Sunday, April 26, 2009
(Not so) Happy Feet.....
My tired feet after running today. So the scoop on the shoes was I ended up buying a pair of $50 Adidas running shoes. The store was actually good, and I knew it was time to start phasing out my trail runners (which are not really cushioned enough for road running). They checked my gait and said that I pronate (roll inwards) slightly (not by much). I learnt a lot about running shoes actually, like buying a 1/2 size larger than you usually get to let your feet swell, and the different kinds of stability.
So with this "on foot" I went on my run yesterday. I didn't manage to get to the pool (caught up at work), so decided on a 4 mile run to make up for it. I felt great. I did a circuit around the valley and actually managed to run close to all of it (I only walked up the killer hill, which is maybe 500m or so). I really did feel good and the shoes were soooo comfy!
Then today. Today was my 6 mile run. Not such a good experience. Really tight calves, had to stop to stretch way too many times. Then at mile 2, my right food went to sleep. Stopped, stretched, walked a while, started to run, one more mile and back to sleep it went. This went on once more too, then finally, after walking for ten minutes, I ran on and it didn't bother me again, but I am a little worried. My lower back is also killing me, but I have also been lugging around heavy bags of soil today (planted my container garden this morning - yay!), so that may be it.
So is it the new shoes or is it just me being out of shape (which I very much am!)? Can shoes really make that much of a difference, or was this coming no matter what? Tomorrow is a rest and stretch day, so at least I have a day to recover and hopefully stretch it out, but i'm wondering about going back to my old shoes on tuesday. Ug.
I am definitely not a runner, but I do have to say, I have for the most part enjoyed this training so far, I can see me keeping up with it. Even today, with me wondering if my foot was going to fall off at any moment, I loved the view up the valley, it was a beautiful Hawaii day today.