Monday, April 12, 2010

Fat, Flat and Red, White and Blue

Shin splints...OUCH!!!  I have them and I don't like them.  Period...

All my bravado about working harder than ever and doing as much exercising as I can to lose three pounds this week...yea...well...that went out the window this past weekend.  I talked with the Hubs and since he is a former runner (knee surgery took care of that ridiculous behavior!) he suggested I go to the running shop and purchase a pair of good running shoes. 


I thought my nice sneakers from Wal Mart were good.  They have been doing the job of supporting (so I thought) my feet just fine.  After several weeks of doing a lot of running for my workouts, I found out they are the reason I have the dreaded shin splints.


So I head out this morning to the running store.  I walked in and I am sure the young guy at the register thought "what is this fat old lady doing in my young running store"?  He was way too kind to actually say that to my face and instead asked if he could help me.  I felt I needed to justify why I was there, why do I do that???  I began telling him about how I have lost 26 lbs. in three months and now I am running and have shin splints and need new shoes but don't know how to find a pair that would help me with the running I am now doing because I am working hard at losing weight and feeling better and did I tell you I lost 26 lbs. so far and now I am running to continue to lose more to feel healthy and make a cha...yea, it was really sad.   He was so sweet and told me to take off my horrible shoes (yes, he really did call them horrible) and walk the length of the store and back.  He then asked me to step onto this computer pad which analyzed my feet.   From that information I started trying on many different kinds of running shoes, ones that have lots of support because these fat flat feet need lots of support. (He didn't say fat flat feet, he just said flat feet, but I knew what he was thinking!!)  Finally after six pair, we found the ones that are going to make a difference for me.



These are my brand new and expensive New Balance running shoes and they feel really good on.  Look, they are red, white and blue, very patriotic.  In fact, they are made in the good ole US of A and here's proof!


So now I won't have an excuse to lay around the house anymore.  I am going to go out and begin my workout with the running because I lost 26 lbs so far and I am not going to let shin splints get in the way of running because I want to lose more weight and get healthy and feel better and.......

5 comments:

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I have flat feet too so they pronate (roll inward) and I need good arch support. Saucony works for me but they don't make the particular model that I like any more so when these are worn out I'll have to go searching again.

Rebecca said...

This is probably a step (no pun intended) I should take. My shoes are all so old! I'll be watching to see how it works out for you.

Dee said...

Sorry about the shin splints...sounds painful. Happy you found new shoes and that you can continue to move forward with your goal.

Pat said...

I have flat, fat feed too. In fact, my last pair of tennis shoes came from Walmart mens shoe department. I'm a big spender! Maybe that's why I'm in pain after walking for 5 minutes! LOL!
I think I need to invest in some good shoes...pronto!

Donna's Book Nook said...

Last Spring when I started "cardio walking" (doesn't that sound impressive!), I went to a store specializing in walking/running shoes; they put me on the computer as well. And I also bought an expensive pair of shoes. I'm very glad I did. They've been very supportive and comfortable. (I think it's mostly your impression that you have "fat" feet, and have to justify things. You are doing great! Enjoy your new shoes!