September 25, 2008

Mini Tank Invasion During the Disney Marathon

There are days I’m thankful that I’m 43 and not… oh… let’s say… 13. Because at 43, you really don’t give a crap how something looks and what people think, if there is a purpose involved, where at 13… you do.

That’s not to say I’m ready to wear the old lady boxy beige/brown leather/vinyl orthotic shoes I’ve written about. But that’s not because of what others think, but pure ego on my part.

I just flat refuse.

So let us recap:
I’m injured.
I’m waffling between getting better and not (my body is waffling… I WANT to get better)
My podiatrist SWEARS it is not my shoes; I don’t believe him.
I spend too much time on the internet researching posterior tibial tendonitis and the other symptoms I’m having.
I have a friend who is a marathon runner and a physical therapist who works with feet and ankles, and…


That’s it.

In the back of my brain, I’ve not believed my podiatrist. Today I met with my friend who is a PT and does a lot of foot and ankle work. An hour later she said, “Not only is it your shoes, but your orthotics don’t do what you need either. If your orthotics had posting, you’d be fine, but it has no posting, and neither do your shoes.” (Posting adds stability in orthotics. My orthotics are rounded in the heel... posting along the inner heal would not allow my foot to cave in... it would be like a wedge, keeping my heal up.)

Essentially my ankles are caving in when I run, and it causes the swelling in that tendon as well as the tendon that runs along the OUTSIDE of my knee. When I told my podiatrist about the outside knee tendon pain (ITB), he said he thought I could have some back problems.


The internet said they’re all related.

And on the side of my podiatrist, he made me the correct orthotics for my issues. I have plantar faciitis, and the standard of care for those orthotics is no posting. (From what I’ve read…) Unfortunately, I just have more than one issue.

And so I went to a special shoe store today, told them my deal, and he fitted me with… truly… the ugliest pair of shoes I have ever seen in my life.

How ugly, you may ask?

You know a shoe COULD be ugly when he tells you that it has ‘a roll bar’ to keep the motion under control.

How ugly could they be?

You know a shoe COULD be ugly, when you run through the store and the 80-90 year old women, give you the two thumbs up and tell you that those are their favorites. You think I jest.

I do not.

I had a cheering section… me being the youngest person in the store by 40 years.

How ugly could they be?

My shoes are so ugly, that on my feet they look like wide white tanks rolling in for an invasion.

My shoes are so ugly that it is only magnified by the fact that my 5’2” frame is now wearing an EIGHT WIDE.

In white.

And if white makes a woman’s butt look big, so it does the same for feet.

My PT friend who is 5’6” and wears and 7 1/2 said to me, “Wow. It must be kind of tough being your size with well… such large feet.”

I said, “And let us not forget wide and flat. Dr. Seuss wrote books about my feet.”

My shoes are so ugly, that the boys looked at them and Bones said, “Mom. Don’t old ladies where shoes this ugly?”

There was a pregnant pause in the car.

Mr. T said, ‘Nice…’

Bones said, “NO! I didn’t mean YOU were old. I mean. Mom. These are old lady shoes.”

Mr. T said, “You’re not making it better…”

And so I give you my New Balance 1123, WIDE, shoes, shown HERE in what Morrigan said are obviously size 5’s. The smaller the shoe the more acceptable they look… with the exception of those boxy brown/beige vinyl/leather shoes. Those are NEVER acceptable.

And for a better look, click on the sole view and you can see how boxy they really are.


They have a roll bar.

Mr. T said to me, upon pulling one out of the box, “These are HUGE. And WHITE!”

White tanks.

I’m a bit aghast… but if it gets me over the finish line, I’m cool. I just need to get past the finish line, without a rupture.

I’m shaking my head at how my goals have changed. Once it was to complete it in six hours… then I moved it to 5.5 hours as I picked up speed… now my lofty goal is just to complete without a tendon rupture.

I think these tanks should do the trick… and then some.

Posted by Boudicca at September 25, 2008 09:10 PM | TrackBack

Not Brooks Beasts, are they?

Posted by: PeggyU at September 25, 2008 09:31 PM

Oh I wanted those Brooks. I tried some Brooks on. I had the NB on and then tried the Brooks. The Brooks were sleek and looked like... true running shoes. But... they didn't have my size and I need this fixed NOW... and so I had to settle for the white tanks.

I so loved those Brooks. They were a baby blue. My feet looked... smallish.

Now I look like I had a foot transplant from the StayPuff Marshmallow man.

Posted by: Bou at September 25, 2008 09:38 PM

Here's the deal. Whatever shoes help you through so you don't hurt yourself. PERIOD. It doesn't matter what you wear when you run - as long as it gets you through in one piece.

As long as you don't take to wearing them to the grocery store or (better yet) out sight seeing while wearing khaki pants and a polo shirt... all is well.

However, if you show up in the airport wearing them along with a velour track suit - I'm sure we can find an equally nice white tie behind jacket that will fit you too. ;-)

Posted by: Teresa at September 25, 2008 09:40 PM

Oh trust me, if it had bothered me, truly bothered me, I wouldn't have bought them. But I can't have damaged feet. I cannot. I cannot rupture this tendon, I have to make these feet last!! As I told him, "I'm 43, not 13, get me shoes that work."

And nope... they aren't going to publix!!! They are my RUNNING SHOES!!

Posted by: Bou at September 25, 2008 09:53 PM

Not a runner but I had to get men's shoes because I couldn't find anything in my size. In white no less. They definitely have a wider heel and I'm not getting the heel pain when wearing them.

Now, to make you feel like you have teeny tiny feet. Our home took delivery this week of these puppies -- picture strapping on keyboard size shoes --
Yep -- in white -- size 17 for a fifteen year old. I really dislike feeling like I too have to wear transformer feet and the youngster gets pats on the back in the locker room from the varsity guys. "Dude - those are huge!"

Hope these work well for you.

Posted by: cin at September 26, 2008 01:31 AM

There is a reason why my two sons are STILL wearing extra wide shoes... and it does not match my hubby's feet. You'll be fine... if you don't like white, die them in the washer with some red clothes. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at September 26, 2008 05:09 AM

Either I clicked the wrong link, or I am really off on what's ugly, but Bou, those shoes look just fine to me. They look like what I wear.

Posted by: Roses at September 26, 2008 08:37 AM

Roses- It is the width and the computer doesn't show it so much... the sole view does more. They're just really chunky shoes.

But I showed them to my husband this morning and he is kind of into the orthopedic area, but on an other part of the body, and he said, "If I was going to design a shoe... this is exactly what I'd have it look like for you."

We were laughing that there is nothing sleek and sexy about it... these new high tech sleek and sexy running shoes. These are fully functional high mileage shoes that give a whole crap load of support... there is NO motion in this shoe, and its obvious in all its chunkiness.

But the beauty of it is seeing it on my feet. They are really really big. As Cin put it, I have transformer feet.

Then again... I'm not into esthetics. I'm into functionality from the car I drive, to the clothes I buy to... the shoes I run in.

Cin- I'm still laughing. Size 17. To men... bigger is better. Holy crap, that cracks me up.

Posted by: Bou at September 26, 2008 09:01 AM

Bou those shoes look absolutely normal ... and yes I am familiar with their larger sizes ... my son has feet like Jeremy in Zits (shoes large enough to cause household accidents).

But really Bou, the only time men look at a woman's shoes is when she buys new ones and the man is directed to look at the shoes.

Anyway, all running shoes are ugly.

Posted by: The Thomas at September 26, 2008 10:52 AM

You'll just have to take a picture of your feet in the tanks for us to truly appreciate the boxcar effect.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 26, 2008 02:07 PM

Bou - You wanna see ugly shoes? Next time you see me, check them out. They're boats.

Posted by: Denny at September 27, 2008 08:42 AM

Having small feet is no joy either, especially since manufacturers have decided that girls don't need half sizes anymore and have stopped making them.

So it's either where a shoe that is a little tight or wear a shoe that is a little to big.

And they have also started putting crappy bows and flowers on shoes so I am really limited to what I can buy now.

It really sucks having small feet (size 4)

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 28, 2008 11:58 AM