I got a brand new pair of runners this morning, a pair of Saucony Hurricane 15’s.
In April I decided that if I was seriously going to start doing more lengthier runs I needed to get a pair of shoes that were properly fitted to my feet as well as my running needs. I was one of those people that walked into Rebel Sport and went “They look good and they’re under $100” and walked out with them, I never thought much about how they affected my running.
After talking with my parents about what they could give me as a birthday present we came up with a deal, they would pay $200 towards a new pair of properly fitted runners.
I LOVE The Running Room! Absolutely love them, they do amazing things when it comes to making sure you get the right fit. They have a video stream that is attached to a treadmill so they can record your running technique and see how you feet land with your stride and how much support you require in your shoes. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour but they make sure that you are happy with your purchase. After all the different views and measurements I choose a pair of purple ASICS that felt really light and really good to run in.
But in the last couple of weeks as we’ve increased our distances to 10km + (11km, 13km, 17km) each Saturday I’d find that I was getting really sore muscles on the inside of my calves as well as pretty damn impressive blisters on my right foot on the side of my heel where the insole joins to the side of the shoe.
I went in to talk to the people in The Running Room to see if there was a solution for my problem - maybe different socks, taping, blister covers etc. but instead the guy got me to jump on the treadmill and had a look at how I ran in the shoes. It turns out that my running style has changed since April so much that my right foot was rolling in significantly to the point where the guy could spot it straight away. As he started to bring out boxes of shoes to try on I made sure to mention that I didn’t have the money to buy another pair. He just nodded and continued on passing me different pairs of runners to try on. After five pair it was easy to tell that the Saucony’s felt the best with my running.
He then asked me to hand over my ASICS and then gave me the new pair to put back on.
THEY SWAPPED THE SHOES FOR FREE. He happily traded the ASICS that I’ve been running in for the last 4 months for a brand new pair! Because as he said “there is not much point having a pair of runners that give you pain” and “what good would we be if you weren’t a satisfied customer”.
I swear this is the best service I have ever received! It is defiantly worth the extra $$ for the peace of mind and great service. If you need new runners go and check out The Running Company!