Something cool arrived on my doorstep the other day...a care package from SofSole - makers of running socks, insoles and other accessories. SofSole had asked if they could send me some items and if in return I would review them on my blog. I'm not one to turn down free stuff, especially if it pertains to running, so I fell over myself saying "yes" while trying to to appear to eager.
The only product I've been able to try so far were the Anti-Friction performance socks. SofSole sent me two pairs of these babies. I ran ten miles in them. What I noticed most is that they kept my feet cool. The cushioning aspect was nice too. Very comfortable without too much bulk. I'm hoping to try the insoles soon. Thanks to SofSole for the great products!
I think my shoe dilemma has been solved. My friend Carolyn recommended a small running shop in Louisville, CO called Sole Pepper. The owners, Alan and Shayne Culpepper, are elite runners both having been members of the 2004 Athens and 2000 Sydney Olympic Track and Field teams. It was Alan who helped me today. He put me on the treadmill in a neutral shoe (twice) to see what my gait looked like. Turns out he could not see any pronation at all - different than what I had been told previously. This meant that I had been running in a pretty heavy shoe with lots of support I probably didn't need. I ended up with the Saucony Rides. They are so light and for once I'm excited to run in new shoes.
Funny part of the whole gait analysis was this: (I swear I can't do anything and not have some sort of incident). I'm on the treadmill - wearing a knit dress nonetheless (I didn't plan well for this shopping trip). I'm running along while Alan videotapes me. I'm only on there for 30 seconds, but in that short span of time, I manage to fart. Just a little "pop," but still I know the Olympian heard it. I will probably fart in my own casket. I just can't seem to control it.