So Mo is amazing, absolutely amazing! That girl is an exercise animal! And she shared some really great tips with me on caring for achy feet due to heavy exercise I'd like to share with y'all:
"Also, regarding walking/running/jogging--go at your own pace. Also consult your doctor or gym trainer before starting any strenuous activity because they might be able to provide insight on what type of training programs or stretches you can do to prevent injury! Last note: It may also be your shoes and socks. Cotton kills. Don't ever wear cotton during a workout because it traps heat. I would suggest dri-fit or dri-wick material or a combination of cotton & _____, but never 100% cotton. Also, if you are doing long endurance walking or running make sure you get a shoe that is 1/2 larger than your actual shoe size to compensate for foot swelling. For example I am a size 8 shoe and I run with a size 8.5 shoe instead. = )"
So, I went to the New Balance store for a fitting, because I love NB and know large lady needs good support. Especially if I want to be an activity diva like Mo! (I would usually fit myself at Rack Room.) Dr. Derk was more than helpful and taught me sooo much! Like, I've been buying men's shoes since they're more comfortable. No wonder! Women's shoes usually come in a B width, but I'm a D. Women also usually have slimmer heels than men, which is why my heels have been slipping. I've been buying men's shoes since they are more comfortable! I also measured a size 10, and I've never bought a size 10 in my life! I have a great arch, and unless it's just for an extra cushion, an insert would cause my foot to further rock towards the outside.
Wanna know the clencher? $114!!! Yeah, they're still in the store. I will hafta save for this purchase. I have no desire to run long distances, but I would love to do some walk/run intervals regularly. OH that heel pain though! So, is my activity limited by my shoes? My weight (certainly!)? A combination of both? Could I do what Mo does at this weight, or must I halt high impact activities until I'm a bit lighter...
Pushin' through the pain!