learning how to run

I’ve been an athlete my whole life, but I’ll be the first person to say that I am a terrible runner.

I’ve never been particularly good at it,

and I figured that so long as I was swimming, it didn’t matter.

Fast forward 5 years post-college and swimming is a lot less convenient than running.

But when I run, I pretty much always end up looking like this:


^^^ holy death. image via Jordan Samuel Photography


I thought that by doing CrossFit, I could forgo running.

Well, I was wrong, and when I destroyed my knee, I learned really quickly that I had to make some adjustments.

I’m just barely getting back into running, and I have a little bitty goal of 12-15 miles a week.

As my knee continues to heal, I have to be careful and pace my progress.

This is not my forte.


I’ve come to the fact that I will never be a great runner, by Ryan runs all the time for PT and the Army,

so it’s something I’m passionate about doing with him.

We have a plan for 2014…

We are going to sign up for a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon.


Here’s the thing though…my shoes are shot, and while coddling my knee,

I have come to the realization that I desperately need new shoes.

My Saucony shoes are too heavy and cause wicked shinsplints, as do my Asics.

I’ve been running in my Reebok Nanos because they’re lighter and they don’t kill my muscles, but they obliterate my feet.


I put out a call for advice on new running shoes on Twitter, and I got some great advice.

I’ve narrowed it down to a few choices per the running store and some lovely runners who spoke up.


^^^ images via here. here. here.


The Free Bionic shoe is probably the most minimalist of the three, but I’ve heard great things about it.

The Free 5.0+ is apparently lightweight and flexible, plus it has great reviews.

The Free Advantage shoe is marketed as a trainer, but I know distance runners who swear by its lightweight fit.


When did running shoe shopping become so difficult?

It’s seriously making my head spin, and I really, really need new shoes so I can keep running.

Runners – or anyone for that matter – any advice about new running shoes for someone with a bum knee

and a history of wicked shin splints?

Also, have you tried any of these shoes?

I’m desperate!