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Gatito likes my new shoes — or at least the box

It’s Workout Wednesday! Today: Cardio Sculpt at Crunch.

I’ve never felt so self-conscious about running as I did on a treadmill with a camera on my feet. As I ran, I could see my feet over pronating. After I was done, Mac, the sales guy, and I watched the video on slow. My feet and ankles were rolling slightly. It looked painful. No wonder I rolled my ankle badly a couple months ago, and my trainer told me my hips are out of alignment.

Mac told me not to worry. He’d set me up with orthotics. Gah! What am I 70? I need inserts in my shoes? Last time I had my gait analyzed, there was no mention of overpronating. Am I slipping? Did the terrible Nikes I bought last time ruin my feet? I knew I should have stuck with my minimal, yet supportive Netwons — a pair of running shoes I loved so much I still haven’t thrown them out.

After trying a couple pairs and brands on the treadmill, I chose a pair of lightweight Saucony Fast Witches for a neutral gait. Mac cut the necessary inserts, which cost half as much as the shoes. I added a new running shirt to my bag to ease the pain of needing orthotics.

Mac told me not to worry so much about the inserts. “Almost everyone pronates slightly, he said. “My roommate and you have the same shoes and inserts. You’re shoe twinsies!”

I’d also like you to know that my new shoes say “I’m winning” and “U R losing” on the bottoms. I didn’t know this before I bought them. I’m just arrogant enough to think that’s awesome.

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