Anyway, there were LOTS of shoe options (did you notice exhibit A up there?) and I had no idea what we had in store. So we sat down near the Wall O Shoes with Josh and got to business. Ladies, first I guess.
He looked at my crappy pair of sneakers (that I bought because they were cute), and then made me walk in my stocking feet away from him and then back. This is when I was informed I have what I call Fat Girl Walk. Fat Girl Walk entails walking on the inside of your feet...to the point that your feet start to tilt inward as you walk. Say what you want, but I've gained a TON of weight since college and yes, the title Fat Girl Walk fits. (Especially because when i put on my running shorts? I get Fat Girl Short-ride...you know...in the inner thigh region. It's hot).
Josh then told me I would probably need an insole in my shoe. Then he asked about any knee or ankle injuries. I sheepishly told him about spraining my ankle. From falling down the stairs. Yeah, not so athletic. Especially if you consider I was trying to be in a video my brother was making and it was all caught on film. Shut up.
Anyway, he did NOT laugh at me (because he is a GOOD cousin), and just said that they ankle is probably still affected and that is why my knee hurts. The right shoe and insole should help. Then he measured my feet.
Turns out my left foot is a FULL SIZE bigger than my right, and both feet are bigger than pre-pregnancy. This would explain why my super cute size sevens? not so comfy.
So he had me try three different pairs of shoes. Getting them on for me AND tying them. He said he only does this for the ladies because it seems chivalrous. If he does it for guys between the age of 10 and 80, it's just creeper.
I finally settled on the pair that wasn't the cutest, but WAS the best fit.
Then it was Cort's turn. All the same procedures for him. Turns out his walk is just fine. No weird angling of his feet (Josh says this could be because Cort was athletic in HS. pffffttt. I think he was just trying to one-up me somehow). So he didn't need insoles. But he did need his feet measured.
Anyway, after the shoes, Josh
My run today was better than Tuesday. My knee didn't hurt (good job, shoes!), but the outside of the ball of my foot tingled. I have a sneaking suspicion it's because I haven't ever USED it when running, so it needs to get used to the pressure. We will see. I ditched the podcast. I really don't like someone telling me what to do. And opted for Social Distortion's Greatest Hits. I ran five spurts today instead of four and each was longer than Tuesday's. I ended today feeling like I could do better, rather than wishing the 5K away, which is probably a good sign.
So we will go out again this weekend to complete Week One of training. Wish us luck!
Disclaimer: I did NOT get compensated by Gazelle for writing this post. We went there because it was recommended and we had a great experience. We will for sure be back and hope you'll go too!