It was embarrassing when I admitted to the sales guy at Universal Sole that my current pair of shoes had about 600 miles in them. A new pair was long overdue, but life has been busy...actually life has been rather hectic for me lately, and this was just not at the top of my priority list.
The first run in a new pair of shoes is always amazing. I decided yesterday to do my planned 16 miler without paying attention to my watch and just enjoying my afternoon. There was a mysterious haze along the lakefront with a heavy dampness that filled the air, and it was a beautiful way to spend my afternoon.
I ended up clocking in almost 17 miles at an mid 7 pace, which may not have been the best idea. Today my legs feel tired and heavy which I guess means that I shouldn't have gotten too carried away with my new shoes so soon. My feet are awfully temperamental, and I most definitely aggravated my arches yesterday. I have had minor bouts of planter fasciitis in the past with the symptoms coming and going, yesterday was one of the random flare up days that creep up on me every now and again. It can be frustrating trying to figure out how to ease the pain mid-run, but I try my best to make the best use of random resources available in dire situations like this.
My solution for sudden arch pains it to find a round medal posting, one like you would find on a playground, and rub the bottom of my foot over it gently massaging the arch. Works like a charm! Desperate times call for desperate measures.