Taking Care of Me

Yesterday I indulged in all the things I should be doing for myself every post race zero week.

First stop, The Foot Store in Mount Pleasant to get new kicks!

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I was so due for new sneakers at this point.  I didn’t particularly care for these either.  I made an attempt to go a little lighter weight and now I know for sure it just isn’t for me.  So I said good bye to the Brooks Pure Cadence…

After watching my gait and measuring my feet the super helpful man working with me determined what I had been pretty sure I knew.  I am an over supinator.  That is super rare.  Most people are over pronators (the exact opposite).  I had noticed at work one day I felt like I was walking on the outside of my feet.  I thought it was just something I did when I was working with patients being fidgety, but apparently I do it all the time.  Luckily he spotted it, got me in a wider shoe and put a lateral wedge in the heel to try any prevent me from walking/running with this gait pattern.

I ended up back in Asics in the Gel Nimbus 16.  I have been in Brooks my past few pairs but I feel great about this return.

A little bright but atleast they won't look so dirty

A little bright but at least they won’t look so dirty

After checking this off the list I headed to get a massage.  It was perfectly painful.  Not only did she nearly bring me to tears working on my quads but she worked out a disaster in my upper back I didn’t even know existed.  I have never gotten a massage in the few days following a marathon but those days are now over.  Ironically my leg soreness is gone but now my upper back and shoulders feel like they ran a marathon of their own!

Tomorrow (according to Hal Higdon) I am cleared to run again finally.  Only 2-3 miles but I’m excited to take the new wheels for a spin!!

What are your post race week staples?

New Kicks

After officially putting 752.19 miles on my sneakers, it was finally time for another pair.  Because my next pair was going to be my training for Boston shoes, I decided to go to The Foot Store in Mount Pleasant and get their opinion on what was best for what I was about to do.  Unfortunately it was super busy during lunch while I was in there (totally wasn’t planning for that) and by the time they made it to me I had about 5 minutes to see what they could show me and make a pick.  Luckily I have been doing this long enough that I know what I like for the most part after a few steps in the shoe.

I came home with these guys…

Brooks Ravenna

Brooks Ravenna

Retirement for an amazing shoe, carrying me just further than the equivalent of Charleston, SC to Easton, PA (Casey's hometown)

Retirement for an amazing shoe, carrying me just further than the equivalent of Charleston, SC to Easton, PA (Casey’s hometown)

So today I laced them up and tried them out.  I was a little nervous not only trying a new shoe but also a new brand of shoe.  I have been in Asics for about a year and a half and loved them but I have to say I am happy with the switch so far.  It didn’t hurt that today was one of those beautiful running days that you really only can dream up.  There was a slight breeze, the sun was setting, about 70 degrees and people out everywhere running.  Nothing really pumps me up more than seeing someone else enjoying what I am too.  Just an overall great work out, plus it was Friday, so really just try to beat that!

Join me in lacing up Saturday for a long fun run with a friend (and some after run mimosas!)

Join me in lacing up Saturday morning for a long fun run with a friend (and some after run mimosas!)