I got to work today and realized that there was an all-company meeting scheduled during my regular weight watchers meeting. A departmental meeting right after means I won't be able to make the noon meeting either. Huge bummer, because I am really looking forward to weighing in today! So I'll be heading to the clinic to weigh-in without a meeting later this afternoon. I'll post my results then. In the meantime, let me tell you about last night...
So for the past few weeks I've had some pain on the outer edge of my left foot when I walk and run. I've also noticed that my feet get pretty stiff when I go from sitting to walking and it takes a good 20 steps before they loosen up. I was pretty sure it had something to do with my 6-year-old tennies and the amount of running I've been doing. Then, about a week ago, Pete and I were picking up some Chipotle (Barbacoa burrito bowl for me with rice, pinto beans, corn salsa, lettuce, sour cream and no cheese--12 points!) and we saw that there's a Running Room store in the same strip. After puppy kindergarten and dinner last night, I grabbed my old shoes and moseyed on over.
The sales people were super friendly and expressed pure horror at the idea that I've been running in my shoes. They had me take off my shoes, roll up my pants, and walk for them so they could assess my gait (I overpronate, which means my feet roll in too much). They also looked at the wear pattern on my shoes, pointing out that they are completely collapsed on the insides.
|You can kind of see how my shoe collapses inward here|
|See the inside wall of my shoe hanging over the sole?|
I tried on three pairs. The first ones, Asics, were insanely comfy--like walking on a cloud. The second pair, Brooks, were still comfy and felt beefier. The third pair, Sauconys, felt roomier and squeaked when I jogged to the other end of the store to test them out.
I decided to go with those because they're wider than the other two. I get foot pain when I go ice skating, snowboarding, rollerblading, and when I wear certain shoes. I thought it was because my feet are wide, but the salesman last night said that my feet aren't actually that wide--they're just shaped weird so that my foot doesn't taper as much as the normal person's; they stay wider closer to the heel. So a lot of pressure gets put on the middle part of my foot. Inneresting!
|The Sauconys are much wider at the narrowest part than my Nikes were!|
Anyway, I was afraid that the shoes were going to be very expensive, since I was at a specialty store. And truth be told, some of the prices I saw on the shoe wall were preetty high. But I told them my budget, so they tried to stick to the more affordable shoes and those on sale. And the manager gave me my Sauconys for 20% off. How nice! They've definitely earned my repeat business!
I was so excited to take these babies out for a spin that I decided to run this morning even though I never have time to run on Wednesdays. I figured if I woke up at 5am, I could get my run in and still be off to work by 7. But when I woke up at 5:30, I realized I'd forgotten to bump my alarm back a half-hour. I was so frustrated, but I decided to be stubborn and still run anyway. I figured I could run one of my favorite routes in 20 minutes, so I set out. It took me about 10 minutes more than I thought it would, but I still made it to work on time (actually, about 10 minutes late, but no big deal). And my run felt amazing! I had no foot pain, until I took those shoes off and started walking around the house in my socks. I did seem to get winded earlier, so I think the shoes force me to use my leg muscles more, which is just fine! They may be ugly as sin (don't they remind you of a comic book?), but they're comfy as hell!
Adding these shoes to the running gear I picked up with my birthday money a few weekends ago, and I'm set!
|In compression capris (this shot was taken before I got the new shoes, obvyusleh)...like my Echo Park Elementary T-shirt from 1995?|
By the way, I have a Cosmo running story to share:
On Monday, I couldn't bring myself to run in the morning (too tired), so I decided to go after work. I invited Pete and Cosmo along, figuring that since it's hard for Pete to keep my slow pace, he could run ahead with Cosmo, then walk, then run, etc. It all went according to plan at the beginning. We took my favorite route (out to Wescott, down it, and back). When we approached the corner of Lexington and Wescott, Pete ran with Cosmo up a hill to a field high above the sidewalk. I figured they'd cut across the field, and then meet me, but when I rounded the corner onto Wescott, they were nowhere to be seen. I kept running, thinking I'd run into them, but I didn't see them again until I turned up our street, where they were walking back my way. Turns out once they got up on the field, Cosmo flopped down and refused to move. Pete tried and tried, but Cosmo wasn't budging, so he scooped Cosmo up and carried him home. Pete said that when he picked up Cosmo, Cosmo gave him a look that said, "MY HERO!" :)
And some pics of the cutie...
|His markings are starting to look really cool! Pete and I love the dark stripes on the sides of his neck!|
|He chewed up his Rabies tag the day we got it because he likes the grunge look. Kids.|