Red-faced in a running store
April 26, 2012 1:44 AM Subscribe
I find the running shoes I picked up a year ago at a sale uncomfortable, even though I run regularly in them. So I've been thinking of going down to a speciality running store - but as a 10 km a week beginner, I'm pretty nervous and embarrassed. What should I expect?
posted by undue influence to health & fitness (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I like to run, and like many people find it stress-relieving most of the time. But I'd like to run in shoes that, well, pretty much help to make my run happy (like my since-retired older pair) and not make me feel like I'm battling them just to get ahead.
I'm also frequently guilty of buying things or abandoning purchases just because I feel uncomfortable with service staff or their questions. In particular I'm afraid that I'll feel judged for being a relative beginner and getting fancy schmancy shoes.
So - what might I expect there? Is it totally okay to run so little (with the intention of advancing) and invest in shoes? What will the staff ask, and what should I ask? (and might I have any luck at say, a Nike outlet, as opposed to a Real Running Store?)