So, unfortunately, I have encountered shoe failure - not once, but two times. After posting about how excited I was about my recent shoe purchases, I am almost embarrassed to say that after wearing both now, I don't like either. Sigh. This is not unusual. I tend to be EXTREMELY picky when it comes to running shoes; the least little thing can set me off on a ramble of a shoe's shortcomings. But, I swear, I really tried this time to be forgiving. I wasn't going to be picky. I was going to give the shoes a chance, let them argue their right to shod my feet, give them time to prove themselves. But, ... I can't. I tried. I really did, but both pairs are going back.
First, the New Balance WT 110s. I was completely sold on these puppies. I would have thought given my love affair with my 101s - the older model - that my acceptance of the 110s, especially in light of the glowing reviews I had read, would be a given. But that wasn't the case. In a rare moment of instant clarity, I knew as soon as I slipped on the new footwear that it was not meant to be. The size I am accustomed to seemed too big, and there is something about the footbed, too. I can feel the curve of the footbed rubbing against the outside of my feet - even while walking. Not ideal. So, back they will go.
The Brooks PureConnect Flow's flaws were not so immediately apparent. I wore them in the store and liked them. I wore them for 25 minutes on the track on Sunday and liked them. I wore them for a 45 minute run yesterday, and .... I didn't like them.
After about 35 minutes, I noticed a soreness developing at the base of my big toe on one foot (my bigger foot, as it happens; my feet are NOT created equal). That quickly escalated into a "keep-this-up-lady-and-I-will-certainly-scream" type of pain. I realized that I could not move my toes on that foot around as much as I would like. I couldn't flex my toes upwards, and I couldn't spread them out in the shoe at all. It was as if the big toe and the next toe over were taped together. Now, I know I am a picky shoe buyer, but this seemed over-the-top problematic. If I didn't have such wide flippers for feet, I am sure this wouldn't be a problem, but as it is, well, ... it is a problem. So, these shoes are going back too. I am now pursuing a new prospect that I have high hopes for. More on that later once I have had a chance to try them out.
So, besides the shoes, exercise and running have only been going so-so this week. I can't say I have had a lot of oompf, and I have had some more weird pains here and there. The shin is still an issue, and it has now been determined that besides a tight quad and IT band, my calves (previously untested) are also extremely tight. This is all after a BRILLIANT long-"run" on Sunday - 45 minutes of running followed by an hour of the elliptical. So, I don't know what's going on. I am scheduled to see another PT tomorrow to get a second look at everything. With any luck, she'll see something that PT #1 is missing. Either that, or I am just crazy. It's hard to tell at this point. Peering at things through the goggles of a Mad Housewife, I imagine anything is possible.