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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Shoes? Yes Please.

On Thursday and Friday of last week I had the two worst runs I’ve had, likely since I first started running. On Thursday I started out okay and then my legs turned to lead and my shins and calves started hurting so much that I had to walk back home. On Friday it was even harder! I wanted to cry. I’d been doing well, slow but steady, and now I hit a road block. I decided to post on facebook and see what my friends had to say about the problem:

Last Saturday night I ran 8 miles without a problem. On both my Thursday and Friday runs my legs hurt more than they hurt even when I first started running and I could barely run a mile. Advice?

Here are the replies I got. I’ve used initials to identify who was replying!

HM: Where in your legs?? What was he longest run you had done before that?

Me: it's hurting in the shins/calves. that wasn't my longest run overall and not the first time running 8, but the one right before that was 2.

LK: Wow first of all, props on the long run!! But the only time I've ever had shin pain like that was from bad shoes. You wouldn't think that would come on all of a sudden though...?

Me: thanks. I don't know my shoes are the same as they have been since June. I may need new ones but this does seem pretty sudden!

UZ: sounds like shin splints. if you upped your run by 6 miles, that probably did it. When you mix a long run in shoes that might not be good for long runs, that'll happen. Try some cushiony insoles and ice/heat your shins. Also stretch really well. I remember those quite vividly from playing tennis & soccer.

LM: i was going to say it could be the shoes. and wow 8 miles?! that's great!!

SL: I was going to say shin splints. I agree with UZ.

Me: yes but this didn't happen two weeks ago when I did the same pattern! (2 friday, 8 sunday, 5 thursday, 2 friday, then the 8 last saturday night followed by the pain this thursday). I do have inserts in my shoes. my shins don't hurt when I'm not running either! hmm.

AR: Was there something different about the run? More up hills? Faster pace? Anything that could have worked the legs harder or differently?

Me: just that it was at night.

MP: Agree. Shin splits and it is all about the shoes. There are some great running stores here but that is getting close to your race for breaking them in....

AK: Were you wearing the same sneakers?

MP: Actually you'd have a month.. pretty good timing

Me: no the race is on november 10 only 2 weeks later. I could go here, but I was wearing the same shoes as always! (new in June, got the inserts about a month ago).

LM: try changing your shoes. seriously...i had an issue (well still do since i pulled a muscle in my left food) around august and bought new shoes. they made such a difference!! and i would def go see a dr to rule anything else out (pulled muscle, shin splints)

MP: Sara says it's not the shoes.... pavement runs can do that if you are used to treadmill. Did you change location?

Me: nope I've been running outside for awhile. it does seem like shin splints from the description on webmd. I need this to be better so I can keep training!!!

MR: 8 miles?!??!? What a woman!

MP: Can you mix in some treadmill or trail running? The softer the surface the quicker you heal. But don't stop running entirely or your body won't adapt

Me: looks like I'm switching around my schedule and doing the treadmill tomorrow. then wednesday I'll hopefully go get some better shoes.

SC: Dara, sometimes I have this problem when I dance; it's often related to a pair of shoes I wore all day BEFORE I danced. You can do a really good stretch to help prevent it: slowly rock up on your toes and hold for ten seconds then slowly rock back down and flex your toes upward and hold for ten seconds. Repeat 10 times. It might take a couple days of those, but usually they do the trick for me and it only takes a few minutes to do them. But you may want to hold on to a wall or something so you don't lose your balance.

This conversation took place on Saturday night. On Sunday morning, Dave and I went to the local running store to get fit for new shoes. It was hard to decide which pair I liked best! First of all, I learned that I needed to size up for running shoes. I used to wear a size 6.5 shoe until my feet had a sudden growth spurt (after all 3 of my kids were born, so not due to pregnancy!). So I was wearing a 7. However, the shoe expert told me I need an 8. Who knew? I tried on 4 pairs of shoes and chose this one:


 ASICS Women's Gel-Cumulus 14 Running Shoe

That afternoon I ran on the treadmill. I had switched my schedule from a long run of 9 miles to a break week of 4 miles. I ran it slower than I might have normally run on the treadmill, but I really needed to take it slow and hope my shins heel fast. The run was still painful, but much better than the previous 2 runs. Today and Friday I am also planning on doing the same treadmill run, before venturing back to the long run on Sunday. Next week I will also be able to get back to my regular work out schedule without so many break days due to holidays!

The 1/2 marathon is in 1 month exactly! Perfect for breaking in these new shoes.


K Coake said...

Glad you got new shoes. I need to go get some as well. I'm just over 300 miles in my current pair, which is the recommended mileage at which to change them.
I'm stressing about training because I went out of town and missed a week, now I've got this cold and missed last weekend. It isn't going away and isn't looking hopeful for this week. Really bad!
I hope your shoes make a difference. If your worried about it, I would also recommend going to the Dr. If nothing else they can confirm it and physical therapy can be super helpful for most anything. They can teach you stretches and strengthening exercises that will help, etc.
Take care!

Reese said...

That's awesome that you're running a 1/2 marathon. I've been training for my first 5k in 5 weeks. Hopefully one day soon I'll be among the ranks of the marathon runners.

Do you have any tips for increasing speed? I'm trying to get my 5k time under 30 minutes, and I'm currently at 31:20, give or take a few seconds.


Dara said...

I don't have any tips because you run way faster than I do! The fastest mile I have done is 11 minutes.

What I see people saying is to do it a bit at a time, speed intervals and drills, etc! That being said after the 1/2 marathon my next goal is going to be an under 30 minute 5K, so let me know if you have any tips for me! :)

Katherines Corner said...

I bow to your awesomeness..xo

Libby said...

Yeah, it's really essential to have the right pair of running shoes. I'm not too particular about spending much on clothes and such, but for certain kinds of shoes sometimes I have to "bite the bullet." When I first started the C25K program 4 years ago, I ended up at a specialty shoe store where all the clerks were sports medicine, physical therapy people and such.

I felt awkward running around the store like that but there is where I found that I tend to overpronate, so they suggested about 4 pairs of shoes to "fix" that problem. I ended up with a pair of Etonics. And yes, they were a full shoe size larger, so I too am wearing size 8 running shoes. And it is so much better! I think I'm due for a new pair. Hope yours works out fabulously and that your shin splints and such go away really soon. :-)