To start I am runner trapped in a big guy’s body. I am 6’2” and well over 250lbs, and this year that will change! Why do I mention this? Simply because I want you to realize I switched to Altras and I am not planning on switching back. If you are a big guy or gal, I bet one of the first running shoes you ever wore was a stability shoe, likes the Brooks Beast or variation of the kind. Trust me there are alternatives out there if you learn good form and technique.
So let’s take a look at my past year. My year really started a little over a year ago in February when I was recovering from foot surgery. Over time I developed capsulitis, and plantar fasciitis, and eventually they developed into a really bad hammer toe and a bunion on my left foot, which I had to fix with surgery. Prior to the surgery the only way I was able to run with the hammer toe and stay pain free was by wearing custom orthotics. So I had to have the surgery and looking back I think over the years having the wrong shoes on my feet may have been what really caused my issues. I was not able to run for nearly 5 months after the surgery and I wanted to run. With 2 screws now permanently in my foot, I missed running but was nervous about running again. I had all kinds of questions:
I needed help so as my recovery started I reached out to a good friend, excellent running roach and awesome trainer Jimmy Hart to get me started. The best part is I got reset everything and I could pick a new pair of shoes. Much to my surprise and dismay Jimmy talked me into wearing my first pair of Altra’s, Provisions. I practically laughed out loud when I saw these shoes. They looked too thin, no support, no wide sizes (I have always worn 4e running shoes) and this zero drop thing maybe it was just a gimmick. Then I put them on and the first impression was how comfortable this show was. I did not need the wide size and the foot shape really makes a difference. Then I went for a short run just a little under 1 mile, everything was great, including the shoes. The shoes really made a difference but I was woefully out of shape.
So Jimmy and I started slowly building my running back up again and we decided to set one goal. Run the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon almost a year away. The best part is that I got to run in several races during my training and all of them in my Altras.
Here is a quick recap of my running year
The year was a great year and a year of recovery that just amazed me. I did all my runs in Altras and have fallen in love with the best shoe on the plant. In the end I have learned two things. First off having a great pair of shoes on your feet makes a difference and learning proper form also makes a difference. For me Altra’s do both! A special thank you to Jimmy Hart for giving me the gift of running back in my life and for getting my first pair of Altras!
God Bless and drop me a line if you want to learn more about my story or go for a run! So what’s next for me? A Year of Losing Weight all in my Altra’s! Looking forward to writing that post!