The biggest improvement and update to my training that's happened in the last few weeks is that I finally faced the reality that I needed new shoes. When I started this C25K program I didn't want to get bogged down in conditional requirements or me needing to do or get certain things before I started. I knew if I did that, I'd never actually get started. I just wanted to lace up and hit the door - which is exactly what I did. There certainly was a subtle downside to that - the shoes I was using. The only pair of kicks that I had that were even remotely suitable for running in were a pair of K-Swiss casual shoes that I bought years ago and now only kept around to mow the lawn (I'm sure you have a pair yourself). It was just fine at first - my short intervals and running periods didn't lead to any increased aggravation or discomfort. That didn't last all that long - my calves, ankles, soles of my feet - they all started to hurt more than I thought they should and I realized I needed to get my flat feet into a store.
So I did. A big thank you to Russel Warren and the folks at New Balance of Wichita is in order as they made it extremely easy. I've never been fitted for shoes before and it was a little daunting before I went into their east location. It was extremely simple as my flat-as-a-board feet were easy to diagnose and fit. It was striking, how the proper shoes with the proper inserts and support felt to me - I've never really felt that before. I quite literately spent 5 minutes just rocking back and forth in my new shoes, feeling the arch support!
But did it make any difference? Yes, 100%. about 5 minutes into my first run with the shoes I felt the difference. There was no creeping pain for me to ignore as it make its way from my feet to my calves. It was subtly energizing. I can not wait to put them on the pavement of the Race 4 Freedom track - It's less than 3 months away!!