New Running Shoes!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I just bought new running shoes! I had been experiencing shin splints earlier this week, and because they splints weren't too harsh, I decided to keep running. Normally, my legs returned back to form after a couple minutes, but my feet and ankles were really swollen. Hearing my problem a friend told me (and I researched some more) to get my running gait checked out by a professional who could recommend a pair of good runnings shoes. I went in with a budget (because being unemployed for four months starting the end of next week will not be fun), but ended up blowing it by about 20 bucks. It could have been worse. The pair I really wanted were $150! Mine (with high Elmhurst taxes) came to be around $104. I have never, ever spent that much on a pair of shoes or even an item of clothing.

It took me a bit to settle down when I heard the price. I tried on some cheaper shoes, but none of them felt right and none gave me enough support for my apparently extremely flexiable ankles (which gave me the splints to begin with). So, I handed the guy my debit card and thought to myself, "This is your last gift to you for awhile. No eating out. No movies. Nada!" Of course, I had buyers remorse, but the more and more I think about it, I have nothing to be ashamed of!

These shoes ARE a gift to me. My ultimate goal is to run a 5K and to be fit and healthy. I cant do it with my other shoes or the ones that would have costed me 20-30 bucks less.

I am aslo going to start icing my shins when I start to feel pain. I dont want this to be a long term thing, but I am hoping proper shoes (and maybe some insoles, if I can find them), will keep me right on target.

Updates on Week 2 comming tomorrow! See you all then!
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    Hey there, and great job on putting yourself first and buying the shoes that are a necessity to your good health.

    I started running shortly after starting SparkPeople. I can give you a tip to strengthen your ankles, and that is to try one-leg balancing poses with your steady foot on a pillow. The pillow forces you to try to keep from wobbling, which strengthens the ankle area. The pillow is also low enough to not make you nervous about being up high while balancing.

    Best of luck with the new shoes. I hope they help your shin splints.

    3595 days ago
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