Happy Monday everyone! (And a Happy Birthday to Kyle’s brother, Travis!!)
Finding the right pair of running shoes can be quite the process. This is why I highly recommend buying shoes from a store with a good exchange/return policy. I go to Road Runner Sports, and with my VIP membership I have 90 days to test out my shoes. If they don’t work I can exchange them.
If you don’t remember, a while back my podiatrist told me to switch from a support to neutral shoe because my orthotics should correct my over-pronation. This hasn’t been a simple transition for me and I’ve been struggling with finding the right shoes for a while now.
Saturday I went to exchange my Brook PureFlows for a different pair of shoes. I’ve tried New Balance and a couple pairs of Brooks but all of them caused knee pain. After chatting with a very informed shoe salesman at Road Runner Sports, and trying on 3 more pairs of shoes, we decided I should still be in a support shoe. Why? Because even with the orthotics, you can clearly see I still pronate a little (so I don’t think using a support shoe would over correct my feet into a supination position).
The knee pain I was having (in that particular location) is common in people who over-pronate and wear neutral shoes. So, my awesome sales dude recommended I keep using my support shoes. If they don’t work out, well, then I’ll see Mr. Awesome Sales Dude in a few weeks.
So after a few months of playing around with different shoes, I am now in…the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10’s that I started with (newer model). Yep.
What a headache. It’s so frustrating when you feel like your weird feet won’t work with any running shoe. I was starting to consider a foot transplant or custom-made shoes (by elves of course).
My advice- be patient and DON’T settle. With that much pounding, your feet deserve a shoe that works with your whole body. Settling will inevitably lead to injury in my opinion. And it’s okay to get multiple opinions. Doctor’s don’t know everything and don’t necessarily know what shoe will work best for your body.
We’ll see if these new shoes work! They technically should, although I know some people can have issues with generational changes in shoes (sometimes newer generations are tighter, looser, rub a certain area wrong, etc.)
And since I know you all are incredibly interested in my workout schedule (sarcasm) for the weekend:
Saturday– nothing. Because of all the shoe testing (aka running around in shoes that don’t work for me), my knee hasn’t been too happy. Even testing out the running shoes on Saturday aggravated it. Rest up buttercup.
Sunday– Knee still bothering me so I didn’t want to run or do leg work. Light arm and ab work before house hunting with Kyle.
How long did it take you to find the right running shoe? Was it love at first unlace-slip-on-tighten-lace-up-tie-and-run?
How was your weekend?