Tuesday, January 24, 2012
After running through icy rain yesterday to get to kickboxing after Metro Center DC temporarily closed the red line due to an emergency, I realized more than ever than my current Asics 2160 running shoes were just too beat up and were no longer protecting my feet back.
So today I went online to a sale on running shoes to get the Asics for nearly half off, splurging on quicker on shipping, because I have learned the hard way that my feet and ankles can't wait for whenever.
Every time I get new running shoes, I first look at them as being too small to be on my feet. My mind still remembers those 12 wide New Balance sneakers I used to squeeze on my feet when I was at my heaviest weight or very near to it, 60 pounds than I weigh now.
And every time I put on the new Asics 10.5 B (medium) and discover they fit, cradling my feet, protecting my ankles, I realize what I've been missing for months. That is when I know that my running shoes should have been replaced a little sooner and that the ankle protection and gel cushion on that bottom was broken down on my old sneakers, the ones that will be related for emergencies and hikes along muddy trails.
I remember when I first went to a running store to get fitted for the Asics. An athletic friend of mine who often ran 10 miles per day told me that, if nothing else, I had to get good running shoes. (Obviously a good running bra is important, too, the kind that gives true protection against painful bouncing.) So I went to a running store where I was fitted to 10.5 B mediums in Asics that correct pronation.
The truth is that I had no idea that our feet can get bigger with major weight gain, then also get smaller as we lose the weight. I didn't have an inkling until I realized that more and more those New Balance sneakers were slipping on my feet. After awhile, I was swimming in my big shoes and had to donate them all away or toss them if I didn't think someone else could use them.
After getting the new Asics, over the protests of another salesperson who said someone as heavy as me needed wide shoes, the pain in my shins went away on the very first run. It felt so much better that it was worth paying something like $110 for running shoes and socks. And I've stuck with Asics ever since because they seem to fit my feet better than the other running shoes before. And I knew that they got a great consumer report rating.
Over time, the lesson I keep learning is that replacing running shoes on a regular basis is worth it. I had tendonitis in my college days, and one reason perhaps was that I was running across campus in regular shoes. Now so man years later, I get that I have to replace the running shoes to replace injuries and perhaps because being much heavier than most runners and fast walkers, I put more wear on tear on my running shoes.
It definitely was a bit of a squeeze on my budget after paying for a monthly kickboxing membership, but both are worth it. I'm relieved I could order while the Asics are still on sale, didn't get a goofy color, and might even have them by the weekend. After that, I definitely put some running back into my workout plan.
Other than that, one of my big challenges in weight loss these days, is finding the correct calorie count for the kinds of kickboxing workouts I do. My first month as a kickboxing member, I lost perhaps 4 pounds and dropped my BMI by as much as 7 points. I saw a few inches vanish, too, while I still struggle just to have the stamina to get through an intense class. I've added good carbs and protein and think I'm getting closer to the right mix for me.
So today, while the sun is shining and we get a somewhat warmer day, I'm celebrating with my mushroom tofu kale combination and planning a fast walk for exercise. I had thought about going to the near by gym, but I think my muscles may need the rest and a sunny day is too good to waste on a basement gym. Tomorrow I'll be back at kickboxing again, hopefully not after running more than 10 blocks in the ice cold rain on what seemed to be a kind of crazy day.
Tonight I'll make a black bean soup and dream about my new Asics--and me in them running 10 miles along a a beautiful trail. One of my favorites! Along with me finally mastering the roundhouse kick in kickboxing.
Addendum: I decided to put in 30 minutes at the nearby (basement) gym but could only work out at 2.5 incline, 3.3 due to my worn-sneakers, etc. Can't wait for my sneakers. I was happy to learn Zumba might be returning to our gym soon.