It's that time again: training season. Some of us have been running through the winter months, while others (ahem, ME) are just getting back into running after a season spent training my other favourite way: carb loading. It's time to get to work!
One of the best things about beginning a training regimen again is the way we feel after a great sweat session. It feels incredible to get out on the roads and trails after a few months off.
So WHY is it so hard to get motivated sometimes?! You know you're going to feel good, yet the inner struggle to get out from under the covers is mighty. Don't beat yourself up: even the most diehard runners have days where they struggle to get out the door.
We have good news: there is a way to motivate yourself that is good for both your body and your inner procrastinator. That's right...
YOU GET TO BUY NEW SHOES.
Who doesn't love fresh kicks? They look good, they feel good, and they put a spring in your step. The only tricky part is finding the pair for you. It really is worth taking the time to know your feet and find a store that specializes in running shoes so you get fitted with the right kicks - getting the correct pair for your feet will prevent injuries and provide optimal performance. In the spirit of training season beginning with a bang, I decided to wander around the office and ask my running buddies what shoes they love.
carlson, men's product storyteller
what is your shoe of choice? New Balance Minimus
how often do you run? I run frequently. (Editor's Note: Carlson is being modest. He is a running and cycling machine).
describe your feet: I have medium arches and a neutral foot.
why do you love these shoes? I prefer running in a minimal shoe. I like these because they promote a forefoot strike.
laura, photo & video producer
what is your shoe of choice? Nike Free Run 3.0
how often do you run? I run frequently - I wear these when I run up to 5 or 6 kilometres. For longer runs I use more structured shoes.
describe your feet: I have medium arches and I mildly pronate. Nothing too crazy.
why do you love these shoes? I like the minimal feel of these - they are super comfortable. They are definitely ideal for shorter runs.
rob, ambassador program specialist
what is your shoe of choice? Saucony Kinvara 3
how often do you run? Often (you might recognize these feet - Rob was our trainer for the SeaWheeze last year!) although right now I am injured - I rolled my right ankle playing dodgeball, hence me keeping my feet elevated. I hope to be back on the road ASAP.
describe your feet: I have medium arches and a neutral strike.
why do you love these shoes? They are very lightweight and promote a forefoot strike. They are my main shoe for training.
laura, senior vice president of brand
what is your shoe of choice? Nike Lunar Eclipse 2
how often do you run? I use these both for running and long walks.
describe your feet: I have narrow feet, medium arches and slightly pronate.
why do you love these shoes? These shoes are extremely comfortable. I have had lots of issues previously - a stress fracture, shin splints - and these shoes have given me zero problems. I love them!
matt, international operations specialist
what is your shoe of choice? Newton MV2
how often do you run? I am just getting back into running after some time off - I plan on doing two half marathons this year!
describe your feet: I have medium arches and narrow feet.
why do you love these shoes? Newtons are designed to promote a forefoot strike. These ones are designed with a more minimal structure.
You tell us - what shoes do you love to train in and wear on race day? Do you mix it up or are you loyal to the same pair time after time? We'd love to hear your thoughts...in the meantime, happy shopping!