About two weeks ago, I finally pep talked myself back in to my workout regime. I keep it rather basic. Walking and running intervals for cardio, a few push-ups and squats, and a lot of stretching. All was going well, and I had finally gotten over the don’t wants phase, when my shoes decided they didn’t like my knees and proceeded to launch full on warfare.
Last year I purchased a pair of Sketchers Shape-Ups. A couple of my friends swore up and down their asses were on the fast track to putting Jennifer Anniston’s to shame, so naturally I joined the ass bandwagon. I didn’t run much last year, but I did justify my lack of working out by doing all of my shopping in those backstabbing shoes. Because I never had an issue with them (besides that they really do nothing for improving your physique), I didn’t think twice about lacing up this year and hitting the pavement.
Wednesday, while at the gym, I started to notice a few strange sensations. Let me just say now, I have never had any injuries or pangs from running in my life minus some serious sore muscles. First I noticed my left foot felt as if it was falling asleep, a pins and needles numbing sensation, towards the end of my thirty minute workout. Not only that, but my knees were pulsing with pain with each harsh stride on the treadmill. Thinking I was just being a pansy, I pushed through and finished my run.
I have this private joke with a friend of mine that I am going to meet when I go to Boston about not becoming crippled before I make it there. I am not sure how or why that joke started. Regardless, I should have knocked on wood.
I’ll admit that is a little melodramatic, and I am certain I will recuperate without seeing any white lights. In the meantime, however, I have to break my workout routine and make a small bonfire. Are footwear flammable? I think I’ll find out. It is possibly my fault for not having enough common sense to realize these shoes were not made for hardcore running in the first place, but I am in pain… so I am going to ignore the fact that I deserve to take some of the responsibility for this unfortunate experience and tell Sketchers to sit and spin. Sorry Sketchers, but if the shoe fits…
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