I went back on Tuesday afternoon, which was a much better time to go because I got lots of one-on-one attention. And after trying on about 10 more pairs of shoes, I settled on the Brooks Glycerin 9. This particular brand of shoe is shaped like my foot, and it fit like a glove. I chose the more cushioned model of this shoe for comfort.
This shoe provides me with the right level of support and cushioning for my foot, and provides my foot enough room to expand (which they do when you are exercising as I recently learned). And look how bright they are! I am hoping these look like new longer since they are darker in color.
I left the running store with more than just the shoes though! I got some training tips and learned that while I am still strengthening my ankles and legs, I should be taking more frequent walking breaks (like every 5 minutes, I should walk for 1 minute). I also learned how to massage my sore spots properly and do some exercises to strengthen my ankles. Hopefully soon this will pay off and I will be running pain-free! I definitely recommend going to the Charlotte Running company for your running shoe and apparel needs. The staff is friendly and will take time with you, and ask lots of questions to help troubleshoot any issues you are having.
I am hoping tomorrow I can get a nice long-ish run in after work. We are scheduled to be released early for Halloween (at least this holiday has one perk..)
Has anyone else gotten a running injury around their ankles/shins? How did you heal?