SO...I decided to go to a specialty running store to talk to someone about shoes. I showed up without planning on having someone inspect my foot. Sorry shoe guy..I was running barefoot through the wet yard with Layla this morning and didn't wash my feet afterwards...gross! Oh well. But I found out that I do have a "very efficient foot". Which means that the shape of my foot and my stride serve their purpose very well. He drew some lines on my foot and had me sit, stand and walk. Layla found the whole show very interesting. She's really into pens right now and she's learning not to write on herself or on furniture--only on paper--so imagine her pure delight when some strange man started writing on mommy's foot. I think I actually heard a giggle out of her, so I know she was amused. We'll see if she remembers all of that this afternoon when she requests her pens and paper.
The shoe guy recommended two shoes for my "very efficient foot". I'm just going to say that over and over, btw. God blessed me with a very efficient foot--I'm pretty stinking grateful for that. Just think, I would have never been able to really thank God specifically for my foot if I hadn't started running. As a side note...for those of you who have asked me why I'm running like I am, here is part of the reason. Running makes me feel alive...it reminds me daily how fearfully and wonderfully made I am--especially my "very efficient foot".
Despite the shoe guy's very pricey recommendations, I am opting for a shoe that is known for its performance--and definitely not its aesthetics. I'm looking forward to trying it out and letting you all know what I think--for anyone who cares. Here's a hot pic of my new shoe. And the girlie girl in me (which is a pretty small part of me) thought the red in the shoe would go nicely with the new red and white polka dot running skirt I've picked out. HA!