So a few days ago on my lunch break, I packed up my clothes and my shoes, and headed out for a run with a friend before I had to take off to teach a Zumba® Fitness class. The weather is starting to get gorgeous here – yesterday, the temp must not have gotten over 80 degrees, and for the first time maybe since the summer kicked off, I didn’t feel like death following the run.
But I made a critical error.
I know so so much better than this, but I grabbed an old pair of Glycerin 11s, a pair from last October (almost a year ago), and did a short run in them. My feet hurt. My knees ached. And as an employee at a running speciality store, I knew SO much better. I know old shoes can make the difference between a good and uncomfortable run. I know that they contribute to foot cramping and knee aches. I know that looking at gross worn-out shoes is probably not helping me to pull out of this running slump whatsoever.
But I did it anyways, and only rethought it when, after only three miles, my feet were aching, knees aching, and when a co-worker from Fleet Feet walked in, took one look at my flattened out shoes, and started laughing. We can tell these things.
So today, reflecting on my slump and how discouraging my achy breaky run was, I went to the store, picked up a pair of Glycerin 12s, and went for a little under 6 miles with a friend.
They felt really really great, and the just-under-six really didn’t feel as slumpy as all my runs have been in a while. A few contributing factors to that? Pretty new shoes, decent fall weather, a good friend to chat with while we powered through the gnarly gnarly hills of Raleigh.
Oh, and I registered for a half at the end of next month. I’m sure that didn’t hurt my motivation since now I have to show up and kick some ass.
What do you do that you know is no good for you?