Running Towards Spring…

As I sit at my kitchen counter, cozied up to a nice big cup of coffee on a snowy Saturday morning, I find myself thinking ahead to Springtime.  True, it is March 17 and there is an abundance of heavy, wet snow coming down on the back lawn, but I can’t help it.  Spring has always meant for me a time of renewed energy, increased outdoor activity, and more daylight after work or school with which to enjoy life.

I ran my first “Lake Sammamish Half Marathon” last Saturday, and that was all it took for me to start thinking about more weekends outdoors, whether it be running or even just puttering around in the garden with my three kids.  If you are a walker or runner, the East Lake Sammamish Trail travels along the entire eastern side of Lake Sammamish, connecting Lake Sammamish State Park with Marymoor Park.  It is a combination of gravel and paved sections, with great views of the lake.  This trail was the main path of the half-marathon course, and I highly recommend it.  Don’t forget your Discovery Pass if you access it via the State Park!

If you are like me, it is also time to look for a new pair of running shoes.  I always enjoy starting with the Runner’s World seasonal shoe guides to get a good overview of what is available in my shoe category (Stability) and price range.  Check out their Spring Shoe Guide for 2012.  I personally have always like Asics, but every foot is a little different, so finding the shoe brand and model that is best for you is the most important.  See a podiatrist if you have questions about your foot type.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  -Dr. Jennifer Saam