Knees, knees, oh you damned knees!
They are feeling better today and only seem to ache in certain positions … so FINGERS CROSSED … maybe I can get back at this soon.
For an additional stab in the heart, the running shoes I ordered showed up via UPS yesterday. I can now officially say that I’m all dressed up and have nowhere to go.
When I decided I was going to start running I knew I had to make a choice. Get serious or don’t get serious. I could use an old pair of sneakers that I’d worked in and walked in and just see how things went .. or I could buy a pair of shoes totally dedicated to running. It’s almost like an engagement ring. Buying a pair of committed running shoes was making a promise to myself that would make me hold myself accountable for my future actions.
My running self and I got engaged. I bought a pair of running shoes.
It’s tough buying shoes on your own when you are top secretly running. I couldn’t ask anyone for opinions or advice. I had to research and shop around. I started off by reading and watching videos about proper foot strike. That lead me to barefoot running. Running barefoot, from what I understand and I’m NO expert, helps you properly foot strike with the ball of your foot first. It’s true for me. With shoes on, I am heel planting like no one’s business. Take my shoes off and I’m all ball of my foot. Sadly, I’m a weanie and I will not run barefoot. Sharp objects impaling your feet is scary enough … but when I walked that 10K a few weeks ago… it was a sea of loogies on the ground. I do not want to plant my bare foot in someone’s spit.
The toe shoes kind of freak me out a bit too. I’m just not sure how I feel about having my toes separated like that. I found a happy neutral. A minimalist shoe made by Merrell called the Vapor Glove. What I love about this shoe (and I have only slipped it on my feet to walk around the house to check the sizing) is that it is so light. I have always HATED big, heavy shoes.
It does certainly help that it comes in very pretty colors!
Hopefully, I have not made a big mistake in purchasing a ‘barely there’ shoe. It makes me second guess myself that maybe I should have looked into a shoe with more support for my pissed off knees. For now, I’m going to stick with my first theory. If I can manage proper form and foot strike, my knees will thank me in the long run.
What is your favorite running shoe?