I'm sorry, but was I born to wear these shoes? Oh, mama. Come to, well, mama.
Picked up a second pair of Newton's. Why a second pair? Because a) having an extra pair of running shoes is a good idea and b) the young, judgmental college runner boy who sold me my first pair actually sold me the wrong shoes for my foot type (read: zero arches need a stability shoe) and yet, I was too intimidated to argue with him nor did I really even know better, and c) the store I bought them at has a 14-day return policy and wasn't about to budge.
Needless to say I won't be going back there anytime soon.
I won't be dropping any names here, but I will say it wasn't the wonderful running stores we have here in my fine city of St. Paul. But alas, those stores don't carry Newton's.
It's an interesting thing, the intimidation factor and running. First, you have to shop for shoes. If you're new to the sport, you have the feeling of not really feeling like you belong in the store to begin with. I remember the first time I went in to get fitted for my first pair of shoes, saying something to the effect of: "I won't say what I'm planning to do is called 'running' but…" The dude who helped me then put me at ease and got down to the business of watching me run, and getting me hooked up.
And then there's the first time you decide to go run outside. In public.
If you're like me, you still think: "Well, I know I don't look like a runner. I hope no one notices." And you know what? No one did.
Second fear, unfounded.
But then there's the fear of, "Well, what if I get out there and realize I can't do this?" And that's one that you just have to prove to yourself that you actually can do this. That's what has been the most remarkable thing to me: I can do this. Who knew?
Third fear, unfounded.
I'm toying with the idea of doing my first 5K this Saturday. I still haven't fully committed to it mentally, but I've got my pit crew assembled and at the ready (Dan, Aidan and Cole) and they've agreed to document me crossing the finish line. I just have to figure out how to wake them all up early enough.
See, I have this fear of being in a race with other people, and seeming slow or tripping, or looking silly, or any number of other running-related fears.
And I'm guessing when all is said and done, we will also be adding those to the "Unfounded" category in no time at all.