OK, this is my PERSONAL viewpoint on these shoes - please remember that!
Firstly, I have a severe over-pronation of my left ankle which I have been advised could only be remedied by surgery, as it is a skeletal problem over a muscular/bad posture problem. It has given my problems for a long time, and came back to haunt me more when I took up running. I was getting really rather upset that I was having to stop running because of my ankle and felt that otherwise, I would be able to run more and better.
Enter MBT. My OH bought a pair after being rcommended them to help with back and neck problems. They've made a real difference. I bought a pair a couple of weeks ago and have worn them every day. Within a week, the ankle pain has gone completely and I can run. I walk with better posture and can feel the muscles in my legs working differently when I walk/stand.
Let me stress that I still use my normal Asics for running - my MBTs are for walking only. Personally speaking, I am really pleased I bought them. They are the most comfortable shoes I own and they have given me my "running-confidence" back. I'm still slow, but now I don't feel frustrated and can see that I may be able to run farther than 5k after all!
Your question concerning a 'health-cost saving' investment I think is purely a matter of personal opinion. For me they have helped, but for you they might not. Why not go to one of the places that sells them and have a really good discussion with them? The people that sell them really know their stuff.
Roll on when Danny Baker returns, that's all I can say. I was starting to get a teensy weensy bit fed up of him... 5 minutes of listening to JG made me regret my fed-upness...
She was OK for my insomniac moments and late night listening, but not for brekky. I've resorted to a bit of cattiness over on LBC (Steve somebody or other?) until 7am, but this isn't really me either...
Oh woe is me.
Looks like its back listening to my Linguaphone Spanish...
Hmmmmmm, Sol. I was actually the most mature person in my student house (wonder of wonders!), but then I WAS the only girl!!!
Anyway, running IS better than your alternative suggestion (much, much!) even if your motiviations were not so positive. I really hope you get over the initial shock of your day just a little bit tomorrow morning, so that things seem a little brighter.
I have to say, I'm even more annoyed on your behalf than i was when I read your post earlier. If only some of these 'professionals' realised what they put people through sometimes (grrrrrr!). I can say this with some insight of the NHS as my sister in law is a nurse. Of course not all are useless, but some, well, let's leave it there, shall we?
Do you have something else you can indulge in tongith, other than the alcohol? Choccy, cake, chips etc etc? I know none are good for you, but we all need to pamper ourselves sometimes and I think you need to treat yourself, tell yourself you're worth it and generally boost your self-esteem.
Here's me rabitting on and I don't know you. Please excuse the brain-dump, just my thoughts running away with me here.