Yesterday I went to visit Up and Running with my husband who was buying me my Christmas present - new running shoes! When I began C25k, I just bought a cheapish but comfortable pair of trainers that did the job, and told myself that I would only ever invest in a better pair if I stuck to running.
Well, I graduated back in October and it's been rather hit and miss since but I've kept on and I'm proud of myself for persevering in the cold, even though I m finding it difficult to get to 30 mins running again.
So, back to the shop. I'd put off having a gait analysis done because I couldn't entertain the thought of getting on a treadmill (never been on one before 😂😂) for everyone to see as I do my wobbly shuffle..
Time to bite the bullet. I walked in and was rather disconcerted to see an empty shop with three very young sales assistants who looked as old as the kids that I teach. Eek.. Anyway, I approached one and he was very helpful, got me through the whole analysis thingy (apparently I overpronate). He was very good with the treadmill, asking if I was on with the speed.
"Yes, yes" says I, eager to get it done with since there are now other folk in the shop who all look to be professional runner types and I feel excruciatingly self conscious..
Once of the treadmill, I realise with great embarrassment that I am too out of breath to comment on the different shoes offered to me for trying on. I pretend to be deep. In thought.
Once my shoes are chosen and boxed up, I thank the young man who has seemed vaguely familiar throughout. He then tells me that he is an ex pupil and remembers me and I make the connection... and he gives me a 10% discount. We had our run ins at school but he's done well, and did a brilliant job.
So, I'm about to set out shortly to give the new shoes a go. It's cold, windy but bright. I need to get my mojo back... Wish me luck!