First Week & Shoe Clinic – 7/29-8/4

Still couldn’t sleep. Well, that’s not true. I fell asleep around 12 and then had to wake up around 5, take a quick shower, eat breakfast, and run out the door.

GPS said my arrival time would be 7:01AM. Ugh. 1 minute late for my first training with the coach. Ugh, I should have left at 6. The first training was in Laguna Hills because of the shoe clinic at Road Runner Sports – all other trainings will be in Irvine which is much closer. Thank God.

So I arrived 5 minutes ahead of schedule, checked in, and stood freezing in the crisp cold morning air until we got started. Again it was a little awkward. I think mornings in general are not good for me. I didn’t have a good breakfast. I was cranky because I haven’t been sleeping well. Actually my sleep habits really suck and I’m always falling asleep on the road. NOT good. I think I’m not getting the rest I need and I should probably get some blood work done to make sure I’m OK. Hopefully all I need to do is go to bed earlier.

After some announcements, a quick meeting with the mentor, and a presentation from the shoe clinic folks we were on our way! Hooray! Our first team walk together. All of that walking at the gym paid off today because I was able to keep a good pace. We walked two miles early in the morning in beautiful Orange County. I can’t wait to see what sites await me for the marathon. It was so nice to see all the great big houses and then to go around the back of them on a bike trail. Along the way we ran into other team members that were practicing for different events. It was a great atmosphere and everyone has great team spirit. I loved it.

We came back and each of us signed up for our individual shoe clinic evaluation and the way this worked was they have you take a step on a sensor to measure your walk and then they have you stand on the sensor so that they can look at the shape of your feet and the pressure points. After that, they make you walk/run on a treadmill to look at the way you run/walk in order to measure which way your feet go and from there they recommend a shoe for you. My evaluation told me I needed a lot of stability for my feet. I have pressure points at the balls of the feet and a high instep. Also I needed a wide width shoe that was a size bigger – a size bigger because your feet expand as you run/walk and you need that room for your feet.

After that you receive a sheet with our individual evaluation and shoe recommendations for the type of feet you have. You take your sheet to the shoe area and a “Fit Expert” finds the shoes that fit your evaluation and you try them on and pick the one you like and purchase it for a discounted price. I looked at several different shoes: Saucony Trigon Guide, Asics 2120, New Balance 882/992, and the Mizuno Creation. I ended up with the Asics. All of the shoes felt amazing. I had no idea there was such a thing as a “shoe clinic.” All of my life I’ve just been walking into stores trying on whatever I find and then just buying it without regard to it possibly causing shin splints or serious injuries to my knees because of the way I step and walk. All important things to consider especially when training for a marathon.

I feel good about my new shoes. I now have 3 pairs of shoes. Crazy. I have my Nike walking shoes, my Nike Plus running shoes (these shoes are for my sensor that records my miles) and now my Asics. I also have my moisture wicking pants. All I need is my moisture wicking socks, my hat, a travel pack to carry water and gu and I might consider sunglasses. They also recommended moisture wicking underwear. I don’t know about that one. I’ve been a cotton girl all my life down there so I don’t know how I feel about a synthetic blend being down there. Hmm.

Check out my new shoes!

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/dinesha Dinesha Mendis

    Shivani…I am so…proud of you. We seem to have very parallel lives, because I am training for a 10k (i.e.1/4 of a marathon) race in October.If you have a Nike iPod sensor, let me know, we should track data together!Lots of love and well wishes,Dinesha

  • http://www.livejournal.com/dinesha Dinesha Mendis

    Shivani…I am so…proud of you. We seem to have very parallel lives, because I am training for a 10k (i.e.1/4 of a marathon) race in October.
    If you have a Nike iPod sensor, let me know, we should track data together!

    Lots of love and well wishes,
    Dinesha

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