Ready to Run!

Ahh the running store (Fit to Run) was AWESOME!!!!!

Right when I got there, a guy that worked there (later I found out he was the owner of the store) confronted me and asked me if I needed help. I said I desperately did, and handed him an anthropologie bag full of my stinky old running shoes! I told him the exact problem, he took a brief look at my old shoes, and then he stuck me on the treadmill in the store to video tape my stride. After rewatching the video of me running (it was pretty cool!) he said he couldn’t believe I’ve been running so long like this. My ankle was going every which way and completely collapsing on itself with every stride I took. Basically, he told me that I am a severe overpronator and have been wearing the complete wrong shoes for years.

He brought out a bunch of shoes + insoles for me to try on and I ended up going with the Brooks Adrenalines with orthodics stuck inside them. When I put on these shoes and ran on the treadmill again to be taped, my ankle was completely straight in a line and the pressure was evenly distributed along my entire sole. Basically, I got all balanced out! It felt SOOO good and I can’t wait to try them out tonight on a run!


The store was HUGE and sold fitness clothes and equipment! I could have spent hours….they also had a sandwich and smoothie bar so my mom and I got turkey sandwiches for lunch! Here’s mine on whole wheat bread with swiss cheese, roasted turkey, mustard, spinach and tomato:


I was so hungry I ate in the car on the way home! I also had a plum and some blueberries once I got home.


And this morning, before we headed out to the mall, I snacked on this little cottage cheese snack from my parent’s fridge.


A little sweet, but yummy!

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  • VeggieGirl
    August 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous experience/trip to Fit To Run!! So glad that you were able to find what you were looking for, AND have a delicious lunch there 🙂

  • Jenny
    August 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm


    This post is kind of late, but just for the record I liked your roses way more than your teacher’s swan 😉

    BTW: That sandwich looks really fresh and yummy!!!

  • Josie
    August 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I remember those cottage cheese cartons from when I was a kid! I used to eat the lemon flavored kind! Now I can’t find them anywhere… 🙁

  • Andrea
    August 30, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    pretty shoes! very patriotic! i love places that actually watch you run and give you a shoe that works best for your foot. i love that cottage cheese with the fruit – but the jelly part is definitely too sweet to eat alone

  • pepper
    August 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    That’s great about your shoes – I had the same problem for years as well. And if they didn’t tell you this in the store, make sure not to run too long/hard right now. Since your legs aren’t used to running this way, break them in slowly. I’m happy for you!!!

    Also the Aeropress makes the best cup of espresso without a machine. It was worth every penny:

  • hk
    August 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    yes! The “right” shoes make SUCH a difference!!!

  • HangryPants
    August 30, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Jenna, I’m so glad to hear that you had a good experience at the running store. I’ve been thinking about going to one for awhile because I think I might also be wearing the wrong shoes. It makes sense that everyone’s feet are different and therefore, specific shoes are best for different people. Please let us know if you think you got the right pair after using them for awhile.

    Have a great Saturday!


  • Bethie
    August 30, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    Long time reader, first time commenter (first time ever, on any blog, anywhere…don’t you feel honored?).
    New shoes are always so motivating for me!
    I had a couple questions for you, to satisfy my own runner curiosity:
    1.) I know you do suicides, which I give you a lot of credit for. In the course of your training, do you plan on doing any hill work too? Most of the training plans I do involve hills, which I dread doing, but love the results of.
    2.) When you first ran 15 minutes straight outside (congratulations on that, by the way!), you mentioned that you could run forever on a treadmill. Do you run with any incline on the treadmill?
    I’m sorry if you’ve answered either of these already, I don’t read your blog as religiously as I should. 🙂 Thanks, and you’re doing a great job!!

  • Sara
    August 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Did you go to the running store in Orlando? Where is it? I really need to find some shoes b/c I’ve been having some knee problems and I know I don’t have the right shoes.


  • Christie
    August 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Isnt new shoes so exicting especially when you know they are going to help so much… bet you have an awesome run tonght!

  • jenna
    August 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm


    Nope…this store was in the International Mall in Tampa. I really don’t know of any Orlando stores!

  • jenna
    August 30, 2008 at 6:00 pm


    Hills might be a problem since Florida is completely and totally flat. There are two biiiig bridges in vero beach though, each of almost a mile, and I plan to run those in place of “hill work” because it’s basically the same thing—going up and going down!

    And yes, I usually run with an incline of 1.0 on the treadmill to emulate outside as much as I can. I really hate the treadmill since its soooo boring but sometimes you just gotta do it when the weather is bad!

  • Kate(the teenager)
    August 30, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    I have the same problem as you and have the same shoes that you got today!! they are amazing!!

  • Shalane
    August 30, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    How cool! The store sounds amazing!!!

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    August 30, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    wow jenna! what an interesting story! glad to hear you figured your feet out… 🙂 run run run!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 30, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Yay for new running shoes! I’m glad you were able to get the correct ones!

  • Grounded Fitness
    August 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    i want new shoes 🙁

    im starting to get lower back pain (sharp) so i think im going to have to hit upa store like that to figure out whats going on. bleh, why does everything cost money?

    I watched an old episode of some food competition show last night where they made sugar sculptures and thought of you. not as creepily as it sounds. but that looks HARD.

  • Christie I.
    August 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Yay! I am so glad you got some new shoes!!!

  • KZ
    August 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I have the same foot problems as you. I love my Brooks adrenaline and have worn out several pairs. However, I’m now wearing Adidas Supernova sequence, so if you ever need a change, these are great!

  • Amy C.
    August 30, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Those sneakers are awesome! The running store I went to recommended those. I need to find one of those stores where they watch you run though. I have a feeling I may need inserts like you have as well. The joys of overpronation! I can’t wait to hear how the run goes tonight!!! 🙂

  • ModelBehavior
    August 30, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    How cool! Too bad there is nothing near me even close to that, maybe next time I go on vacation I’ll search for one!

  • anon
    August 30, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Hi I have a question for you about culinary school.

    I’m attending a culinary school in the fall and getting my associates in Culinary Arts then my bachelors in Culinary Nutrition. We get 3 uniform jackets and pants. Do you tend to have to wash them after every class? Also, what kind (if any) homework do you get?

    Any other helpful tips and knowledge about culinary school would be wonderful! thanks

  • sarah
    August 30, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    i have brooks running shoes too – the ‘glycerin’ model for my high-arched neutral feet. i heart them 🙂

  • jayne
    August 31, 2008 at 1:01 am

    yay! Brooks adrenalines! I’m likely on my 100th pair right now! Seriously, I buy them 4 pairs at a time. So glad that they seem to be working for you!! Congrats on the run today!

  • Talia
    August 31, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Ironically, friday I went to a running store in the city to get fitted for new shoes, since I had the baby, my overpronating got much worse, and they gave me the brooks adrenaline too! when I ran on thier treadmill with them, my ankle stopped killing. They also sold me insoles so I can wear my old asics gt2120’s for everyday wear without killing my body…

  • ttfn300
    August 31, 2008 at 1:31 am

    I LOVE good running stores!! It really does make such a difference to get feedback on your feet and running style–everyone is different (not only in their feet but gait and likes/dislikes etc), I think it’s hard to make recommendations to friends. But I’m glad things worked out and here’s to more fantastic runs!!

  • Angie
    August 31, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Love the new shoes! Sounds like you had a really good experience at the Fit to Run store. Sounds very cool!

  • runjess
    August 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I love those big running stores 🙂

  • Jill - GlossyVeneer
    September 1, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I’m a Brooks Adrenaline girl too!

    I’m glad you got straightened out, it makes a huge difference!