New Sneakers! (That I Can’t Use…Yet)

After I finished the Shamrock Run on Saturday, I was rewarded with a delicious stuffed pepper and wine from a fabulous cook, then I decided to reward myself with a new pair of sneakers.  Partially this was a “Yeah! Reward myself for crushing my PR!” and then also, “Hey!  Maybe my sneakers are causing my pain, buy new ones!” and then lastly, “Well, by the time the half marathon comes around, I’ll need a different pair of sneakers anyways… so let’s break another pair in while I can!”  Mostly, I think I just wanted to shop.  (Tax returns, ya know?)

My lovely VIP membership at Road Runner Sports landed me a pair of Newton Running Distance U sneakers with free shipping and 10% off.  I always wondered why Newtons were so expensive and when I realized this pair would only cost me $130, as opposed to near $200 like I’ve seen some pairs run for, I decided to splurge.  Especially if it potentially meant my running would improve (and the reviews are promising, but I’ll be the judge of that…)

New sneakers!
New sneakers!

Guess what arrived today!

Guess who didn’t run in them!

They are sitting in my closet right now looking so pretty.  I had every intention to put them on and run no more than a mile (per the instructions), but I made the appointment for the doctor regarding my arch.  Since I was at the laundromat I had nothing better to do than Google about my injury.  And we all know what Google does when you’re looking up medical information — hello, self diagnosis.

So I determined I potentially have PTTD, also known as Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction.  Clearly I will have no idea until March 20th when I actually see the doctor, but my tentative Google diagnosis resides with that.  The symptoms are spot on with my left foot and now I’m terrified that if it is this, I really should not be running until it’s evaluated.  Whatever is going on doesn’t seem to be going away permanently with rest, just flaring up every time I run.

I don't want to take them off.
I don’t want to take them off.

In the meantime, I’ll just be waltzing around my apartment in these babies and cross training like my life depends on it.  Hopefully I’ll still be able to run the 9-miler on March 30th.  I’d hate to add a 5th DNS to my record in the past six months.


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Just a 20-something homegrown Buffalo sports loving, distance running, gin drinking kind of girl.

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