This year was all about great changes in my fitness regime. I have upped my running game as a whole and have ventured back out onto the field for some quality soccer time (happy dance…oh, ouch, well…that’s enough happy dance, ugh, now I need to sit down and rub my feet).
I had noticed in the past couple of weeks that my feet were feeling pretty sore by the end of the day. I have had issues here and there in the past with sore or tight-feeling feet after a soccer match, so I would simply stretch my arches and that would do the trick. Unfortunately, it’s not doing the trick anymore. While I was putting on my sneakers this past Tuesday, I noticed that the soles looked worn and the sides of the shoe were starting to show the sock beneath its frayed mesh. I need to go get some new shoes, I thought, and mentioned it to a friend during pickup time at my son’s school. Ingrid said she needed a new pair of shoes too, so we set the date for Thursday to go shopping!
Fellow Runitlikeamom bloggers have raved in the past about Fleet Feet in West Hartford, so I thought to give it a try. I’m used to going to soccer specialty shops for equipment and boots, but had always walked the aisles of a generic department store for sneakers. It only made sense to up my running shoe ante to match the elevated running level I’m striving for. Within 30 seconds of our arrival at Fleet Feet, we were kindly greeted by a sales associate and, immediately, both myself and Ingrid were being helped with our mission to find the perfect running shoe.
I told the Fleet Feet employee, Bethany, my foot woes and current fitness history and she mentioned to me that it sounded like the start of Plantar Fasciitis. (Yikes, it’s our nemesis, Lisa!) Bethany then showed me a rolling ball that could help with the initial soreness that my feet were experiencing at night. I remembered these nifty little rolling balls in the PT room after soccer games and they were great, so I bought one. Now on to a girl’s favorite accessory – shoes!
Three pairs of shoes were brought out to me after measurements were taken of my feet (both sitting and standing). Bethany then explained to me the construction of each shoe and how they would complement my foot while running. I tried on every pair followed by a “test run” with them outside. Due to my soccer backround I gravitated toward the Saucony sneaker. Like a soccer cleat, this shoe was more snug around my foot and lower to the ground, but still had the optimal space in the front of the sneaker for foot movement and heat swell (which I never knew about). I was also fitted for special inserts to help with sole position in the sneaker. Bethany went a step further to assist me with looking into inserts for my soccer cleats as well. These inserts are different by means of a more solid support around the arches and a better cradle around the heel to keep the foot lower and better snug in the boot. I will be going back to Fleet Feet, with my cleats, to get my inserts sized and fitted.
My friend Ingrid didn’t go home empty-handed either! She “ran away” with a super-cool, bright pink, running shoe and an open invitation to Fleet Feet’s Saturday all-levels running program called No Boundaries. I told Ingrid she would be in great hands with blogger Kirsten to help coach her along the way! (Woohoo Ingrid, I’ll be cheering for you!)
I floated out of Fleet Feet with a great-feeling sneaker, perfectly-fitted inserts, and a rolling ball. I can’t wait to take to the streets with my new kicks and not feel sore afterward (now it’s time for that happy dance…a long lasting happy dance!)
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