It took me until Week 5 of isolation to reach utter boredom.
At first I didn’t really mind quarantine, I am a ridiculously busy person, juggling university, teaching yoga, blogging, gym, socialising – the list goes on! It was nice to have some guilt free down time. I had time to read books that weren’t on my course list, I could take my time over breakfast, I could have leisurely phone calls with friends and I could try new recipes that I just didn’t have the time for in pre-isolation life.
And, then the novelty wore off really, really quickly.
So, I have decided to start running. Well technically, I have started to run again. I want to be a ‘runner’. I want to have chats about shoes and energy tablets and splits and sprints. To start with, I’d like to run down the road at a medium pace and not feel like I want to throw up, but I’m sure my future holds marathon chat.
I used to run quite a lot. When my depression was at its worst, sometimes the only way I could get my mind to empty was to run. I found it really helped having to count my breaths and check in with my pacing and it was just refreshing to get outside, but I tried to start again last year and just ended up with various aches and pains. Knee pain, a sore hip, sore ankles, shin splints and it just felt detrimental to carry on.
Before starting again, this time I did my research. I had my current trainers for over a year and so many of my yoga students who are keen runners had reiterated how important good shoes were and I have a personal flaw of starting a new hobby and wanting to buy something, so I bought shoes.
In all honesty, I don’t buy clothes or shoes online very often. I think I just have proportions that make shopping online hard work. I’m tall for a woman, my feet are quite wide, my legs are very long, my chest is large so there’s always an element of my body that’s bound to trip me up when shopping online, so I always prefer to go to shops and try things on. Plus, we all know what the high street is like – you can be a different size in every shop! But, I was bored, everywhere is closed and I wanted to run so I figured I would risk it.
I knew I wanted Brooks after some Googling and seeing runners with sore knees rating that brand as one of the best for this, so I headed to the Brooks website to check it out… and it was overwhelming. There was a lot of choice; colours, widths, variations that I presume make more sense to the more experienced. I was starting to feel disheartened I would spend a chunk of cash on a pair that wouldn’t do me any favours.
Luckily, a couple of people recommended our local running shop – The Lincolnshire Runner. I dropped them a message on Facebook saying the sort of thing I was after and the issues I had and they were brilliant! Plus, hand delivered that evening and I love supporting local business.
I went for the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 in their amazing limited edition tropical print! I love bright workout wear. Taken directly from the Brooks website, these shoes have:
- Balanced, Soft Cushioning: Responsive BioMoGo DNA cushioning stacked above a soft DNA LOFT Crash Pad work together to provide a touch of spring underfoot while cushioning each footfall.
- GuideRails Holistic Support System: We’ve shifted our focus beyond the feet to the most injury-prone part of a runner’s body: the knees. GuideRails keep you moving comfortably by keeping excess movement in check.
- Modernised Fit: A new streamlined, engineered mesh upper with 3D Fit Print offers the structure and proven fit the Adrenaline is known for — without excess bulk.
At £108 they were significantly more than I would have paid for trainers (but they aren’t the most I have ever spent on shoes) but I figured they were worth the investment if they were going to help with my knee pain! I can wear them for the gym and I spend a lot of time in workout wear anyway, what with teaching.
So, today I put them to the test and I am pleased to announce ZERO KNEE PAIN. They felt super bouncy to start with and it took me a little while to get to grips with how springy they were, but it was so great to be able to run without having to be conscious my knees were going to start hurting, forcing me to cut my session short.
I definitely have a way to go before I consider myself a ‘runner’ and I definitely forgot how hard it was (along with dodging dawdling pedestrians) but I will keep you all updated!
Let me know in the comments below if you have taken up something during quarantine to keep busy or if you are embracing the chill life.
(All opinions in the post are my own and I have not been paid for it. I purchased the products with my own money)