In many ways, Christmas came a few days late for me. I got both a new pair of shoes AND my new GPS watch today! As a bonus, I also got a “foam roller.” (I’m proud to say that I’ve not only learned what that is, but I even learned how to use it, thanks to the very nice woman at Fleet Feet!)
I’m hoping these shoes work better for me than the New Balance did.
Some of you might remember me getting new shoes in September, and I’ve only run about 100 miles since then. Unfortunately, I’ve started struggling with shin splits and developed semi-permanent blisters along the outside edges of my feet. Since I made it the entire way through the Couch to 5K program without any of these issues (and while weighing a few pounds more), I can only blame the shoes.
This time I went to the “local” (2 hrs away) Fleet Feet Sports store. I explained all of my issued. I also told the woman (who’s name I cannot remember, for the life of me!) that I ran in Asics in college and have been wearing Brooks as sneakers since the birth of my son. I was so relieved when her first response was, “Well, then let’s start with Asics and Brooks, since we know they’ve worked for you in the past.” The shoes I had bought in September were New Balance.
After measuring my feet and watching me walk, she said that she was sizing me at an 8.5 – a half size smaller than the New Balance shoes. Since my day-to-day teaching shoes are all 8.5, and my dress shoes are an 8, that sounded reasonable to me. I ended up with these pink Asics. I’m trying not to get too worked up about them yet; it will take a while to know if they’re really working for me. The best part about the store today was their FIT guarantee. If these shoes give me problems, I can take them back!
I LOVE this gadget! It was so nice to be able to just glance at my wrist and see my pace and distance right there!
I also got an AWESOME new GPS watch! I won’t have to carry my phone on my runs, I can see my pace at a quick glance, my data will be easily uploaded to Smashrun, and I’m SO excited about it!!!
It was exactly this excitement that led me to forego my scheduled treadmill intervals for a nice long road run. I was so excited that I didn’t take time for the watch to fully charge (half way is good enough, right), and I decided to ignore the foul weather.
Things started out great! The watch was awesome, the shoes felt good, I was ignoring the weather. Then, a mile and a half into my 2 mile run, I goofed. I somehow managed to delete my entire run from my watch. I have NO idea how I did it, but I got so MAD at myself. I dropped to a walk and fumed down the road. By this time, I was cold and wet. My shin was hurting (because I was supposed to be doing a much shorter and cushier bit on the treadmill). As I grumped and stomped and grumbled, I realized that I usually use running to bring myself OUT of these kinds of moods. I realized that I had managed to take the happy out of my run! I started thinking about just how much running I’ve done (more than 150 miles since July!). I realized that I will likely run twice that between now and my half marathon on Labor Day weekend. I have so much time ahead of me to run that I don’t need to use all of my new things right this minute. A big part of my success this far has been a commitment to taking it slow – one day and one choice at a time. It’s great to be excited, but I’m better off to slow down and spread the excitement out over the next 9 months.
I lightened my step a bit and went home to explore my new foam roller! (which I’ll write about tomorrow) 🙂
3 days on-track! I really want to get under 190. It may not happen this week (thanks to my Christmas eating bliss), but I would like to get as close to it as possible.