My foot is healed, or seemingly so. I had an MRI a week and a half ago and still no results. It's annoying, and I work for the health system. I had to wait so long to get said MRI that by the time the time came, I was in very little pain.
So, I took myself out for a test run. Several.
I started at 6 minutes. Then 8. Then 12. Then 15. Each time slightly upping my speed, which started at 3.7 mph.
With my visits to the ortho guy, he questioned me on where I got my shoes fitted and where I run. While not appalled, he did sadly shake his head when I told him I purchased them at DSW, and them mouthed, "no".
He told me, and Morty confirmed, that I needed to hit a store that would truly fit me, and that there was a life to running shoes. A fairly short one. Just a note: my gym shoes are like 8 years old.
After a few runs, I felt it was time to get the correct shoes and get back at it.
Honestly, I cannot even tell you someone in a store has put shoes on my own feet. The self-service stores are the norm anymore - or is that just me?
We went over my running "history" and there was some thorough measurement of my feet. I had a pressure point scan - nothing really of not there. Then I did the scan you see above, which captured a lot of information.
It never occurred to me my feet were not the same size. But they're not. And they suggest going up at least a half size in terms of shoe.
I'm just sayin', no guy wants to have small or narrow ball width and girth. NO guy!
We tried on a LOT of shoes. Some successfully, some I knew wouldn't work. It came down to two pairs. One I thought would be the victor. I was wrong.
I wore one of each shoe and walked around and it turns out the one I liked second best became best best. I said it felt lighter and more in tune with my foot, when asked which felt better and why. It turns out, the shoe I selected, while feeling lighter, is heavier than the one I ended up rejecting.
That was Saturday. I ran Sunday, Monday and Wednesday......remembering to take two days off per week. The shoes worked well on three 30 minute runs - getting up to 5.4 mph.
I am still taking it easy. I feel like I'm babying this, but that's ok. This is the long haul. I'm not at the 10 minute mark, or anywhere near it yet. But that's ok. More importantly, I didn't lose focus when I ran. If anything I was more in tune with it all. I really assumed I might lose the interest or ability after two and a half months.
The good news is: no issues with the ankle or foot. I'd like to keep this up, but really trying to - pun intended - pace myself.
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