If you’re looking for me during the hours of 5:30pm-6:30pm, your best bet would be to check the far-most right treadmill on the second floor of ProSports Club and look for the runner watching a fabulously-terrible Food Network television program (i.e. Chopped, Diners Drive-in’s and Dives, or Cupcake Wars). Yesterday was one of those days.
|Spoiler Alert: the guy on the far left wins.|
Normally my runs are fairly routine. I get in my 60-minute run and don’t think twice about it. But today was different.
My run started as expected. I trotted along watching “Chopped: British Invasion” but about 30-minutes into the show (right as round 2 was starting) my right knee began to ache. Now, my last injury was nearly four year ago and had me sidelined for almost a year — I wish not even my worst enemy both plantar fasciitis and sciatica at the same time — so, needless to say, when my knee started aching I had a minor freak-out.
My first thought is that in my attempt to see who would make it two round 3 of Chopped I tweaked my body/knee as I turned towards the television (how embarrassing if that’s really what caused the injury)! But then I looked down… my shoes. Could it be my shoes?
|Why you gotta do me wrong Glycerine’s?|
I’m a Brooks shoe lover through and through. Normally I’m a narrow 10.5 Adrenaline runner. This last Christmas though I decided to mix it up and ask Santa for the Glycerine’s for two selfish reasons: 1) the running store didn’t have my Adrenaline’s and I (whoops, I mean Santa) didn’t want to drive across town to check another store; and 2) the Glycerine’s come in much cuter colors and I always envy those people at the gym who have the cute running shoes.
All of this is to say that the wrong shoes can really mess with a runner. As such, I think I’m going to have to hit up Super Jock n Jill this weekend to see if I can swap them out or, if that’s not possible, buy another pair. (Side Note: This makes me such my Grandma’s granddaughter. While not a runner, my Grandma was notorious for buying shoes, wearing them for a bit around the house, then returning them because they “pinched my big toe” or because the “heal was too high”. Oh Grandma, I miss you!).
In summary… stick with the shoe that works for you as a runner. And, always remember that:
a great shoe makes a women fabulous
a great running shoe makes a women a fabulous, happy, pain-free, kick-ass runner
Time to get back to pain-free, kick-ass running.