Do You Remember Your First Pair of Running Shoes?
|Seeking Boston and the younger daughter of Seeking Boston, Nikki|
If you've been keeping track of the going's on around here, my daughter Nikki is jumping into that tenth race (REVEL Rockies) with Liam which will be her first half marathon. While she has good run genes from dad and her grandma, she's never done much more than a turkey trot or a Santa "fun run" with dad.
While my blog emphatically states, "I'm not an expert, nor a coach," I'm all she could afford so I've been promoted from dad to coach. I have to admit, I'm loving it, and it's inspiring to see someone so young with tons of energy, enthusiasm...and questions
I've built a coach-to-half training plan and we went out two weekends ago on our first training run together. Despite warnings, Nikki since realized that sleeping in and doing your (short) long run in the growing Denver afternoon heat is no bueno. After looking at her "beat to shit" high school tennis shoes (yeah...I used that word because they weren't running shoes) I determined, we're stepping up to a half and we needed to step up to some REAL running shoes.
I won't embarrass her with the treadmill video, but she did discover a new word called P-R-O-N-A-T-I-O-N which looks like broken ankles waiting to happen. This is after she slipped her one black and one white socket (she confessed she's behind in laundry) into three different "starter" running shoes at my local favorite running store, Runner's Roost. Our shoe professional (Brittany?) did a great job and we settled into a pair of ASICS Nimbus shoes.
Without throwing too much too quick at her, we added a pair of run socks from Balega (as her Pro Compression socks are on order) and some Nuun Nutrition. Coach Ty told her that you need to practice everything on race day on your training runs. So many more lessons to go...stay tuned...
For those that don't know Liam, I met him through IRun4 Michael which matches special needs individuals with runners. Liam suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, and scoliosis. He is blind, does not speak, and is confined to a wheelchair. Ty and Liam race together with Team Hoyt San Diego. More on Liam HERE.