So a couple weeks back I decided that what might help my ankle and calf pain while running would be a good pair of running shoes. I had heard of this local store in town called Foot Tech, and decided to give it a try. I went in one day after work. The guy confirmed and then explained that when I walk I pronate my foot. So basically I put more pressure on the inside of my foot causing it to put strain on the outside of my ankle and calf (exactly where I was having my pain).
He tries a couple shoes on me, and while they feel ok, I can’t determine if they are THE shoes. If anyone knows me they know that I have 1. An abundance of shoes and 2. An abundance of tennis shoes. All of which my husband can do without. So since I have so many tennis shoes, I know that tennis shoes are comfortable and I enjoy wearing them. This is why, when the guy at Foot Tech was trying all these shoes on my feet, I couldn’t determine what made these different from the tennis shoes I already had.
He then puts me in a neutral shoe with some orthopedic insoles. I AM SOLD! They felt amazing on my feet. He had me walk around the store and they still felt amazing on my feet. I have been told I have a high arch support so having this support felt amazing. I didn’t even know my feet were missing this kind of joy.
Now comes the “I can’t believe I am about to spend this much on some tennis shoes” moment. I try to get a hold of my husband to confirm that it is ok to spend this kind of money. Eventually he answers his phone and says to go ahead and get them.
We take our dogs for a walk that same evening so that I could get used to my shoes a little bit. The pain in my ankle and calf was still there….from just walking!! This is where the buyer’s remorse comes in. I had spent $160 on some Brooks running shoes that weren’t even helping me walk without this pain.
I became so discouraged and frustrated.
After taking about a week and a half off from running because of some cold fronts blowing through, I was more motivated than ever to get out there and really start training for this half-marathon I keep talking about.
So yesterday was the day! Kent and I got home from work, geared up, and went out for our run.
While I was a little out of shape from not running for almost the past 2 weeks, yesterday was THE BEST I HAVE EVER FELT RUNNING!! I had absolutely NO pain while running. No ankle pain. No calf or leg pain. We ran 1.5 miles, I know I know it may not seem like much, but this is the farthest we have run while training for our half-marathon. HUGE accomplishment!
When we got back to the house I was all smiles. (Which shocked Kent!)
I have to credit our short break from running and my new running shoes to me coming back with a smile on my face.
But, now I am ready to get even more serious about this half-marathon training.
PS: My brother Alan Faneca is running in his first ever marathon this weekend!!! He has been dedicated and training long and hard for this and he is just days away from running in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans this weekend. I am a proud little sister. Always have been and always will be!