Monday, January 24, 2011


 My original arsenal of shoes were all a lovely set of Mizuno Wave Riders (See Picture Below).  Oh they were grand.  They got me through my first few ultras.  I know you are thinking I have an excessive amount of shoes and yes I do but they are all in different stages of wear.  Some have 300+ miles and are headed out and some have 5 miles and are on their way in.  The old shoes hang around long enough to show the new shoes the ropes, lol.  This year however I began to add the Brooks Launch into the mix, oh that is a nice shoe.  Here is the issue, all my shoes are neutral and old Doc McHotty says I need to switch it up to a Stability Shoe. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! What was that???? A new shoe?  Is that really a good idea?  I don't like change and therefore my feet don't like it either.  What to do what to do?

Here is the standoff...The new pair of stability shoes facing off with the old arsenal.  Who will win this battle?  You will have to stay tuned. 
Ok just joking...sort of.  I don't like change and all of my shoes are neutral except for this one new pair but, I am totally up for changing shoes if it helps me run better.  Old Doc McHotty  says I have a slight pronation on my left foot and therefore things track ever so slightly off and it wouldn't be a problem if I ran a normal  distance.  However over 50 or 100 miles the slight pronation and the extra work it causes up my leg begins to cause injuries.  I am actually fascinated by how one issue relates to another and how inter connected the whole body is.  It is really like the Butterfly Effect (Chaos theory) at its best (you know where a butterfly flaps its wings in NY that causes a monsoon in China, or something like that).  One little issue leads to a slightly bigger issue that leads to an even bigger issue that leads to an all out injury.  Super interesting.  So next step is to get totally healed up so I can try my new shoes. 

Wait....What???? Did I just say I haven't tried my new shoes.  Why yes, I did (so happy you asked).  I am so proud of myself.  I am now at a week and 1/2 off from running and the foot is feeling a ton better.  I think I am almost ready to try out a mile or so and see what happens.  Can you believe I have a big 50 mile race in less than 2wks and am not even stressing about not running?  I can't believe it but it is true.  I feel really happy with my decision to get this injury under control now. 

Happy Running Everyone.


Cindy said...

Baaaahahaha!!!! I love the shoe standoff! I am really proud of you for not running! Let that tootsie heal! :)

Marny said...

Nice job staying off the foot! I am way more happy/surprised to see you do something like this than I am when you finish an ultra! Because I know this is harder for you ;)

Nursing Stroller-Pushing Marathoner said...

Haha love the standoff! ROTF!