Oy. Back to square one. I seem to have a slight issue finding shoes to run in. No, I am not here asking for what kind I should run in, I know everyone has a unique foot and should be fitted at a running store, and I have done this twice. I seem to be a special case because of my foot injury and it is driving me batty not being able to figure this out!
I started out 2012 in Newtons.
I LOVE these shoes. I had no issues in them, ran a half marathon PR in them, and they were super comfortable. But then, in June, I started to have foot pain which I went to the doctor for. At the time I didn’t consider the shoe itself as being the problem, and thought it was just me. However, my doctor told me I did need a more supportive shoe since I have a very high arch and pronate badly. It just so happened that Mizuno had sent me a free pair of shoes, and I used their awesome website to help me figure out which shoe was for me. I ended up with the Wave Inspire which was hopefully going to help.
I ran a few shorter distances in them, and really liked them until i got up to 8-10 miles, and I started experiencing hip pain. I have heard some people say these shoes may have TOO much support wich could be causing this pain. So, just as a test, I ran a long run in my old Newtons and had no hip pain…but my foot hurt, bad. Of course that’s when it hit me that these shoes were obviously contributing to my foot pain, but my Mizuno’s were making my hips hurt. So for race day I had to decide, hip pain or foot pain.
I went with the hip pain because the foot pain is so much more of an unknown, and I didn’t want to “upset” it, while I know the hip pain is just tightness associated with my IT bands. As I mentioned in my race recap, I DID end up with a bit of foot pain during my race, and slight hip pain (but not too bad, however I was on Tylenol) and I thought I was in the clear.
Then, I took my shoes off. I decided not to take a picture because it was gross. Both socks were soaked with blood. Ew. I took them off and found the source, both of my 4th toes were very bloody, on both feet. Well, I guess that means I won’t be wearing my Mizuno’s on long runs anymore. Sad. Luckily, I brought my Altra’s with me on the trip, and wore those around in the parks and had no pain. See, with Morton’s Neuroma, it’s better to wear shoes that let your toes spread out, and Altras have an awesome wide toe box.
Me and hubby in our Altra’s in Disneyland
My “issue’ with Altra is three fold. (The meaning of the box is three fold—FRIENDS anyone? 1.) They give me blisters on my heel 2.) They are a zero drop shoe, which I am not used to wearing, and don’t know if I will be ready to race in them in a month. I ran three miles in them the other day and my shins and calves were on fire. 3.) I don’t know if the zero drop gives my arch enough support.
I thought about wearing my custom orthotics inside my Altra’s to see if that helps but have yet to try it out, I may do that today. I would really really love to find a shoe that works for me and my crazy body!
QOTD: Have you ever had a problem finding the right running shoe, or any workout shoe?
*Please keep in mind I love all three of these shoe brands and am not knocking their shoes, they work wonders for a LOT of people, and encourage you to get fitted and don’t shy away from these brands!