Today’s topic for Tuesdays on the Run is Treadmill Running. I’m going to let Patty from My No-Guilt Life and Erika from MCM Mama Runs and the rest of our great bloggers tackle that topic because I just absolutely refuse to step foot on a treadmill. I’ve tried and I just cannot stand it for more than fifteen minutes! Maybe I’ll learn something from the rest of you that will help me figure out how to tolerate it for longer than that.
I was given a free pair of Airia running shoes a few months ago to try (I received no other compensation and of course my opinions are all my own). The company claims that the Airia One helps 8 out of 10 runners run faster regardless of their current level or running style. Before I tell you my experience, I’ll share some information from Airia about their shoes and how they are designed to make you run faster.
So, how did I like them? It’s funny, but they made me both faster and slower and I think it’s because they are not designed for walking. I wore them for a run that included some walk intervals and I noticed that as I started running each five minute run interval, I started off a bit slower than usual. It seemed to take more effort to get my pace up to my normal speed at first. However, once I got some momentum going (after about a minute or two), I seemed to be running faster with no extra effort. Then when I stopped for a walk interval, not only was my walk interval kind of uncomfortable, starting to run again involved the same minute or two of slower ramping up and then faster times for the last part of the run interval.
It almost felt like once I got moving at a good clip, these shoes helped keep me moving faster than normal. But it took a little while to get my speed up to that level. Overall, my times on the runs I wore these shoes for were pretty close to normal, but my speed was much more variable during the run. I definitely think they would be worth a try for anyone who does not use walk intervals, especially for shorter races.
I’m used to a wider toe box from my Altra Torins, and while these Airia shoes look different, they do have a generously sized toe box as well, so they were comfortable. I didn’t notice any unusual aches or pains during or after the run either. I am going to stick with my Altras for now, but I am definitely going to give the Airias another try later this spring in some shorter speed work and races. I’m thinking about using them for the Melon Run Three Miler this July because I don’t do walk intervals at that distance and I really want to get a PR in that race.