Jogging with my new shoes

I got lazy and decided that I didn’t want to drive for an hour to go buy shoes.  Instead, I exchanged the painful shoes for a couple of other pairs.  It took awhile to find replacement shoes though.  I tried on a few, jumped around like a crazy monkey, walked around and actually found two pairs so that I could wear them on alternating days.  Well, one of the pairs needed better arch supports, so I got a pair of replacement insoles.  Since then, I’ve walked, jogged and done aerobics in both pair, and both seem to be working fine.

Now for the awesome news: when I jogged around my neighborhood, I was jogging at about a 12 minute mile!  EEKS!  In the interest of full disclosure, I live on a flat street that connects a bunch of hills.  So my choice is to run up and down a flat street over and over and over and over…  or run up and down each hilly street and use my flat street to connect them.  As you can imagine, I’d get bored with just the flat street and the same houses all the time, so I run up and down the hills.

I’m not quite up to jogging all the way up each hill.  I can really only go 1/2 – 3/4 of the way up, so I walk the rest of the way up.  When I get to the top, I jog all the way down the hill to my flat street.  Keep jogging on the flat part, and jog at least halfway up the next hill.  I’m convinced those downhill slopes are what’s doing such wonderful things for my jogging time.  I won’t know for sure until later on this week when I find a flat-ish path to run on.

New Shoes

My last few jog/walks left me achy… and not in a good way either.  Ankle pain, inner shin pain, knee pain and a little bit of foot pain do not make me want to be the active person I know I am.  These new pains had been slowly coming on, and I’d been steadily ignoring them.  I knew that the pains just meant that I needed new running shoes but I simply didn’t want to spend the money.

Why is it that I can justify buying so many “throw away” objects, but I can’t justify spending $50-100 on my health?  Is there some little voice in the back of my head that’s telling me my health isn’t worth as much as my daily Starbucks?  And if so, why am I giving it so much power over me?  I’ll have to think on that and work towards understanding that it’s OK to spend money on fitness equipment I’ll use every day.

Either way, with these new pains ruining a perfectly good walk/jog yesterday, I broke down and went shopping for new running shoes.  Every website and blog out there says that it’s important to go to a running store to have my gait/stride/foot analyzed so that I get the best shoe for me.  But seriously?  I’m not driving for an hour to buy a pair of shoes.  No matter how much I love to shop, I can’t justify that length of a drive when I don’t consider myself a runner.

I went down to the local sporting goods store and tried on a bunch of shoes.  I decided that I wasn’t going to pigeon-hole myself into the cheapest pair I could find.  I’d go for the ones that felt the best, even if they weren’t the most affordable.  I found a pair that felt pretty good.   I walked around a bit in them.  Jumped a couple of times.  Walked around a bit more.  Tightened the laces.  Walked, jumped.  Tried on another pair. Went back to these ones.  I really liked the arch support in this particular style of Asics, and best of all, my legs/ankles/feet didn’t hurt!  I bought them and took them home.

This morning, I got up, put on my new running shoes and did a couple of sparkpeople videos.  My ankles started hurting towards the end of the first video.  I realized that my foot had slid around inside the shoe and somehow the arch support was nowhere near my arches!  *sigh*  this isn’t good.  So I’ll take them back on Friday and see if I can exchange them for another style or size, or just get my money back.

If all else fails, I could always trek on down to the running shoe store.

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