I don’t try on my running shoes before I buy them, because local stores don’t stock my size (US women’s size twelve!). I’m used to this. Stores haven’t carried my shoe size since I was in high school (hence my first reason to love the internet – shoes!). Sadly, in my youth, I continuously shoved my foot into shoes that were too small. I wonder if this has anything to do with my continuous feet problems (that I am in continual denial over).
Now, I purchase the same type of running shoe pretty much every time I get shoes online. I always buy New Balance running shoes, always a neutral shoe with an 8mm (or less) heal-to-toe drop (that is my heal rests 8mm higher than my toe). This formula (NB, neutral, 8mm) works pretty well. So, I was surprised with this last purchase (New Balance Gore-Tex trail running shoe) when I experienced so much shin and calve pain on my last run which entailed 6 miles along Quail Hill Loop.
Determined to get to the bottom of this, I decided on one last run before Calico. First things first, because I have much to do in preparation for this family trip, I filled my truck with gas this morning and headed off to purchase a new camera. Yes, I broke another camera. Imagine that. I set my heart on the Canon Elph. I’m a nostalgic lady (reason for running Calico #7 even though it will kick my butt). The Elph was the first camera that I ever smashed down onto the rocks, way back when, during my first Calico trail race in 2009. Alas, Walmart didn’t have an Elph in stock. So, I settled for a Nikon. Then as I drove off to purchase a new replacement bladder for my hydration pack, I noticed that my newly purchased Nikon had only an internal memory and no slot for an SD card. No, no, no! I could not deal with that.
To my dismay, the running store didn’t sell bladders. I drove back to Walmart, stood in a long-ass line to return the camera I had just purchased. Then I went back to Electronics and bought another camera (a Samsung). Finally, at 11:30 AM, I was able to hit the trails in Wood Canyon to try out my new shoes once more.
My calves and shins felt fine. Really fine. I felt sluggish, but that’s pretty much because I am out of shape. The shoes were also a little stiff (because they are waterproof – doh! I didn’t realize that I had bought waterproof shoes). Best of all though, these shoes have tremendous grip on the terrain. To really test out the grip, I took them for a spin on Rock It trail. If I were to slip, Rock It would be the place.
Good news. No slippage.
After my 6+ mile run, I headed off to pick up my boys from school, ran off to the Laundromat (our washer AND dryer are broken). While the clothes dried, I walked across the street to Big 5 and bought a new 70 ounce bladder just in time for Calico.