Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shoes, Shins, Shimmel!

Yesterday I broke out a new pair of Asics Gel Kayano 14's for my 4 mile run.  I have two pairs of shoes in rotation now (Pearl Izumi Syncrofinity & Asics GT 2130) but they are both nearing the end of their lives.  I figured now was a good time to break in a pair of shoes that I can wear for Big Sur in a few weeks.  So far I like them.  I am not so in-tune with little nuances of shoe differences.  To me the real test is whether or not I get injured wearing them.

Speaking of injury, my old friend, Mr. Right Shin Splint, is coming back.  Ever since getting orthotics in 2006 I usually always have a baseline tenderness-to-the-touch feeling in my right shin (vs. can't-walk-without-pain pain).  I only really get concerned when it starts to hurt when I'm actually running.  I'm busting out the ice and NSAIDs and will try to stay on top of it.  I'm planning on getting a bucket a la Runners Rambles so that I can ice bath the shin without having to actually sit in a tub full of ice.

Today I went for a beautiful 9 mile run.  That's right!  Slowly increasing my mid-week mileage.  Shoe Running joined me for a short time.  SR, I realized later I totally miscalculated the mileage and I should have turned back to the starting point with you and then turned around and finished the loop.  But I ended up tacking on some extra miles at the end.  The weather was lovely.  I must be acclimating to the sunshine and "heat" because it didn't feel quite as groggy.

I was very excited to try out my new shimmel from Oiselle.  I've had my eye on this for months (I was sent a photo of a sample before it was available to purchase) .  I LOVE it!  I've only recently gotten into shimmels for running.  A few I have are too short.  Another is a good length but rides up a little when I run.  This one is perfect.  Not too short but also doesn't creep up as I run.  Very comfy!  I want to test it on a long run, but if all goes well (and I think it will) this will probably be my new favorite race top!  I'm planning on wearing it to Big Sur if the weather is favorable.

I really love the feather.  I found this tidbit about Oiselle online:
A French word for bird, Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell) alludes to that feeling of freedom, that sense of  flight -- when the legs go fast and the heart goes free.

How can you not love that?  I love supporting runner-owned companies.  Hats off to Oiselle!

Edited to add:  Since people like the shimmel, I thought I'd mention I bought it from Team Estrogen (it's sold out via Oiselle already!).  Team Estrogen is another great company with awesome service.


aron said...

i <3 my ice bucket... i use it almost every day :) its PERFECT for the shins!!!

great job on your 9 miler! hope the kayanos keep you injury free :)

audgepodge said...

Congrats on the 9 miler! WOOHOO!

And boo - go away Mr. Right Shin Splint, we don't want you here.

L.A. Daze said...

Ooooh Oiselle has some cute stuff! You introduced me to Running Skirts, now this? Enabler!

Mica said...

I think oiselle stuff is super-cute. You have inspired me to get some. After all, I am in French grad school!

I hope Mr. Right Shin Splint goes away. His cousin, Mr. Right Shin Tightness, won't leave me alone. LAME.

bunnygirl said...

Look into getting some kinesio tape for that shin. It's available via amazon and you can find out how to use it by doing a search on the Runner's World site. You won't regret it.

I love that shimmel! I may have to get one for myself.

Anonymous said...

nice job on the 9 miler and hopefully that shin pain goes away! I heart my kayano 14s :)

Love the top! very cute and looks comfy!

Alisa said...

Great job on the 9!

I may need an ice bucket =).

Hope your Shin pain goes away ASAP.

Love, love, love that top, super cute. You have to be one of the best dressed runners out there. Always so put together.

Marathon Maritza said...

Yes, ice ice, baby! :)

My only injury (knock-on-wood) is a similar, tender-to-the-touch soreness I sometimes get on my inner left shin so I hear ya. The icing totally helps! I try to put ice packs on the area every night when I'm just sitting around watching tv.

That top is SO CUTE! I love the cut of it a lot!