It took me eight weeks to figure out that the pain in my right IT band, the shin splints, that ache on the ball of my foot, and the pain in my left IT band that appeared when the right IT band got better, were related to the new shoes I got at the end of May. After weeks of feeling old, out of shape, arthritic, whiny, and slow, it finally occurred to me that maybe the new shoes just weren't cutting it. I've been wedded to the same make and model for about five years now, so I had no reason to expect the new pair wouldn't work out. But sometimes the little changes they make year by year do make a difference. Even though the only difference between a 2007 and 2008 Corolla might be the placement of a cupholder, that just might matter to some drivers. My feet did not like where they put the cupholder in my new shoes.
So yesterday I trooped down to our awesome local running store and bought a new pair (pictured above). It's the make I used to wear years ago, and they fit great. After learning about my cupholder problem, Jed, the owner, even cut me a discount on the new ones. Nice! And after this morning's pain-free run, I'm convinced that the shoes really were the problem. Even nicer! Cuz it's depressing to walk around all day feeling old, out of shape, arthritic, whiny, and slow.