The winter blues are still running a muck here on the East Coast. There's is icy on the ground and it is making it incredibly difficult to get out and enjoy anything. As a result, I spend a good bit of my break time at work browsing the internet looking for things that interest me. In a new little segment I'd like to try out, here are three of my favorite things I have found this week:
A few years ago when I started getting active again I wanted to try out some minimalist shoes. I'm one of those people who hates wearing shoes when I don't have to and would prefer wandering in a good pair of flip flops, so it's no surprise when I started running that I wasn't favoring the popular 10mm drops in the Nikes and Hokas I was trying on in the shops. Being that I have a foot the size of an average eight year old it is always hard to find shoes to fit me, especially sport-specific shoes.
I ended up messing up my foot when I started running (probably from having to wear kids shoes), wound up in therapy, and as I was starting to run again a few months after that I started incorporating a few miles a week in a pair of Vivobarefoot shoes I grabbed off of Amazon.com. I purchased them mainly because they were my size (Size EU 35) and I could also use them comfortably in my toe clips while riding my bike (so if I could not necessarily "run" in them, I at least could wear them for something else).
The shoe really forced my feet to work, which was beneficial because you need to work it like any other muscle to prevent injury. I'm naturally a mid-foot-ish (i.e. not a heel striker nor a tip toe runner) striker, so they worked out perfectly for me. Now that I am trail running a little more this season, I have been buying trail shoes to experiment with, but I also want them to work for day to day cross training as well. The hubby got me an awesome pair of Newton trail runners for Christmas, but I wanted to start researching some other brands and styles. They seem to run larger than expected (although I see a lot of people posting that theirs are cut small). I expect that this is because there are trail shoes and constructed differently, however, they fit like a 36 on me, which is fine because I like/am used to having room in my shoes. They are very nicely made, sturdy, and quite comfortable, enough to allow for daily and multi-sport use. The lugs offer a nice grip and quick ties are convenient. I haven't taken them to the trail, but found that when the snow started pounding down a few weeks ago and I was sent on a rush errand at work (meaning that I had to run), I had absolutely no problem sprinting in the slick streets, a +1 in my book.