I have not worked out at all this week. Yup, you read that right. I have sidelined myself due to what started out as my Xbox Toe injury and turned into me hobbling around like an old lady complaining to anyone who will listen about my arch pain.
Allow me to tell you more than you ever wanted to know about my feet. They are a size 7 1/2 AAA. Not triple A as in they will help you if you ever become stranded by the road triple A, but AAA as in very narrow. They also have high arches. Now if I were to actually buy shoes that really fit me instead buying cheap ones from Target, it would cost a lot. If truth be told it is not even the cost that is stopping me from buying narrow shoes, it is the inconvenience of it all. I don’t like shoe shopping. I never have because nothing ever fits and if it does fit it is either hideous looking or heinously expensive. And I am frugal.
The first week I rocked my Xbox/Kinect workout I did it barefoot. Yup, I ran through the streets of Manhattan and London barefoot. The second week, fearing rug burn of the toe, I wore my plastic bottle New Balance shoes that I won free. They look funky, fit fairly well because I can pull tight the laces, but they have no arch support. Here is my trifecta of workout blunders that in the end took me down.
- When I wore shoes I wore crappy ones for working out.
- In my eagerness to destroy my muffin top, I worked out longer and harder than my goal causing my feet to start cursing me. Actually the fact that I enjoyed working out helped to drive this.
- And, this is a big one – my inability to control the technology behind my workout program. If you flail wildly with your arm and hand at just the wrong time, the Kinect thinks you want to replay the workout you just completed instead of what you really want to do which is go to the menu and selecting something easier allowing you to catch your breath and not die. I flail at the wrong time often and then instead of standing there like a dork, I actually do the same grueling workout back to back. It hurts. And apparently my left arch decided to protest. Husband is starting to think I should go see a doctor but since my foot is still attached to my person and I can put weight on it, I continue to tell him I am fine.
So there you have it. I have been researching exercise shoes for people who have annoyingly high arches and am steeling myself for a trip to a real shoe store. If you have high arches, are frugal, and have found shoes for walking and running that you love, please let me know. I will let you be my personal shoe shopper and I will pay you in homemade cookies.