The new shoes: Mizuno Wave Inspire 6
I walked into The Running Company... a little scared, very overwhelmed. The store was very busy- the weather finally broke so everyone was stocking up on shoes and gear and such. Chris approached and I told him- I know nothing, I'm brand new to this, I'm overwhelmed. He took very good care of me. He brought me out a pair of "neutral" shoes and got me on the treadmill to do a video analysis of my step. My step is AWFUL. Holy cow! I wish I could have had him send me the video on my phone or something. So, so bad. My foot points out before I pick it up. And my foot rolls inward as I push off- almost so that I'm pushing off primarily with my arch. Bad, bad. Overpronation. He brought out a pair of stability shoes and I could feel the difference immediately. Amazing! We talked about clothing... I was hesitant to take that plunge. We talked about cotton vs microfiber and wicking and moisture and stuff. I took the plunge. New bra, shirt, capris, socks. Jeff is cracking up that I'm now wearing Under Armour.
See? All that new stuff can not only make you a runner, it can make you dance an Irish jig!
But there's a catch. I've always done better during the work week than on the weekends. Less structure, less meals at home. Friday night, Jeff and I went out for dinner on a spontaneous date night. I didn't make healthy choices. Saturday was a very busy day with a lot of errands to be run. Grabbing a bite here and there and the day flies by... and I've eaten no fruit, no dairy. Just carbs and protein and some salad veggies. About the only thing I do right on the weekends is water.
It was Saturday. I do the first workout of the week for my Couch to 5K program on Saturdays. I waited until the end of the day. Bad diet, end of day and I was tired. Not a good combination for my first time running on pavement, outdoors in cool air. I struggled. I didn't complete any of the 90 second running intervals. I recovered about 90% on the walking intervals. My body was quitting on me and my energy was pathetic. I got home, stretched. My legs hurt and I was tired. Not muscle pain... shins. I took a relaxing bath. I hobbled around a bit. I did a lot of reading online and asking questions on Facebook. With all those bad factors, this is normal. Bad food energy, new terrain, new shoes, new air.
Wanna know something interesting? The only time I feel self conscious and really fat is when I'm struggling with trying to DO something about BEING FAT. Argh! It's Sunday so I will do some exercise at home- most likely bust out the Wii Fit and Just Dance and get some sweat and stretching on. And Monday I am back to it. I've learned a lot from my bad choices. I'm going to wear my new shoes on Sunday. I'm going to wear them as often as I can. I'm learning about stride and gait and posture.
This seems the most fitting- and fun- way to end this post...