I have a very tumultuous relationship with running. I run a few days and then something REALLY hurts. Then I take a break and I can’t run like I used to then I quit for a few months, then I gain weight and realize I have to exercise to not blow up like the blueberry girl in Willy Wonka.
When I first started C25K more than a year ago I was running in a pair of shoes I’d had since high school (5 years ago, if we’re being honest) and they were generic off the shelf Nikes. My feet ached. My shins ached. I hated running. I thought it was created by the devil as a form of torture. Then I started doing some reading and realized that my shoes were the problem. (Not to knock Nikes, but I’ve not worn a pair since.)
Rush Running is a local shop, and they do a stride analysis to see what shoe you need. I have a neutral stride. They then bring out a parade of beautiful shoes and you get to try them all on in your size and run and bounce around the store, really picking your favorite.
I’m a Mizuno girl.
|My new shoes!|
I’ve always complained to my running buddy and BFF, Casey that my feet go numb when I run. I just assumed it was my body rebelling against the torture I was committing. However, this time when I was in the shop getting new shoes to prepare for my training, the lady said, “Do your feet ever go numb when you run?” *creeper look* “Uh, yeah. How did you know that?” Apparently I have a very high dorsal arch… (in human speak is the top of my foot is really tall. Who knew?!) This causes my foot to go numb because the laces cut off the circulation to my feet. ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!
|Easy Solution: Skip lacing over the top of your foot!|
I never would have known, and would have kept having numb feet (which gets INSANELY annoying about mile 5) if I hadn’t gone to a real running store. The lady was so friendly and showed me a quick and easy solution to keep my feet from going numb. And you know what? It worked. No numb feet! It’s magic.
The most fun part about running is the accessories! I make these headbands which are awesome. I’m convinced I have a funny shaped head, because none of the ‘no slip’ headbands from ANYWHERE work. They slip right off… And there’s nothing more irritating that your headband going away mid run. Feel free to email me if you’re interested in me making some for you! :)
|My headbands! Girl loves polka dots!|
I always make excuses as to why I can’t do it. That’s right… I’m an excuse maker. It’s always something else’s fault when it comes to running. I can’t run because my shoes suck (my last ones, Saucony DID SUCK!) or my heart is going to explode and I don’t know how far I’m going. I don’t want to take my phone, my playlist isn’t ready, my headphones fall out, it’s humid, it’s sunny, it’s cloudy… Ok, you get the point.
I am no longer using the weather as an excuse, because MY GOD I want one of these stickers that say 13.1 for my car. The whole world will know that I dragged my rear across that dad gum finish line if it’s the last thing I do.
|Funny, funny, funny|
If the half marathon actually kills me, please put the sticker on my casket.