Alternate Title: How cute, harmless looking little flats kept me from getting back to running.
I got my first pair of Real Heels the Christmas I was fourteen years old.
These weren’t glorified Mary Jane Slingbacks with a minuscule wedge ‘heel’.
These were Heels. Black, pointy-toed, nearly-stiletto slim, three inch Heels.
And I. Was. Smitten.
In the years that followed I became a connoisseur of Heels. By my early forties I had a veritable reputation and had attained Consultant/Rockstar Heel Wearing status among my peers. People asked my opinion about Heels. People gave me Heels they “couldn’t” wear. I accepted their gifts but not – at times – without a touch of pity as I took possession of My New Babies.
When my best friend was diagnosed with MS and realized her Heel Wearing Days were behind her it was me she called to come over and go through her shoes with her, and it was to me that she entrusted many pair of beautiful, slender-heeled pumps and sandals. I was to be her Proxy Heel Wearer. And I did so. But there was always a trace of guilt when I’d wear a pair from my Lisa Collection.
And then, I took up running.
At first I believed I could strike a balance between My Two Lovahs. If I only wore Real Heels on Sundays to church when I wasn’t really on my feet much, and maybe out to dinner with HCRP when I wasn’t really on my feet much, I could totally satisfy both of them: Fitness and Vanity.
That lasted about two weeks.
Then the Calf Cramps came to town. (Awesome garage band name isn’t it? “Ladies and Gentlemen – The Calf Cramps!) And The Heels – even the Lisa collection – Had. To. Go. I sent them to a good home. A dear, sweet, heel-loving, and not mid-forty year old newbie runner friend at church. And with that I resigned myself to a future filled with cute flats, and little (I’m talking less than 2″) kitten-heeled slides and what-passes-for pumps.
Spring springs and it’s time to unpack the Spring/Summer clothes and shoes. And everything is peachie-keen. After all, as I’m putting on all those clothes that have been stored since last October things are too big, too bigger, and too biggest. I’m talkin’ fall off without being unbuttoned/unzipped too big. It’s awesome!
Until this past weekend.
Saturday night HCRP and I went out to grab dinner and go see a friend play and sing at a Songwriter’s Night at a local coffee house. It was a beautiful, summer-like night so I broke out my favorite pair of summer sandals. They’re flats – like nearly barefooted flats – and all cute and hippie-strappy, and I’ve had them forever and they just make me happy to wear.
Sunday I broke out my cute, pink, kitten-heeled slides to wear to Church after which we had to run a couple errands. And by 1:30 My Left Knee was screaming.
Yes, that Left Knee.
The one I’ve been rehabbing from Runner’s Knee since February!
The one I’ve been following Chiropractor’s Orders about the care and rehabbing of.
The one that had, after two weeks of aerobic pace walking and strength training, been pain free for the entire two weeks.
Until Sunday it was pain free. Sunday it went back to being un-pain free.
Monday it was more un-pain free. Which meant no getting back to running.
Tuesday it was even more un-pain free.
And early on in all of this un-pain free-ness I knew exactly what had happened. Cute little flats and low, kitten-heeled slides with zero cushion, shock absorption, or support. Apparently this little knee of mine requires cushion and shock absorption lest it decide to get all tweaked and un-pain free.
And on Wednesday when I saw The Incredible, Amazing, Super-Genius Chiro Doc he agreed with my assessment of the cause of the un-pain free-ness.
Which brings me to the title of this post.
Remember when I said I gave away “all my heels”?
Well maybe I lied just a tiny bit.
I did keep one pair.
I kept these.
These are my Red Bandolino Pumps.
These are fairly representative of My Heels. High, sleek, sexy, and very powerful feeling.
I love and adore these shoes. Moreover, my husband loves and adores these shoes.
I haven’t worn them in months, but I do reserve the right to wear them for a special night out and most assuredly one where I don’t walk further than ten feet at a time.
These are the cute little kitten-heeled slides that were the undoing of my knee Sunday.
These are what I walked out of Payless wearing and was deeply grateful to have found in my size.
For contrast, here are the three side by side by side.
I’m going to need a moment of silence to grieve.
And to accept my heel-free, well-cushioned future.