Nike Air Zoom Hayward +3: Impressions

I picked up this pair of shoes a month ago when I couldn’t find a pair of New Balance 903s. Since I’m working on no landing on my heels, I needed a low profile shoe with a minimal heel. I noted the Haywards after some glowing user reviews on several shopping websites, particularly users who’ve run with knee pain in the past. After trying on the shoe in various sizes, I ended up buying the shoe a full size up (I have wide toes).

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Sunset Run

Been quite busy these past few weeks, but I did manage to make it to this casual run last week. The Sunset Run is a 5 mile fun run sponsored by Nike and Fleet Feet Sports. The run started at Fort Mason, ran to Golden Gate Bridge, and back again to the start.

Despite it not being a race, I was plenty nervous leading up to the run. 5 miles is the longest I’ve run since my surgery in March, and I wasn’t totally sure how I’d hold up. I started off tense and ready for the worst and about two miles in; when I was able to see the bridge through the fog, I was finally able to relax and enjoy the run. When I reached the halfway point, not only was my body not begging for a walking break, instead I felt stronger and ready to go faster. At finish line was plenty of free snacks and smoothies from Jamba Juice, we all got t-shirts for participating as well.

I made it the whole run without stopping, it’s not the biggest feat in the world, but it’s a personal victory after all the rehab and gait retraining. There’s another Sunset Run in September that I plan to participate in as well.

Gym Rundown

Because of a running injury, I had knee arthroscopy last March. The surgery was a success, but now I have to strengthen the muscles connected to my knee and do some general conditioning before I can get back in the running shoes. I normally exercise either at home or outside, but I feel that working out in a controlled environment during the rehab process is the way to go. With that in mind, it was off to find a gym.

Here in Daly City, CA, there are plenty of gyms within shouting distance: each with their own rates and perks. I was in no rush, so I decided to sample a few gyms before making a decision. I tried four gyms, 24-Hour Fitness, Fitness USA, Planet Fitness, and The Fitness Core.

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