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More Running Shoe Blues

In the weird way of running, my feet and legs have adjusted to the new shoes and we had a period where all was well, and now I'm developing new issues. (why hello there, Plantar Fasciitis for the first time ever!)

Things are going well, though. I'm up to 7-mile long runs though the new foot issues are threatening to slow me back down.

So tonight I ordered MORE new shoes! Salomon was recommended to me as a good brand, and reading the reviews on Amazon, this seems to be fairly universal opinion. The Salomon XR Missions were on sale (for some colors -- not for the gorgeous purple, sadly) so I ordered a bright yellow pair. We'll see if those help.

I think the way I run has shifted so it isn't so much the shoes as my post-injury feet and legs still working through to find the new normal. The Saucony's have done a great job and my once-broken toe doesn't even bother me anymore at all. The new annoyance is not even the same foot/leg which tells me it probably is a gait issue and that perhaps the Saucony's -- while helping overall and helping my weaker foot have caused me to run differently to the point where now my other leg is protesting and I need to figure out how to adjust back so both legs are happy.

Running is hard, y'all.

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wildrider
Aug. 9th, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
I may have to get a pair of those Salomons -- from the reviews they sound like EXACTLY what I need (wide? check - arch support, don't need the orthotics? check!).

Good luck!
jennawaterford
Aug. 9th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
They've arrived and I'm wearing them around the house now. They feel good. They're a bit more shoe than I'm used to but not crazily so or too heavy -- and with all the issues I've had, a bit more support is probably a good thing.

I'll report back on how they run!
davidatn
Aug. 10th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh my, I have dealt with Plantar Fasciitis forever, so much so that I have hobbled through foreign countries in pain. I finally broke down and went to a podiatrist and she said the answer is good inserts. She said it didn't matter if I bought her very expensive ones or found an inexpensive solution - they just had to work! I hauled in my box of "let's try THIS pair" of inserts and they all failed her two-finger compression test - except one. I had already figured that out because just 5 minutes after slipping them in my shoes I didn't have any pain! Yea! The brand she, and my feet, approved is Walk Fit. They run about $20 at Target, online with shipping, and I found mine on eBay for $10 with free shipping. They don't trim down, so you buy them by shoe size. (e.g., I wear a size 9 shoe, I ordered the Walk Fit "E.") I have a few pair so I don't have to switch out every day. If your new shoes still don't give you the support you need, give Walk Fit a try! http://www.walkfitplatinum.com/
You may now return to your regular postings, already in progress!
jennawaterford
Aug. 13th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info! I'll keep that in mind, but at this point, I'm just self-diagnosing and there's no reason to think this is going to be chronic. It's literally just started in the past few days and I think it started because I had adjusted my gait to favor an overly-tight calf muscle.

I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of stretching *even more* and getting the right shoe. These new ones do seem to be helping. I need to run in them a couple more times and get my foot back to baseline and see how things go from there.
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