Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Running Shoe Odyssey

Oh my goodness....I am so sick of thinking about running shoes.  I have been having problems with my feet from running lately (after 6-8 miles, the balls of my feet start to feel not so hot) and decided to buy new running shoes a few weeks back.   They were supposed to be top of the line and they were really expensive so I figured they would be okay.  I ran 3 miles in them and then 6 miles, noticing that they didn't have enough arch support but my feet didn't hurt any more or less than normal.  Then I tried 10 miles in the fancy shoes....holy mother, what a mistake!  I was almost in tears throughout the whole run and halfway through I almost had to call the hubs to come get me.  I made the full 10 miles but went back to my old shoes and luckily was able to return the sucky fancy shoes.

I rested my feet a few days thinking 'hey, maybe I'm overtraining' and then went back to my oldies.  The old shoes were fine but my feet still hurt some on my 10 mile run on Saturday (towards mile 7/8).  On Sunday, the hubs and I saw a running store while we were downtown and he talked me into getting measured and fitted for running shoes.  I bought a pair I liked that were super comfy and tried them out this morning.  Mistake #2.  I was supposed to run 5-6 miles this morning and I made it 3.  The balls of my feet were KILLING me!  There was no way I could make my full run without seriously messing my feet.  So these shoes are going back and I may exchange them for something else (the running store only gives store credit instead of refunds) and/or I may just wear my old running shoes for the rest of my training.  I have 2 1/2 weeks left until the race and at this point, I will be lucky if I just make it across the finish line.  For a while I thought I was going to be able to make a good time but now I'm not so sure.  I am extremely frustrated with the whole situation and angry that my feet are betraying me.  The shoe issues have made me want to give up training but I have come so far and am definitely a way better runner than I was when I started in December/January that I don't want to give up.  I think I am just going to have to accept that my feet will hurt some during the race and I need to suck it up and deal.

Rant over.  Anyone else have issues with shoes?  Or I am just super special?

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