current pair of shoes.
Currently, I wear Adidas running shoes. They were great because they seemed to be sturdy and they lasted for about 8 months. This was great and it meant that I did not need to buy running shoes but once a year. My current situation demands more cushioned shoes that are not minimal and will withstand the beating that I will give them during my training season. I bought a pair of running shoes that are not as robust as I thought they would be. I think they are fine for now, but in a month or two I will be changing them out for new ones. Even the tongue of the shoe, which formerly was cushioned, is not. This gives me a bad feeling about these shoes.
Possible solution to all of this is custom running shoes except that they will cost over $300.00. It may be worth it, if it will save my joints and feet so I can live to run another day.
I would give anything to design my own. Heavy Runners UNITE!
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