Shoe shopping is STRESSFUL!!!

And anyone who says otherwise is a liar!

Of course this summer has been pretty stressful, too. Running hasn’t gone well, overall. After the Independence half marathon in May, I allowed myself to slack off for a week or two… then I found myself traveling throughout June and July… life happened… and, well, I’m just getting back into the swing of things.

I signed up for the Longview Half Marathon on November 12. Why? I’m not sure. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I also found out about another half marathon, the Halloween Hustle Half, on October 30. It’s only a few blocks from my house… and doggonit, I’m tempted to sign up.

I’m struggling (a lot!) with core workouts. That knee injury from last April is much better, but still not totally healed, and I just don’t trust it for any kind of whole-body exercises like push-ups or planks. Obviously I don’t want to re-injure it! But I’m frustrated by all the exercises I CAN’T do right now.

 

Today I ran 5.23 miles. The weather was beautiful, and today’s run went well. I’m pleasantly sore and, surprisingly, was able to hold almost a 13:30 pace.

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As I’m getting back into running, my shoes have proven to be a big source of stress. I went through two pairs of shoes while I was training for and running the Independence Half Marathon, and those shoes are just pretty worn out at this point. Both pairs have at nearly 500 miles to their credit. I’ve certainly gotten my money’s worth out of them, but it’s time for new shoes.

At the beginning of summer, I bought these:

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Now, like I said, I didn’t run a whole lot during June and July. So when I was getting back into running, I tried out one of these pairs of shoes… and it was a NIGHTMARE. I don’t know if it was the shoes, or if it was because I was out of shape, or (most likely) some combination of those, but it was BAD.

I went back to one of my pairs of 500-mile shoes, and I’ve been using those quite happily while I figure out how I’m going to get new shoes. I have been agonizing over the decision. I want to find shoes that are comfortable and not too expensive, and I’m borderline-paranoid about getting another pair of bad shoes.

Today I bit the bullet and bought one pair. Buying these doggone shoes has caused me so much stress, and I knew I just had to do it. Fingers crossed that these shoes will work… though if they don’t, I’m giving myself permission to buy another pair!

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One last thought:

Long ago, I got into a habit of taking a selfie of myself every time I run. It’s sort of like proof to myself that I got out there and did it. It’s nothing fancy, something I do for myself. But lately I’ve been toying with the idea of posting these selfies on Instagram. Whad’ya think?