Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WLJ: Dancing shoes ... oh, and the halfway mark!

A few weeks ago, I told you how excited I was to get my new Zumba shoes.  Yes, after just a month of Zumba, I could tell it was something I wanted to stick with, and I decided I needed shoes devoted to it. I consulted with a friend of mine who is a Zumba instructor and did some online research.  I read a lot of reviews and looked at a number of shoes. There are a lot of great options out there, but I ended up with these Ryka Transitions.

Aren't they pretty?

Now that I've used them for a few classes, I feel like I can share my thoughts on them.

Before I got my Rykas, I was wearing basic running shoes. They are great for other workouts, but not for Zumba. Running shoes are designed for traction.  That's not what you want when you're dancing. You want to be able to glide and pivot a little better. My Rykas have helped me do just that. The soles are smooth enough that I can do turns without worrying about messing up my knees or hips.

Also, the shoes are quite a bit lighter (because they're designed for dance), so picking up my feet for higher impact moves and jumps is a little easier. I didn't realize how "heavy" my running shoes were until I got the Rykas. Of course, this means there's not a ton of padding in the sole, but so far that hasn't been an issue for me. Even with fallen arches, this shoe provides adequate support.

Finally, the sole is really narrow, but that's typical of dance shoes. I was a little worried about that because I have a bit of a wide foot, and they tend to expand after I've been working out awhile (something I learned when I started running). I ordered a half-size larger (7 instead of a 6.5) because that was recommended by almost every review, and they're perfect.

Overall, I love my Ryka Transitions. They have made such a difference in my workouts. I'm not saying they made me better at all the tough moves (no shoe can do that ... ha ha), but they certainly made some of the moves easier. I've gotten plenty of compliments on them from the women in my Zumba class too, which is always nice.

With spring on the horizon, I've started my hunt for new running shoes.  I currently sport Nike Lunarglide 2s. I've had them for almost two years, so even though they still look great, they're probably close to the end of their mileage. I really liked the Nike shoes, so I'll probably stick with that brand. Plus, they sync with my ipod nano, which is a must for me.  The other criteria is bright colors. It's more fun to get out and run when my shoes are colorful.  I've done some online shopping, but haven't committed to anything yet. Here are a few of the ones I'm currently considering:
AirMax Tailwind 4
AirMax Moto 9
Free Run 2
Lunarfly 3

I can't wait to start running outside.  The dreadmill treadmill just doesn't do it for me.

Weight-loss goal: 40 lbs.
This week's progress: -2.8 lbs.
Progress to date: -20.6 lbs.
Non-scale victory: One of my goals this year is to run at least five 5Ks. Last night, I started scouting possible races online, and I think I can surpass that goal if I really want to.  I've found awesome race opportunities for April, May, June, July and September. I would really like to find one each for August and October too.  Who am I becoming?  Oh, that's right -- me. I'm becoming me. A more awesome me.

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  1. Mazel Tov on the weight loss! I'd recommend the Nike Free's - I was worried they wouldn't give me enough support, but my foot issues have actually disappeared since I started wearing them.

    You know, there are a ton of 5Ks in NYC...if you ever wanted to take a trip out here :)

    1. I'll definitely look into the Frees. :) And you have no idea how tempting a trip to NYC is. OK, so you probably do since you wanted to live there for a long time. I'm hoping to make it happen. I'll keep you posted.

  2. that's awesome that you bought shoes for zumba! I think when you find an exercise that you enjoy and actually devote money to it, you're more likely to stick with it. I tried Zumba but didn't quite get into it. I have however fallen in love with barre, and it's super expensive, but i stick with it! i am now in the midst of training for my half marathon and going to barre classes almost every day, so I'm hoping the pounds will start melting off!! and no more weekend calorie binges!

    1. I would like to try barre. When it's available near me, I will definitely check it out. Taking classes does cost money, but since I love it and I'm feeling better, I've decided to start looking at that cost as an investment rather than an expense. :)

  3. That's great. Maybe if I learn to love Zumba a little more, I will get some better shoes. My running shoes aren't really inhibiting kick boxing. Thanks for sharing. I hope you find somewhere pretty to run. That always makes it easier for me.


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