Yesterday I mentioned that I did something kind of exciting recently. Pretty sad when this equals excitement in my life.
I finally went for another shoe fitting! While I've been happy with my shoes, I also find myself currently suffering for the third time this year of a similar injury (January 2010, April 2010). My left leg has been S-O-R-E since (and during) my long run this past Saturday. The trigger areas are behind my left knee and in the arch of my left foot. I can only assume that it's the same extremely tight calf muscle that caused similar pains before.
Each time I've had my feet assessed, I've been told that I should probably be wearing a neutral shoe, however my left foot could possibly use some support.
For this shoe fitting, the young male was very knowledgeable and thorough. I could tell he was young-ish, but I was quite impressed when I learned that he was just 17. This kid knew his stuff!
He told me the current shoe I'm wearing IS a very good fit for average running. However, when pushing into higher mileage & frequent training as I've been doing, it's not enough support - especially as the shoes near the end of their life cycle (currently at 440 miles).
His #1 suggestion for me is the Brooks Adrenaline GTS. I've never considered a Brooks shoe, but let me tell you ... they felt GOOD! I have loved my Mizuno's (neutral), but when I tried their version of a support shoe it felt very awkward. I will be getting a pair of these shoes.
I also tried on the Mizuno Wave Rider's. These are very similar to my current Mizuno's (which they no longer make that model). I still love these shoes. I'm seriously considering getting a pair of these as well, and then alternating shoes. Currently I wear the same shoes on EVERY run, which really isn't the greatest idea when you're running frequently. Certainly it can't be good to pound them that often, many times in the rain, and then wear them again the next day. If I get both pairs I should be able to get through most of the next year without needing another pair ... I hope!
I also got myself one more item. We went to another store, where I had won a gift certificate at a race earlier this year. A nifty little running hat came home with me, complete with a pony tail hole. So cool!
It was a welcome addition to Saturday's long run when it began to snow during the last 9 miles of the run.
I don't know what the next few days hold out for me. I need to run 60 miles in the next 10 days to reach my running goal for this year. Under normal circumstances I could totally do this, but with this injury I'm not sure. I'm stretching as often as I can, and tonight will do a short trial run on the treadmill to see how I feel. I've already scrapped the prospect of another 20+ mile run this year, but I'm not yet giving up on the goal.