When I migrated to Altra running shoes in mid 2017, I did so out of curiosity and the constant nagging from ultra running friends telling me that once you go Altra you never go back. At the time I was running as an ambassador for New Balance. I was very happy with their shoes and didn’t see a need to make a transition, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
This first thing I discovered was just how comfy the toe box was, it was literally hard work for me to even touch the sides of my toes with the shoe. This gave me a lot more comfort right away during runs exceeding 50 km. The big difference came weeks after I started wearing the Torin – I realized that I wasn’t needing to roll my hips and I was feeling recovered overnight from a long run instead of days. I asked Brayden Hiltz (Altra rep) about this and he told me the reason for this is because of the zero drop. He explained that eliminating the heel lift and bringing it back down to where my heel prefers/needs to be upon impact changes the position and composition of my hips, back, sacrum and knees making it a more healthy position. Simply put, if my body is happy with the position of my joints and my soft tissue isn’t fighting against it, then the traumatic effects of running long are greatly diminished and recovery is swift.
Imaging running 108 kms a day, getting up the next morning and doing it all over again, and again, and again for 66 days straight. This would not be possible without these shoes.
The best part of being connected to Altra now is being apart of something truly cool. The good people at Altra Running Canada are more interested in getting runners back running, away from injury, happy and healthy instead of the big corporate shoe hype that is going around these days. Working closely with Frankie O’Brien, Canadian Sales Manager, reminds me that we are all a bunch of runners, doing what we love, and wanting the very best for other runners in our community.