I had a great beer review all queued up to post last night, but then I got home too late and didn’t want to drink the beer. FOR SHAME.
I mean, I could have drank it, but I’d have felt like I was just slugging back a beer at 9:30 p.m. so I could bust out a blog about it, and that wouldn’t be fair to you guys or the beer. (But especially the beer.)
This week’s getting away from me but I wanted to share a few developments and (naturally) gripe about some things.
I bought some new running shoes yesterday and I’m optimistic they’re not going to wreck my feet. We did the whole treadmill thing and I tried on several pairs of shoes, taking into consideration the bunion situation as well as the orthotic situation. (We did not take into consideration the Situation.)
So. Gripe #1: I get really pissed when I learn things on the internet that my doctor should have told me to begin with.
For instance, when I was reading the literature that came with my orthotics, it didn’t say anything about how to place them in your shoe.
The specialist who fitted me with the orthortics at my podiatrist’s office told me I “could” remove the existing insole/sock liner from my running shoe, but didn’t say that I “should” or that I “really, really should.” She also didn’t recommend or suggest placing a regular flat insole in the shoe to provide extra cushioning for the balls of my feet.
Is that a big fat DUH? I don’t know, I’ve never done this before.
But I found this PDF on the webz that goes into great detail about orthotic placement and shoes, and I’m thinking this all would have been very helpful six weeks ago.
The other concern/gripe was not knowing whether I should still be in a stability shoe. Since the orthotic itself is supposed to correct the abnormalities, your shoe shouldn’t need to do that, right? And we learned on the treadmill yesterday that I’m 100% neutral on the orthotics, which is great news. That means it’s working.
So I bought a pair of neutral Asics Gels (WIIIIIIDE TOOOOOE BOX!) and they are cushiony as all crap. Like walking on pillows (or being on PCP, if that’s your thing).
Thoughts? Chronic injury stories you’d like to share? What’s your favorite dirty word?
Running activities this week:
I actually had a fantastic 3 miler yesterday morning. I finished in about 30 minutes, which is something just short of miraculous, what with all the 11:30 miles I’ve been averaging lately.
Tomorrow I’ll be attempting a 5 mile tempo in the new kicks. Happy thoughts, people.
And I joined that running site the Daily Mile, so if you haven’t had enough of me already, you can be my friend on there and get more of my mindless drivel along with instant data on mileage and pace. SCORE!