My C25k experience just got a little sweeter!
Like many C25kers I am guessing, I started the journey wearing whatever shoes I already had. Although I always buy "comfortable" shoes, I really hadn't been properly fitted for the correct running shoe. Mainly because I had no intention of ever being a runner. I had an acceptable pair of New Balance trainers that I had purchase for walking trails. I like them for walking, but they were doing nothing for me when running. I've been suffering through calf pain almost every time I ran. I knew I needed to get some new shoes, but kept thinking I would wait just a little longer.
My first attempt at finding a new running shoe was to do some online research and stop by a local big box sporting goods store. With little help from anyone, I went home with a very cushy pair of Asics and was excited to give them a try. Right away my calf pain was gone, but by the time I completed my first run, the outside half of my feet were completely numb. Well, that was definitely not going to work! I'm committed to becoming a runner and I've got to figure out a way to make it happen without all this pain.
Today I went to a local store that specializing in running. Kevin asked a lot of questions, measured my feet relaxed and standing, observed my step and leg movement, and then came out with about a half-dozen options of shoes to try. I left with some new shoes, new running socks, and was excited to try them out.
The verdict? No calf or foot pain at all, and no numbness in my feet. I finished my 5 minutes runs (W4D2) feeling like I could continue on. Yay!
I admit I was a little intimidated to get fitted for new shoes in a running store. I was avoiding it because I expected to be the joke du jour — the old out-of-shape guy trying to train for a 5k. Fortunately, my fear of getting injured outweighed my fear of the running shoe store — I don't want anything to get in my way of achieving this goal. And now I have happy feet!
So, if you're like me (and I've got to believe I'm not the only one) and are putting off getting properly fitted for good running shoes, make it happen sooner than later. You'll be so glad you did!