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I bought new running shoes!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I picked up a running packet at Road Runners, a local running store, and I was intrigued by their shoe fitting thingy. I decided that once I lost some weight and started jogging, I would get me a pair of those fancy running shoes.

I went in today with my mom and I was a little nervous. I knew they would be a little pricey and I knew I had to run on a treadmill in public (gasp). I looked around and there seemed to be 20 sales people, but no one saw me. I wandered around the shoes for a minute, but no one approached me. I went back to the shoe fitting area with the treadmills, but no one seemed to see me. I was starting to get confused and annoyed until I heard a woman behind me "Can I help you?". I turned around to see someone one who walked in after me getting helped. She looked like a runner. She was thin, wearing running pants, and perky, like fresh off a run. My hackles went up. I'm not proud of this in hindsight, but I felt overlooked because I didn't look like a runner. I felt like the fat kid who gets picked last for kickball. I felt like this salesperson decided not to help me because I am overweight and didn't look like I belonged in a running store. I went to the counter and complained. Not a whiny or loud complaint, just a concern. I had been her longer than the perfect looking runner girl and I wanted to be helped too. They apologized and said it was a crazy day, yada yada…so I got on "the list" to be fitted and had to come back 45 min later.

I made my mom walk across a HUGE (it wasn't that big) parking lot to go shopping while we waited. She needs to walk more and since we got a rockstar parking spot, I used that as an excuse to walk. (Take that, mom.)

Back to the shoe fitting..it was fine. I apparently have high arches and over pronate? They take a video of you running, have you stand on a pressure sensitive mat, and then they mold your insoles to your feet. I bought the whole enchilada; custom fit insoles, fancy running shoes, and socks with no cotton. Cha-ching $$$, but I have lost 37 pounds and I am still going strong. I want to be a runner and that will be easier as I lose weight. The shoes will help me stay injury free (right?).

I apologized to the salesperson for being oversensitive, as I think I was insecure and transferred all that psycho-stuff onto the situation.

New shoes are Saucony Omni 12 in grey and pink. Yup, thank you sports companies, pink. LOL, but I still love them!

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So, next week I start jogging outside. I just have to get over the paranoia that people are watching my butt.
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    I miss the awesome shoes I got at The Running Room a few years back. I left them at the gym on a winter day and when I went back they were gone.

    If I go back to the gym I will get some new shoes.
    1511 days ago
    Hi Amy,

    The good news is the fitting went well. The Saucony Omni 12 is designed for women with moderate pronation. Good running shoes are not cheap and seem to be getting more expensive all the time. These shoes are a good investment.

    I don't look like an runner. I am an ex-college offensive lineman. But I am pretty fast. Sometimes, I have had trouble getting to help at running shoe stores. This is not your imagination. Runners come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Good luck.

    Thanks, Bruce

    1511 days ago
    I totally get the feelings of insecurities in the shoe store, but glad you overcame them to get the proper fit/shoe. The road will definitely give you a different type of workout than the treadmill (although I use both). Have a fun time out there and congrats on the loss of those pounds! You rock!
    1511 days ago
    Yay! Glad you got your new shoes, even if the experience started out a bit rough. You have made a lot of progress. Many blessings as you continue on your journey!
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