Sunday, January 1, 2012

NOT New Year and Painful Shoes

Happy New Year!  For the new year and since I have a long weekend, I decided to do something fun that I've been wanting to do for a while - multicolored nails!  I may be a bit too old for this though.  Maybe next time I'll try darker colors.  But I still loved this - every time I looked down at my nails I would smile.  
Not so much my lil pug.
These are all Essie polishes (since I am an Essie devotee!) except for my index finger.  I have on from thumb to pinky: Essie's Smooth Sailing; Butter London's Scoundrel, Essie's Turquoise and Caicos (I hate this one - so streaky!  I had to redo my right finger 3 times it was such uneven application and got goopy in weird places), Essie's Watermelon, and Essie's Lapis of Luxury.
I guess I should've done a picture with both hands so you could see that I didn't do the same order on my other hand.  I liked the look of slightly mixed up colors.  I also used these colors on my toenails and I think I'll keep that for a while since it's so fun and my toes are safely enclosed in work appropriate shoes and boots.  I'll have to change my fingernails though tomorrow.

On a random note, I've been trying to take up running lately.  My marathon-running sister has inspired me and despite my body's insistence that it is not meant to run (seriously, I don't think my body is meant for high activity), I have always had a secret desire to be able to run easily, like a gazelle!  I've been using my ugly running shoes but wanted some new more barefoot type shoes (but not those gorilla feet shoes).  So my sister and I got a pair of Brooks' Green Silence shoes.  I loved them when they arrived!  They fit like gloves and are unique and bright.  They are also the lightest running shoes I've ever tried on.
This is a really bad angle and makes it look like I have cankles.  I do not have cankles.  I do have ginormous calves, but that's a whole different issue.

Anyways, I've been dealing with some heel pain recently and so I decided to take a break from running and did a 4 mile walk.  At first the back of the left shoe hurt but the pain eventually faded and I felt great!  During my walk I saw a man running completely barefoot (in 40 degree weather too!) and thought to myself, "Damn that man is crazy!  He should get barefooty shoes like mine instead!  I love my shoes - lalala!"

I came back and took off my shoes and to my horror saw the entire back of my left heel covered in blood!  The inside of my shoe was also blood soaked.  It was horrific - so much blood everywhere!  I tried cleaning out my shoe and by the time I was done it looked like I had murdered someone and was doing a sloppy job of cleaning up.  I actually have pictures that I sent to my family, but I think it's too gross to post here.  I'm so mad at my shoes!  Argh!

I'm going to try them again after my heel has healed (hehe) from the scraped skin and the plantar fasciitis, but will be sure to properly cover that spot on my skin and will take it slowly in breaking them in.  Maybe wear really thick and tall socks next time.  But if this happens again, I'm done with these high-backed shoes!  They'll be dead to me!  But, the bigger problem at this point is my plantar fasciitis which is not getting better and has totally derailed my running.  This is not good, especially since I now eat way more than I used to.  With the inability to do any exercise that puts pressure on my heel, I am going to have to seriously scale back my eating.  Sigh.  But those potato chips are calling to me!

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