Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Flat Footed Goodies

Back in the day where being flat footed got you out of the army...

Yesterday I hit 20 Kilometers. Molly and I ran it in 2 hours, 15 minutes, so that's close to an average of 10/11 minutes per miles. We were going very slowly at the start though, I don't think we were planning on trying to get a good time. For me, I wasn't really concerned about how fast I was going, I just wanted to be able to finish it. Actually, to tell the truth, toward the end, I was very aware that I was running faster, just because I wanted to be done with running faster. ^o^

It was my first run to almost a half a marathon (20K is 12.5 miles), for Molly, it was her 4th or 5th time doing a half a marathon.

Honestly, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I thought I'd have to walk a bit, or at least be dead by the time I finished. I'm not in that great of shape, but we ran the entire time, and there wasn't a point where I was certain I would have to stop. Molly was awesome, she brought apple slices that she shared with me while we ran. I think it helped a lot.

I need new shoes. I have flat feet, and that throws off the alignment of my ankles, my knees and my stride.
I mean, look at those feet!!! No arches AT ALL! They're basically blobs. When I do the wet test, I don't see a foot, I see a blob. It's a very sad thing. I have this (and probably unrealistic) idea that if I just get a really good pair of shoes that help correct flat-footed runners, that all my problems would go away and that my feet will magically be happy, happy feet.

But right now, as it is, I'm probably going to lose two of my toenails. Both on my right foot, the middle one and the baby toe, which is horribly disfigured already. Very gimpy toes.I thought I was doing well and wouldn't lose any toenails, but on this last long run, my feet took a beating. They don't hurt now or when I'm running, they just look ugly.

On March 21st, Jackie is running the National Marathon...she's amazing. Liz and Vickie both ran the Salt Lake Marathon in 2005 (?) and 2008 in very respectable times. Crazy girls. I'm just hoping to finish before the 8 hour cutoff... ^_^


Brad and Hailey said...

Wow you're a family of runners! Yeah not me. I am totally impressed by your efforts and accomplishments! Keep it up girlie!

Jacqueline Auna and family said...

Connie-constance!! You are amazing! There's about a 100% chance that you will run it in under 8 hours!! I estimate you'll run it under 2 hrs and 15 minutes - That's my guess. You are so prepared, I'm sure you'll rock the half marathon!! I went to a running store and they reccomended a Saucony ProGrid Hurricane X for my flat feet that pronate for extra support. According to Wikipedia: "For the foot, pronation will cause the sole of the foot to face more laterally than when standing in the anatomical position." So that sounds like me and you, right? It costed about 100 dollars, but it is really worth it so far. I don't have any black toes bc it's pretty roomy (I think I got a half size bigger) and really comfortable. They are also not too bulky - I tried some on that felt like little houses on feet. (Sorry for the long comment.) GAMBATTE and you're awesome! love you.

Shan said...

I'm so proud of you!! Seriously, you're my hero. I've always wanted to run a marathon. I feel like i'm living vicariously through you. :)