The Kit Part 1

I used to wonder why they called your running gear your ‘kit’ and then I did my run yesterday and remembered; because sometimes it feels like you’re running over a battlefield, getting shot in the ass and everything hurts.

I don’t know what it was yesterday; I didn’t do a particularly hilly course, it was my normal distance, but it totally and utterly sucked. Granted there was a fierce headwind that was bringing tears to my eyes – even behind my sunglasses – and I’d stupidly gone out running slap-bang in the middle of the day, but still it sucked even more than all those things put together. At one point I didn’t think I’d make it home…but I did… and had a yummy turkey salad roll for lunch and everything was right with the world again. It’s a damn good thing I’ve got such a short memory!

So, anyway, my kit. Well, I’ve invested a bit of money in it since I started getting serious about this ‘running’ thing. I’m not sure whether having different gear has improved my running or not but at least I feel ‘the part’ a bit more…lol.

Let’s start with the shoes.

These are my new ones and old ones side by side.

You’ll notice that my old shoes have a grey-coloured bit on the inside sole. That is a specially hardened part to prevent your foot rolling in (called overpronating). Unfortunately, I have a foot that naturally rolls out, so those shoes were totally wrong for me.

Admittedly, I bought them mostly for walking and doing aerobics at the time and I was more concerned about cushioning so it probably didn’t worry me too much before, but still, it would have been nice to have been told that at the time I bought them – seeing as I did pay $199 for them.

It’s a bit of a long story about why I ended up with this new pair of shoes. I’d originally bought a top-of-the-line $229 pair of Asics Gel Nimbus Q110’s after angsting in the shop for about two hours and trying on just about everything they had. The next day I went out in them for a little walk and decided they were totally uncomfortable because they were too tight width-wise. So I took them back and spent another two hours in the store trying to find something I was happy with and these New Balance 1063’s were the only ones they had in my size and that felt like my foot wasn’t in a vice. So I bought them because they wouldn’t give me a refund, just store credit.

They’re not the latest or the best shoes and were only $99 (although looking at reviews online, they’re not too bad). With the remaining credit I invested in some skins compression tights (that I’d originally gotten free with the more expensive shoes but had to give back when I exchanged my shoes!) that I’ll talk about later on.

I’m reasonably happy with them though. They have ortholite cushioning and funky waffled sausaged shoelaces to stop your shoelaces wriggling loose as you run. More importantly they are nice and wide and I can spread my toes.

They also have a heel crash-pad to absorb impact.

Considering that shoes are supposed to only last about 800kms, it won’t be long before I’ll be investing in another pair I’m sure. Next time I’ll go to the New Balance store and look at their entire range. Apparently they are a good brand for people with fat feet like mine.

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