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New shoes for an under-pronator - and nope, can't compare myself to Pre

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I got the day off to wait for ac repairmen again. They were here, done and gone in a flash, which left me free to go buy shoes! Yaaay for me! I live out in the sticks, so my careful research on Runners' World and other websites didn't do me a bit of good. I went to several stores and ended up settling on the following two:

Size 10 (yikes, my feet have grown!) Nike Flex. They have breathing holes, which I may have previously rejected as making them fragile, but Western Oregon gets hot as blazes 3 months of the year. Alas, these breathing holes have hot pink fabric peeking flirtily through them... and the shoes also have hot pink laces. I can't believe I am wearing trendy, brand name black and hot pink shoes. Where is my tutu?

When I picked them up in the store, I wondered if they might be kind of hard and flat, but as soon as I tried them on, I realized that they were good for me. As an under-pronator, I have problems with arch supports encouraging my ankles to wander even farther outwards as I land smack on my fifth metatarsals.

The Nike's toe box isn't particularly wide; I couldn't possibly wear this in a 9.5. The only reason a 10 works is because I have the laces loose at the proximal end of the metatarsals.

Size 9.5 D New Balance 580V3. These are a lot less fashionable, and also feel a bit loose in the heel, but they have a nice roomy toe box, which is important for me. I intend to rotate these shoes with the Nikes and to wear neither one of them to work. I promise!

I ran today in the Nikes, intending to follow the beginner's 5k plan here on Spark. It is 3 minutes of running, followed by 1 minute of walking, followed by 3 minutes of running, followed by 1 minute of walking... ad nauseum... oh, not really ad nauseum. It says in the directions to do this for 32 minutes. Apparently my stomach read ad nauseum. I had just increased my speed to a 10.35 min mile (which I can't maintain for more than a minute), when I suddenly had to throw up. So I stopped the treadmill, did what I needed to do and came back to finish my 32 minutes (which I did at a slow jog and 17 min/mile walk) I felt like I was cheating when I entered my time, which was 13.8 minute miles. I would have been penalized for my stop if I were in an actual race!

I went upstairs and checked my blood pressure. Very good: 115/72. Pulse 117. Face beet red, though, and I had trouble breathing. It was about 1 hour 45 min after a normal lunch. I have been working on the treadmill at the YMCA or just walking outside. I just used my own treadmill today for the first time since we moved it out of our home gym (which leaked this winter) into a storage room. My husband is out of town and I wanted to move the treadmill back into the gym but couldn't get it out of the door so I just left it in the storage room. There are oil paints in boxes in there. I didn't think they'd bother me, but I think that is what the problem was.

Has that every happened to any of you? Oh, well. I am not discouraged. I got my email letting me register for the BLC today and I can always go back to the YMCA until my husband returns and helps me get the treadmill back in the gym.
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  • MIRAGE727
    Wow! You are definitely zoned in on the science of the feet! I'm happy you found the right shoes. Great plan with the two pair. Those Nikes look cool & I know they must feel good. I think the 580V3s say you're ready to kick butt!.

    2104 days ago
  • OWL_20
    The color of running shoes has gotten pretty wild, mine are purple with steel colored accents, not something I'd usually wear, but I think pink is the new blue, or something like that. Good job on your workout--and about the oil/paint boxes sometimes they can still give off fumes (personal experience with ours), so maybe that was the cause of the tossing of the cookies. Still good workout though!
    2105 days ago
    Good job on the workout and your body's response to it!

    And I think pink is a vastly under-rated color! Makes a great accent! (I like bright pink Birks with a black linen dress. My signature summer look!)
    2105 days ago
    I, too, recently bought a pair of bright/loud pink & black - but they're the Asics GT-1000 PR

    Love 'em. & I have also vowed to not wear them to work (except days I am going to the Y straight from there). I will wear one of my two older pair of Asics to work ;)

    Can't believe how many people have stopped and told me they love my shoes... total strangers stopping to tell me. & me, the quiet/shy one... wearing those?!?! heheh
    2105 days ago
    Just look at you go! emoticon you're truly on your way!
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