I am so excited to be contributing to the Sport Chalet blog and have you all follow along as I train for my first marathon. Earlier this year I decided that I needed to get back to taking care of me. I, like so many women, wear many hats throughout the day: wife, mom, career woman, friend, etc. Somehow there never seemed to be enough time for myself, and that’s when I decided to look for a marathon to train for and carve out some “me” time.
I have run a half-marathon before, but decided I wanted to do something I’ve never done before and train for a full marathon. I saw that the Nike Women’s Marathon was happening in San Francisco in October and decided to put my name into the lottery. When I signed up it didn’t even cross my mind that I might not get in, so I started training as soon as I put my name into the lottery. Something inside me just knew I would make it, and I did! As a new marathoner I am learning as I go and look forward to sharing the tips and tricks I learn.
Working with Sport Chalet has been an amazing experience, with great perks in helping me train like getting to try out new products. One of the first products I received was a pair of the new Adidas Springblades. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the soles were made up of 16 individual “blades” instead of a solid sole like most running shoes. These blades are to help propel you forward with each step. I loved how lightweight the shoes were as well as the color combo. They’re pink, one of my favorite colors! When I first tried them on I was surprised how well my heel fit in the shoe. I have narrow heels and this is always a problem area for me with slippage. These shoes run big, so I would suggest sizing down at least a half size. I went down a half size, but feel I could have gone down a full size as the top part of my foot would move around when I was running, because I had extra room in the toe box. It was a very roomy mid-foot and not as snug of a fit as I would like. Though I was surprised again at how well my heel stayed in place while running. I did notice extra “bounce” from the blades while running, but since the front of my feet were moving around it seemed to slow me down overall. I am happy I was able to try the Springblades as they are definitely statement shoes. I would recommend these shoes for short runs.