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!
So, next week I start jogging outside. I just have to get over the paranoia that people are watching my butt.