The Perfect Fit
After deciding to join the C25K program, I realized that the shoes I had, while athletic and all, weren’t necessarily designed for running. I didn’t want to fork over a huge chunk of change on something that I may end up giving up in 10 weeks (I try to be realistic – my track record for sticking to fitness isn’t exactly great), so I researched different running shoes to see what would be good but at a reasonable price.
The winner: Asics Gel-1150. They had good ratings, were meant for running and supposed to help overpronation, and they were purple. What more could I want? They were also $85, which was a little pricey compared to most shoes I bought but I thought it was reasonable compared to most running shoes I saw online. I ordered them on Zappos, and a few days later they arrived at my office.
I didn’t have a chance to use them until last night, however. They fit comfortably but having never really worn proper running shoes, I didn’t have anything to compare with. They felt better than the shoes I had, but who knows what that really means?
My run at New York Sports Club went well. I definitely could feel a difference in how my feet felt, but I suffered a little with shin splints, which I attribute to my blood sugar being high, ringing in at 278 mg/dl. I noticed that if I work out too high, even if I know I will drop, that it affects my overall physical feeling. I ended my work out at 97 mg/dl, but I definitely don’t think I’ll be starting that high again. I also think my body works out better if I eat before, even though having the insulin on board (that means having insulin in your system that hasn’t been used for food yet) can make things a little wonky (exercise makes you sensitive to insulin, so people can have low blood sugar). As every athlete knows, having food in your system helps your perform better, but when you have diabetes, food and insulin can sometimes make it a little more complicated! I have also noticed that running makes me drop way harder than just using the elliptical machine.
It’s still a little early for me to truly appreciate the shoes, since I’m so out of shape, but I believe that they will help. And they look pretty cute too.