Conquered TWO Things Holding Me Back

Friday, January 04, 2013

Today has been a huge, wonderful day!

Stayed on track with my eating! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Did my Half Marathon training! emoticon It was a rest day, so that was easy! emoticon

But what has made it a wonderful day, and an exhausting one, is stepping out of my comfort zone. Not just once today but TWICE!

It's been awhile since I've been back to the gym. I was nervous about going, very apprehensive but I knew if I could just get back there and walk through the door it would be easy breazy the next time I go. I warmed up with the elliptical, did 45 min of ST then cooled down with the bike. Had a wonderful visit with the gym manager before I left, even cried, but felt so supported and motivated! YAY Me!

Yesterday I walked a total of 5 miles. My feet HURT! They didn't hurt just because of the mileage, my feet ALWAYS hurt. I know I needed a new pair of shoes but just didn't. There was a reason, one I'm severly sensitive about....I have EXTREMELY large feet. I wear women's 13. Shoes are not FUN for me at all! I dread needing them. Athletic shoes are worse. I don't want to buy them online so it means I have to go into a store. But to purchase them in a store requires me wearing men's shoes.

I decided if I'm going to treat me right and truly train for the half marathon the most important thing I need is a GREAT pair of shoes. My sister knows of my anxiety over my feet. She went a few months ago to the running specialty store in our town. The sales rep who helped her was Marvelous. So tonight my sister went with me to hold my hand. I was up front with Jessie (yay, the lady who helped my sister was working!) and told her I hate my feet and that they are extremely large (For some reason a woman's 13 shoe translates to a man's size 12 athletic shoe). Just so you're not invisioning a normal size woman with shoes larger than the men in your life let me just remind everyone that I am 6' tall. (It's very hard to have to wear shoes larger than most men I know).

Jessie was wonderful. She looked at my old shoes, looked at my feet without shoes on them, watched me walk and jog in my old shoes and the many she brought out for me to try on. We were successful in finding a pair of shoes that felt great, fit right, I hope will help with the pain and were Cheaper than I planned.

It's amazing how ALL steps, choices and decisions on this journey make us stronger. I feel AWESOME with the choices I made for a healthier, better ME!

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    Congrats on going back to the gym.....you took the first big step, now it will be easier
    for you going back! Besides, you can show off your new shoes....having the right shoe
    for exercising is most important! Good for you!
    2296 days ago
  • KOBER9999
    Yay you! A great pair of running shoes will most definitely make a difference. I have very wide feet. For some reason men have wider feet than women, I wear a men's 8EE. I used to be bothered about trying men's shoes but anymore I see more women than just me doing the same thing!
    YOU GO! You get what works for you!
    2298 days ago
    My parents always called me big foot from the time I was little. I "only" wear a 10. 3 of my sons wear size 13.

    I think it is very brave of you to go into the shoe store. This will take you so far. I am excited for the progress.
    2299 days ago
    Great going on the shoes! That makes such a huge difference when you are doing a race.
    2299 days ago
    Hey Girlfriend! I am RIGHT THERE with you ! I am 6 feet tall and have a size 11 foot and a size 10 foot! So getting tennis shoes that fit is not only a chore instead of FUN and the guys' feet [in the mens' size shoes ]tend to be wider so I still try for the womens' shoes when I can find them & I buy the 11s. I applaud all your endeavors to overcome things that are hard for you & that YOU KEPT PUSHING AND DID NOT GIVE UP! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2299 days ago
    So sweet of your sis to go with you and it sounds like you've found a great pair of athletic shoes!

    I'm SO proud of you for going to the gym! It was very hard for me about a year ago to step inside and sign a contract, but everyone from the manager to the other members have been so kind and encouraging. I'm still going strong!

    2299 days ago
    Woot! congrats on accomplishing things!
    2299 days ago
    Wow, that's awesome about your new shoes! I don't think your shoe size as weird, b/c 3 of my favorite women had the same size. It's all in how you feel about yourself, not what you perceive others might think. I never once pitied them for their shoe size b/c they were sweet and go-getters in life. Women I admired greatly. In fact, I was a little jealous that they were tall and not the frail little things that some women are.
    On the flip side, I grew up with a size 5 1/2-6. Sure, cute shoes, but they were made to be cute, NOT comfortable. And that means short legs too, which is killing me in 5Ks as ppl outstride me 2 to 1! I have to work twice as hard to keep up! Hubby is always having to practically drag me along when we walk together b/c my steps are half of his! So, celebrate your gift and our diversity! You rock just the way you are!
    2299 days ago
    Those shoes are gonna make a huge difference. It helps SO much to have the right equipment. Good for you!!!
    2299 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Good shoes are critical to walking properly AND a good sales person is invaluable. I always buy from a family shop in town rather than a chain 'cause they know how to help me.
    2299 days ago
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