Running shoes for under 35 bucks, yes it’s possible.

How many pairs of running shoes do you own?  More importantly, how much did you pay for each pair of them on average?  Don’t worry, I won’t judge.  I go through at least 4 pairs of running shoes in a year or more, probably more, and I spend at least 100 dollars a pair. 

The Sole Review website had a great article a few years ago that actually broke down how much those 100 dollar shoes actually cost to produce. 

You can read the full article by clicking here:
https://www.solereview.com/what-does-it-cost-to-make-a-running-shoe/

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why those shoes that cost only 38 bucks to manufacture end up costing 100 bucks by the time I buy them, but I also know that companies could find a way to sell the same quality of shoes for less but then again, why would they?  And even if they did, would you buy them?

Recently I heard about a company selling quality athletic apparel and shoes at very affordable prices online and in their store with a free one year return policy and free shipping over 50 dollars.

How could that be?  And my first thought was how could their products be comparable to some of the products that I buy regularly and spend 2-4 times more for?

Decathlon Sports is a French company that first tried to find a foothold in the American market back in 1999.  Without much success, they eventually disappeared sometime in 2006.  However, in December of 2017 they returned to open a store in San Francisco and recently announced plans to open a second.  With prices much lower than most of the major brands on the market today one would think they’d be able to corner the market but there will be skeptics too.  I mean, how is it possible to offer quality products at such a low price?

With basic running shirts as low as 5 dollars and running shorts starting at around 9 dollars, I think Decathlon Sports is worth a try.  I’m still trying to decide whether or not I’ll try the shoes, but at 35-75 dollars a pair, it’s probably worth a try at least.  You can visit the site at https://www.decathlon.com

What do you think?  Do you think inexpensive running gear can be comparable to the top brands on the market? 

Would you buy any of the products from Decathlon Sports?

Those holes in the toes of your running shoes and other tangents

Yesterday I took Hank to the vet again.  I had to leave him there for an hour and a half so that they could run some blood tests.  The vet said that he does not have pancreatitis but he does have hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.  It could have been caused by the antibiotic he was on after surgery or possibly the food I gave him to hide his pills in.  We are almost positive it was one or the other as we ruled everything else out.

Hank at the vet

Where is the nearest exit?

He seems to be doing better but last night as MacGyver and I were putting his pajamas on after changing his bandage we noticed a lump on his backend.  MacGyver feels positive it’s a hernia.  I’m not making any guesses, instead I’m just going to head on up to the vet again today because hey it’s been almost 24 hours and they probably miss us.

sarcasm

Anyway, I’m checking in today because I had a few things to tell you about.  First is this article about running shoes or more precisely holes in the toes of your running shoes.

holes in toes of running shoes

I have many pairs of running shoes that look just like that and by many I mean more than not.  I have always thought that it was either due to uppers that weren’t made well or my toenails were too long but this article from Another Mother Runner explains that there are quite a few reasons you could have holes in the toes of your running shoes and it was surprising to me that it could be due to something completely different than the things I thought caused them.  I found it extremely interesting and I wanted to pass it along.

Another article I read was in Shape magazine this month.  When it came in the mail I was perusing through the articles when lo and behold I saw an article title ‘The Super Nutrient You Need’ and it was all about magnesium!  Do you remember when I told y’all how magnesium has helped stave off migraines for me after my long runs?

Well, this article mentioned how you need more magnesium if you exercise a lot but it went even further and explained how you can figure out exactly how much you need.  It said you need around 310-320 milligrams of magnesium a day but if you exercise add 100 milligrams for every 45 minutes you exercise daily.  I tried to find the article online but was unsuccessful so if you would like to read it, pick up a copy of April’s issue of Shape Magazine.

One more important thing I’ve been meaning to mention, March is MS awareness month.  This is something close to my heart and I wanted to share this video with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday.

Do you take magnesium?

Do you know anyone who suffers from MS?

The first piece of the puzzle, new shoes!

Last year in late October and early November I had a scary incident involving my migraine medication which forced me to discontinue using it.  For the past few years I had been getting migraines after every long run, (as well as at other times), and I was desperate to find a way to run without suffering from the pain of those terrible headaches afterwards.

I like to think that I’m a fairly seasoned runner, I mean, I’ve been doing it for over 35 years now so I’m fairly confident in my abilities and I read everything that I can about the latest and greatest in running gear so I was surprised when my physical therapist told me that along with some other strategies I probably needed to change running shoes.

For those of you who don’t know, I also suffer from scoliosis too and the physical therapist felt that running in the shoes I had been running in for the last few years were contributing to the problem.  He said that when I got tired my hip would drop on one side therefore affecting my entire posture thus contributing to my migraines.

When I was given a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s in October in exchange for my review I added them to my rotation immediately.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

I hadn’t had a pair since the  Wave Rider 16’s and I loved those so I was really looking forward to trying the 21’s.  I’ve spent the past four months testing them in all types of weather, on different terrains, on long runs, tempo runs, and speed workouts and while I don’t use them for every run, they have become my long run staple.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

If you’ve ever worn the Wave Rider’s then you probably have a good idea of how they fit but if you haven’t I can tell you they feel snug but not tight.  The 21’s have a bit more room in the toe box which I really like.  It wasn’t lose and it wasn’t narrow either, more like firm but true to size.  I wear a 7.5 and they fit me perfectly.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The one thing that stood out for me as different from their other versions is how breathable the 21’s are.  It’s pretty hot in Florida and I need a shoe that can breathe, the Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s were awesome in that regard.  Since most marathon training takes place in the summer, these are my new go to shoes.

Wave Rider 21's from Mizuno

The Wave Rider 21’s are lightweight but provide all the cushioning need.  The embedded Wave plate adds firmness to the cushioning and this also makes the shoe supportive so you never feel like your landing on a worn out pillow.  These shoes guide your foot smoothly and efficiently from heel strike to toe off.  I feel like that’s helped me keep my posture in check.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

The Mizuno Wave Rider 21’s also worked well for me on tempo runs, progressive runs and during speed workouts but this shoe has become my go to for long runs.  I’ve already put over 300 miles on these shoes so I just purchased another pair in preparation for training throughout the spring and summer.

Mizuno Wave Rider 21's

While wearing this shoe isn’t the only change that I made to help with those dreaded long run migraines, it certainly has played a part.  I’ll be telling you about a few more things throughout the next few weeks as well.

Do you wear several types of running shoes or are you prone to just wearing one brand and style? 

When is the last time you had your running gait analyzed?

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Mizuno written entirely by me.  All opinions are my own.