Here are some of the thoughts I have scrolling through my brain today:
"You should've practiced more with the Garmin."
"What if the Garmin dies in the marathon?"
"Have you really trained enough for this?"
"What if you wear too much and get hot during the race?"
"Did you just slack off after Chicago?"
"Are you tapering enough?" (Ran 6 miles Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday of this week)
"What if you can't do it?"
I usually find that I will overfocus on one thing when I have all of this nervous energy. It is currently on the wear on the bottom of my shoes.
I mentioned to Rick one day that I felt like I was wearing out my shoes really quickly, more like 200 miles instead of the 300-500 miles you are supposed to be able to run in them. I told him that I start to hurt when I run in shoes with worn tread, so I replace my shoes a lot. There were something like five old pairs in our garage just cluttering it up, so Rick decided to take those over to Fleet Feet to donate them. He looked on the bottoms and told me that I really was wearing my shoes out pretty badly. I decided to take pictures and bring the old shoes in to Fleet Feet to see if someone can help recommend a shoe that is better for my foot. It is obvious that I am wearing the outside heel of my shoe out, so I did a little research on my own. Here was an article about the different types of runners--pronators, neutral, and supinators (or underpronators). Runner's World had more on supinators. This one seemed to agree with my wear pattern the best.
Why focus on this now? As I said before, I think I am diverting some nervous energy. But there are many benefits to making sure I am in the right shoe! I can think of several. Saving money on shoes that fit right and wear correctly, avoiding injuries, and just minimizing my annoyance of watching my foot striking the ground on the outside edge as a run. I have been staring at my feet as I run lately, and that's not a good thing.
Here's some pictures in case you wanted to see the evidence:
|I'd say that the outer edge is pretty worn out.|
|The black tread is separating from the shoe.|
|Another picture of the left shoe, which is slightly worse than the right. I actually notice this foot landing incorrectly as I run.|
Any thoughts/advice on the matter?