Like me, I imagine you, dear reader, as someone who is not independently wealthy and must therefore work, and while at work, spends a fair share of your day on Facebook, clicking away on articles such as “30 Hashtags Every Thirtysomething Really Needs” and watching YouTube parody videos of Taylor Swift’s “22”.
It’s all fun and games up until this point. Certainly you can relate to a 2 beer hangover, or definitely eating an entire block of cheese in bed while drinking red wine. This is all part of the growing up and growing older process, and it sort of sucks and is awesome all at once. But one day you realize that your body hurts, and it didn’t magically heal itself overnight. In fact, it’s your heel that hurts. So you begin navigating the deep dark waters of Web MD, or possibly the slightly less panic-inducing Dr. Oz for Plantar Fasciitis, make a podiatrist appointment and confirm that you, indeed, have Plantar Fasciitis. If you’re like me, the symptoms include – hobbling around like an old lady after getting off the couch, out of bed, off a chair, etc…, pain in your heel and arch, and especially worsening pain if you try to do anything to better yourself, like go for a jog.
Well, shit, this sucks.
Time to resort to drastic measures and reexamine your footwear choices. Glitter Converse with absolutely no support whatsover at least 3 years old that you wear on the daily – check. Not getting rid of those anytime soon. Ok, well, what about the shoes you wear to run in? Surely those things could use some improvement. And yes, they could. I bought a pair of Asics about 8 months ago online, and they just weren’t right from the beginning. I LOVE Asics and have run in them for years, but this pair was just off. Why were the shoelaces so short, to the point where it was difficult to work the double knot? Why did my very small feet look like they were possibly too big for these shoes? I’ve worn a 7.5 in Asics for forever, but these ones just looked and felt tiny.
In my really real life, I’m dog sitting this week, and am fortunate not to have to dance around in my undies at 6 a.m. because my dog owners have a treadmill…and it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Netflix every morning while logging about 7500 steps – golden; that is, until your left foot hurts so much you resemble a 90 year old woman every morning when you get out of bed. Something had to be done – I couldn’t NOT work out on the treadmill everyday, but I couldn’t handle this stupid foot pain either. So I made the call.
I’d wanted to do it for awhile – go to one of the fancy running stores where someone watches you run on the treadmill, determining if you’re doing anything weird that might require truly special shoes, or if you’re just that slow. I packed up from work and went to Running Away Multisport in Deerfield, certain I would find another pair of Asics – ones that were better and even cooler!
Turns out that’s not what happened. I told the associate that I was interested in getting on the treadmill so she could watch me trying to look cool and run like a real person. She said great and put me in a pair of “test shoes”, the ones they make everyone wear when they get on the treadmill. They weren’t Asics – they were Brooks. And they were the BEST PAIR OF SHOES I’D EVER WORN. I kept telling her that I only wear the Asics brand, but my feet were cheating on my beloved Asics from the moment I put them on. I tried the upgrade pair of Asics just to be certain, and sure enough, I went back to the Brooks.
The other day when I was experiencing pretty bad foot pain, my boyfriend told me to just strap pillows onto my feet, and I swear to God that’s what these things feel like. The interior is all soft and smooth, the cushioning is truly cloud-like, the laces are long, and the color is….well, it’s sort of hideous for $162. But after running on them this morning, and wearing them currently because they’re just so comfortable, I can forgive this shocking baby blue palette.
If you’re interested in experiencing them for yourself, they’re the Brooks Women’s Glycerin 11 Running Shoes, and if you’re curious as to what they feel like before you buy, I definitely suggest going to a store that specializing in shoes for runners. It turns out I have a pretty even (slow) stride, and don’t need any sort of special shoe, so paying $150 for the fancy ones ($162 with tax) felt very extravagant. But here’s how I look at it – I have real foot pain, and now that I’m old, it’s not going away on its own. I’ve apparently got to take care of this
temple body, and if $162 will keep me OUT of the podiatrist’s office, I guess I’m going to have to get used to sucking it up and forking it over.