It turns out that Michelle lives about 20 minutes from me, so I volunteered to join her (and paparazzi her!) while she got fitted for a new pair of shoes at Track Shack.
Michelle has been training in not-so-ideal shoes that have hurt her feet, ankles, and shins – so I was VERY happy to hear that Muscle Milk Light was hooking her up with a gift card to a local running store – and everyone at Track Shack did a great job helping her. (Dear Track Shack – I <3 you!)
We got there around 5:30 and Judy steered us towards Ryan — shoe man extroirdinare.
Michelle asked me if it was a good idea she brought the shoes she was currently training in – and I said DEFINITELY, YES. So the first thing she did was show him her shoes and he checked out the soles for wear. He then had her walk in a straight line and balance on one foot – checking for pronation.
He also measured her foot – before disappearing in the land of shoes to pick out a few styles that he thought would be right for her.
Michelle tried on about 7 pairs of shoes and tested out (by running up and down the hallway) 4 of them.
Ryan was awesome. He showed her pointers for lacing her shoes as well as providing advice on a correct shoe fit. Oh, and he also laced up her shoes for her.
The GREAT news is that Michelle found a pair of shoes that worked for her. The bad news is that they did not have the width of the shoe in stock, so they had to order them for her and she left empty handed. Woomp woomp. They promised to call her once they came in – and she didn’t need to buy them until she knew they fit correctly (<–the sign of a good shoe store).
The shoes she picked?
The Brooks Addiction 10.
She ended up picking them up today — and they are ready for long run this weekend! I am so happy that she found something that makes her feet (and knees and shins!) happy. I was also extremely grateful to have this experience. One of the BEST things about the running community is the support you get from other runners and I can only hope that I am passing on this support! It’s awesome to talk to people (newbies and experienced!) about something you love and that is definitely something we were able to do while at Track Shack.
Best of luck to Michelle with her training — I can’t wait to see her in Amelia Island for race day, if not sooner!!