This is totally unrelated to fitness, but I wanted to share this neat little mosaic I put together. I used to do the daily mugshot thing, and I quit because the camera didn’t work with my computer. But when I get a new haircut, or when I’m having a particularly good (or bad) hair day, I try to document it. Here’s November 2011 to November 2012.
I’m trying to grow my hair out right now. It’s hard. And I’ve just reached the awkward stage. I’m debating on if I should continue to brush the right side forward, or let it fall to the side behind my ear. It doesn’t have any layers cut into it right now, so I can’t go curly. It just looks like Daria hair — not curly, not straight — just poofy and thick.
(for reference, this is what I mean by Daria hair)
I’m also trying not to color it because I remember how hard it is to get it back to blonde, or a semblance of my natural color. But I’d love to go red again — and a different tone than I’ve done in the past. I’m thinking on it, but I really like my current (natural) color, and I think I’m just bored. Maybe I should just get a tattoo instead. 😉
And oddly enough, in looking at these again, I think my favorite cut of the year was my least favorite cut when I got it. It’s the one smack dab in the center.
As far as fitness Friday goes, This week’s theme is rest. I felt like crap most of the week, so I decided to take the entire week off. No walking or yoga even. I’d promised myself I’d do this from time to time, and since I didn’t work out at all the first few days of the week, I figured why not now?
In other news, I’ve finally discovered what I suspected was the culprit behind my recent injuries — you know, the sudden onslaught of ankle rolling coupled with the development of plantar fasciitis in BOTH of my feet? These are all thanks to an ill-fitting shoe for my feet and running style.
I got Saucony Mirages in early August, but the glow of the first run in them wore off quickly. They truly lived up to their name.
I ran a few times in them before I started having heel pain. I’d had heel pain previously, but not for a while, until I got these shoes, so I just assumed it was because of the shoes I wore to work or something. But the pain got worse, and then I started rolling my ankles — something that hadn’t been an issue before (other than on rare occasions on long runs). Eventually, I sprained my right ankle. Though the ankle has gotten (mostly) better, I’m now susceptible to future sprains, and the plantar has been a bitch even with treatment, and lots, and LOTS of rest.
I’m even more upset about this because I didn’t randomly pick this shoe. I was fit by who I thought was a professional at a local running shop. I’d been fit once before and the shoe that they picked shaved more than a minute off my mile time, and helped me bounce back from an injury. I was hoping for the same.
Normally I do a bunch of research before making a purchase like this because, as I know, the wrong shoe can not only hurt your running time, but hurt your body. But since these guys are the professionals, I let them do the research. Next time I’m going to have them fit me, and then do more research on my own before making a purchase.
The fact that my feet are now totally jacked doesn’t make up for lack of blisters with these shoes, or the disappearance of other joint pain. Yes, these were better for those things, but far, far worse for me in general. I’ll never be able to run without ankle support (in both ankles) again.
I’m currently trying to work with the shop to see if I can return them. After all, I’ve only run about 25 miles in them (since I’ve been injured the ENTIRE TIME I’ve owned them).
I read about a couple of people who’ve used these shoes for walking. I get arch pain with them while walking, so that’s not really an option for me. The only option is to take them back or to try to sell them on E-Bay (or to a reader who actually is fit for these shoes).
Ever had a bad pair of shoes (running or not) that really jacked up your feet?