the higher the climb, the harder the fall
With seven weeks to go it’s not looking good. Last week I mentioned how I wasn’t able to complete my long run due to a pain in my foot. I went to my doctor and after getting an x-ray which came out normal I was told to not run, get properly fitting shoes and drink Advil 3 times a day. I did just as I was told, I even iced it to the suggestion of a few people but every time I attempted to put on my shoes, it would hurt. After getting new awesome shoes to ensure the right fit and after abstaining from running the entire week I wanted to give it another chance; on Sunday I ran one measly mile and I couldn’t, I just couldn’t… it was uncomfortable, it was painful, it was pathetic. This week has been rough in so many ways; I’m sad, I’m angry, and I’m disappointed because I may have to abandon this whole thing. I’m trying to be optimistic but there hasn’t been much improvement and with only seven weeks left I don’t know how much longer I can delay my training.
getting the right fit
One of the things my doctor mentioned was to consider getting good running shoes to give me proper support. Up to this point I’ve been running with my Nike Frees and I’ve been wanting to get good running shoes but I’ve been to lazy to do it. I decided to go ahead and invest in good running shoes. I wanted to go somewhere that would be able to advice me and fit me with the proper shoes. I came across Marathon Sports which was literally about 15 mins away from my house and from their website they would help me get the “right fit”. Let me tell you that I was more than happy with my decision to go there. The girl who helped me (I wish I knew her name) was amazing and extremely helpful. She had me walk up and down the store to get a feel for my foot strike (it’s neutral). She then measured my size which measured at size 6 and then handed me a size 7 shoe. She handed me three different types of shoes and had me run on their treadmill. I ultimately went with the Saucony Ride 6 Edition in neon yellow and pink… I love them! They are light, comfortable and awesome and I have no idea if I’ll be able to use them.