Bigger IS better

I got new running shoes yesterday! It’s been on my to-do list forever. My running shoes were old, beaten up, and I knew they were doing absolutely nothing as far as supporting my legs that were doing more and more running lately. Yet somehow this errand kept on getting pushed back to the end of the to-do list week after week. Well I’m happy to report I finally crossed it of the list. Man I love crossing things off my to-do list. OCD much? Nuh, just organized! πŸ˜†

I went to Marathon Sports for my shoes. I needed expert advise and these guys really know their stuff. They made me take my shoes off and watched me walk. Then they brought a pair over that seemed comfortable to me (which means I would totally have bought it on my own) but apparently was not supportive enough (that’s what the guy said after watching me walk and jog in them). Apparently I do something weird when I walk, which potentially has been the cause of my right hip hurting lately after my runs. Anyways, after another 3 pairs, I think I got my perfect pair. Actually there were 2 pairs I couldn’t decide between; they were both comfortable and the more I thought about the more confused I got. So after walking around in them for what seemed like ages, I just picked with my gut. I hope I picked “the right one.” But in any case, what I really wanted to mention is that my new shoes were a whole size larger than my usual pair of running shoes (9.5 instead of 8.5). In fact every pair the guy showed me was a whole size larger than I’m used to. It was very strange to see myself in shoes so large, with my toes not touching the front at all but the expert salesperson said this is a very common mistake that people make. That is get shoes that are too tight. Apparently our feet swell up (or expand) during our runs and that’s why we need all this extra room. I’m sure you’ve heard of marathon runners getting black toe nails and even toe nails that fall off during their training. Well, that’s because their toes keep bumping up against their tight shoes! This is crazy. What’s even crazier is that a few months ago I actually got a black toenail, which I knew was from running but thought I didn’t get a pedicure in time and that it was my fault. This could have been the case but if my shoes were a whole size larger, then maybe my toes (all 10 of them, not 9) would still be pretty :) I think I screwed one up forever thought :( So my message to all of your today – protect your toenails and make sure you have plenty of extra room in the front of your shoes. Bigger IS better!

These are the beaus. Actually I think they look like giant’s shoes, but I’m sure I’ll get used to them.


I took them for a 30 minute tempo run outside today, and they did really well πŸ˜‰

Food today was kind of random. Actually it was ok until dinner, which basically never happened. I had a snack which kept me full for a while (the hummus one), then all I wanted was another snack, and then another snack. Overall I’m happy with my eats because I ate exactly what I wanted. Maybe this intuitive eating is for me after all πŸ˜€


Packed for work: mixed greens, grape tomatoes, fresh summer squash, black lentils, goat cheese + grilled chicken.


The lentils are hiding!


+ some unpictured Kashi crackers.





+ a few more almonds. Roasted almonds are the best thing since sliced bread. Yup. I think that’s why I’m obsessed with Barney Butter. Definitely the roasted almonds.


And that’s how you do Sunday when you have to work and your husband is at Mohegan Sun hanging out and gambling with his buddies (can we trade lives?). How was your weekend? Are your running shoes bigger than your regular shoes? Are you enlightened by these “larger-shoe news” or think the salespeople at Marathon Sports are crazy? πŸ˜†

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26 comments to Bigger IS better

  • My running shoes are also bigger than my regular shoes and I have had zero toenail problems. My only issue with them is that I have narrow feet, so I have to tie my laces a special way to make the shoes stay on without slipping. (See the last video on this site,7120,s6-238-267–12334-0,00.html)

  • yay for new kicks!

    p.s. i love your nail polish in that banana shot!

  • love the new running shoes! The toenail thing makes perfect sense! Crazy that it doesn’t occur to us more often!

    Your lunch salad looks delish!

  • Yep, my running shoes are always bigger than my regular shoes. I still have black toenail problems though – I think this might be because one foot is slightly bigger than the other. They don’t bother me so much though – I just use dark polish. πŸ˜‰

  • Great eats!!! I just got IE! I cant wait to read it!!!
    YAY for the new shoes!!!

  • Molly

    I got my shoes at Marathon Sports (also a size large) and have loooooved them. It is amazing what a difference a good pair of running shoes makes!

  • New running shoes are so exciting. It’s too bad that good ones are so expensive.
    It’s funny how sizes vary. I bought a pair of Converse shoes that are an entire size smaller than what I usually wear.

  • K

    Woohoo for new shoes!! They look great (and NOT giant)!

    I think you’re on to something with the Barney Butter because I love BB and I also love roasted almonds πŸ˜‰

  • Hi Elina,

    It was great meeting you on Friday night too! I think I have the same running shoes which I also got from Marathon Sports. I didn’t need a bigger sized shoe though. Enjoy the shoes – I love them!

  • Oh my goodness, I am so glad you got the “upsized” talk from the shoe guy! Most folks don’t know that runner should be upsized! Actually, some shoe brands only suggest a half size up (Asics being on of those) but most are a full size!

    I will say that you can still have black toenails even with that but that’s only happened to me during full marathons.

    You will get so used to wearing your training shoes a size bigger that it’ll feel funny to get “regular” sized shoes!

    Happy Monday!

  • Elina

    Shelly – thank for that video! :)

    Jenny – thanks! I was going for something a little different with that nail polish. I like to change things up once in a while πŸ˜‰

    Haha, Daria – good solution!

    Jenny, so glad you got the book! I think it’s important to read it before making judgements about the message. I am truly starting to believe that I CAN eat intuitively and lose weight (or at least become happy with where I am currently). I do think that I have the benefit of already being quite knowledgeable about nutrition and actually like healthy food and exercise so the only thing I have to “solve” is my relationship with food, and then I’ll be good. I really think I’m making serious progress! It feels great!! πŸ˜€

    Molly + Heather – looks like all of us Boston runners go straight to Marathon Sports for our shoes. The people there are so good, aren’t they? I feel like I’m not messing around anymore by just buying shoes that are cute and on sale πŸ˜€

    K, I think I am too πŸ˜‰

    Heather – how come this is not common knowledge? I was so shocked by this news!! Spread the word! :mrgreen:

  • That is so interesting about the shoe size ! Uh oh, I wonder if my new ones are too small? Today I did a “break in” run and noticed that when I was done there was already some wear in the toe area!

  • …I just tried on my shoes and felt the toe and they are way too small!!! I am going back to the running shop tomorrow! Thank you :)

  • Beth

    I got my last pair of running shoes at the Marathon Sports near Harvard. It’s so funny, I remember exactly when they gave me the 8.5 shoes (I wear a 7.5 normally) and I put them on and felt like I was wearing clown shoes! They were so big and bright and looked so silly on my feet. Those guys know their stuff though, and I haven’t had any problems since I bought those shoes. I used to be really prone to shin splits, but the new clown shoes made it all better :)

  • Congrats on the new shoes!!! Mine are a 1/2 size bigger than regular (8.5 shoes and i’m only 5’2″/5’3″ – eek, right?) Your eats look fab too – especially the salad! :)

  • sister inna

    wow looks like i need to go get me some new running shoes! maybe that’s been my missing link πŸ˜‰

  • Eve

    I agree new shoes are so important! It can really improve your running and help prevent injuries.

    That chocolate covered banana looks amazing!

  • yup, definitely bigger! and imagine when they’re a size 11 1/2 πŸ˜‰ yup i have big feet, made bigger by my orthotics. but it’s ok!

    another day of great eats! i had the problem tonight that i didn’t want what i was supposed to have (and had to have it for it’s way too left over) led to me eating too much… bah.

  • PTG

    I linked to your website from Annabel (Feed Me, I’m Cranky) – and I’m so glad I did!

    My running shoes are definitely a size bigger – when I do gait analysis on folks (I’m a Physical Therapist and deal with athletes every day) I always recommend that they need to be larger and that people need to get the right shoes! I’m glad you had someone do this for you at the shoe store!

  • Yep, the feet swelling up during long runs is definitely true. Glad you got some new, roomy shoes πŸ˜€ That’s great that your IE is going well–your eats look delish. I love that salad!

  • Hm. I’ve come to a strange conclusion. I (sadly) haven’t been running in a few months, and I just tried on my running shoes today. They are HUGE! What happened? It’s like my feet have shrunk. :/

  • So interesting about the running shoe sizes… I have to make a trip to Marathon Sports for a fitting!

  • Elina

    Beth, haha – clown shoes is exactly how I described them to the guy, but I trust them! Glad they helped with shin splints. I’m prone to them too!

    Haha, Innz – I don’t want to feed that shopping addiction of yours πŸ˜‰

    Eve, you’re so right! Proper shoes definitely help prevent injuries – they’re so important!

    Yeah, ttfn300, I hate that feeling! Eating something because you “have to.” It sucks when our bodies rebel and just want more satisfying foods after that. I’m trying to learn to just let go of things that don’t taste great and move on to something more delicious, instead of eating both anyway. Hope today is full of more delicious eats for you! :)

    PTG – ooh, physical therapist. Now I KNOW I made the right shoe choice. Thanks for sharing your professional opinion here :)

    Tasty Health Food – keep those shoes for when you start running again. I’m sure your feet will grow into them πŸ˜‰

    Lauren, definitely go there for shoes. They are the best place to get fitted!!

  • Lee

    I believe it. My regular shoes are 8 or 8.5 and my running shoes are 9.5.

    I want to find that little sabra.

  • Elina

    Lee, we got the sabra at BJ’s (they sell them at Costco too).

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