This was not totally, but still sad Wednesday.
This is so funny I am so sad all day long.
I am so happy for all your supportive comments, it makes me live trough it much easier.
A friend of mine was going to Vienna by car, so I used the opportunity to visit the running shop that was on my list of priorities.
My Saucony shoes were really feeling worn out, and with this daily 10K, I really felt I need a new one. And as I finished last week my first week of daily 10K, I decided to reward myself with new gear. Originally not to cheer myself up, but this is positive imput anyway.
A colleague of mine recommended Mizuno shoes, she loves them, and this shop had them on stock, with video analysis and expert opinion.
So, I've found the shop, Laufschuh Expert, on Favoritengasse 76 in Vienna.
It's a medium size shop, but only running gear, crazy.
We've spent two hours analysing my feet, finding the right shoes, and analysing my running on video. Especially the axe of the shoes when touching the ground, to decide how much support (stability) I need on the inner side of my shoes.
My left foot was completely horizontal (good), my right foot was sometimes tilting inside a bit. She said by strengthening the muscles, I could go with the normal shoes, because I am at the limit really. But then I tried shoes with support, and my right foot was also horizontal all the time, so we decided to go for shoes with support.
(This is from their website.)
Unfortunately, we didn't find the right size easily, in this size region (12-13 US), the grading is not so fine, the increments were too big. I had to give up buying Mizuno, either the shoe was long enough, but too wide, or good width, but short. I tried Brooks, N, Saucony, Asics, Mizuno, and Nike shoes.
In the end, I settled down to a Nike ZM Structure+ 14 Breathe, size 13. I tried it on the treadmill, and then went out from the shop to run for 10 min and try it. It was still the best from all that I tried.
It has stability, and was 125 Euros.
I've never thought to buy Nike before, when I was playing basketball, they were never comfortable for me. And I never thought to spend so much on running shoes. And this pair was not even in the expensive range in the shop, there were shoes for 170-180 Euros even.
I also bought some gear I missed, a fast dry white cap with UV protection, Brooks reflective bands for my ankles, and an iFitness neoprene belt with zip pockets for keys, and other small things. Plus 3 pairs of running socks (elastic, now sewing inside). Almost as much as the shoes. Crazy!
So tonight I tried the new shoes. The fit is excellent, and even my feet look nicer in these shoes. During the first 3 km I felt the strong stability, it was not comfortable, but after passing 6 km, the shoes were really nice.
I noticed my speed is increasing lately, before I was doing between 6 and 7 min/K, but the last days I was always between 5 and 6 min/K.
My friend who took me to Vienna, was watching me since January with the weight loss. He said that he sees a big difference since I do the exercies, I am much more energetic. Because from January, I only changed my food, and was loosing weight. But since I have the exercise, I am much more alive. He said, also for the food, there is more please, since I run a lot, I can eat much more. This was so true.
Today I managed to keep in my calorie range, too.
So, a sad Wednesday, but a great Wednesday otherwise.