You guys are probably just about as sick of me talking about my injury as I am of having it. BUT guess what?! I learned something new on Friday that could explain a lot about why this happened to me in the first place and also that made me look pretty stupid at the running store.
According to a doctor and the first guy who did a gait analysis on me last summer I am a severe over-pronator. This was confirmed – or so I thought – by the way every pair of shoes I’ve ever owned would wear on the inside edge and the way my feet would blister when I ran in my old Sauconys. I took this knowledge with me when I visited my most favorite store, Charm City Run, on Friday for a little retail therapy. My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks and as I mentioned in my Friday Five, I really, really wanted to try on a pair of Mizunos.
I told the super friendly salesperson what I knew about my feet and she watched me do some hobble-walking around the store to get an idea of the best shoes to pull for me. Then she told me something that I was totally not expecting to hear…
I don’t over-pronate.
At least not as much as I thought I did and definitely not enough to warrant being in a shoe that supports that. Which the Brooks GTS13 is. I pretty much had to pick my jaw up off the floor. This would be the part of the story where I started feeling like a total bonehead. I’m even a little embarrassed to admit on here how dead wrong I was about the feet that are attached to my own damn legs, although I guess it’s not exactly my fault. I was just going off what I was told.
So basically it’s amazing that the issue I’m currently experiencing with my ankle and calf didn’t happen sooner because the shoes I’ve been running hundreds upon hundreds of miles in were actually over-correcting my feet; unnecessarily forcing them to roll out and putting a bunch of undue stress right on the areas where I’m in pain now.
I put on a pair of Waverider 17s and it was like a Cinderella moment without a bunch of singing mice. I never considered my Brooks to be heavy until just then. There is an area of support in the shoe that sits directly under where the pain had originated in my foot. These were exactly what I needed and it was the probably one of the easiest purchase decisions I’ve ever made.
I am not one to wear running shoes when I’m not out for a run, but I rocked my Mizunos all weekend, trying to get them broken in a bit before I take them on their maiden voyage, which could be as early as today. I’ve got another appointment with Dr. D this morning and I’ll have to see what he thinks. I’m feeling pretty good pain-wise and even got a brisk walk in with my Betty yesterday because running or not, I was not going to let 60 degrees go to waste.
My Garmin has missed me so much I figured I’d wear it just for funs.
Today I’m super excited and also a little nervous because I’m being interviewed for a cool podcast tonight! The Lifestyle Accountability Show talks with bloggers about a variety of different health and fitness related topics and they have already featured a couple of my favorite bloggers! (Jenna! Lindsay!) I’m so honored that they want to talk to me too! I hope I’m not too awkward. I should probably not drink too much wine beforehand.
Also You have a little more time to enter SPIbelt giveaway! You can do that here and stay tuned for tomorrow when I am going to hook someone up with Color Run entries! I figure giving away a bunch of cool stuff should offset all the whining about my leg.
Oh and in case anyone is wondering (because obviously you all are) the great turkey bacon shortage continues. Yesterday following my yoga class I asked about a sandwich at my favorite Starbucks and was told they had them! YAY!! So I get one and a coffee, head out to the car, open it up and…
Not a turkey bacon sandwich. It was ham. I hate ham.
I took it back inside and the girl working there starts insisting that it is in fact turkey bacon and maybe they redesigned the sandwich and I’m an idiot that needs to stop wasting her time (okay maybe not that last part, but her tone suggested it). So I took it because I didn’t want to make a scene and as I was driving away I started eating it. IT WAS FREAKING HAM and I am WAY too trusting. Way to ruin my breakfast, rude Starbucks girl.
I hope you all had a great weekend!
What did you have for breakfast today? Was it a turkey bacon sandwich? Because if so I’m jealous of you.