Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year, New Shoes

This feels like a betrayal to the Brooks Pure Flows that have served me well for 2+ years and 2 marathons, but after dealing with recurring injuries this fall, I'm switching from a minimalist shoe to a stability shoe.

I read Christopher McDougall's Born to Run in 2012 which convinced me to A. Sign up for a marathon, and B. Try a minimalist shoe. (By the way if you haven't read it yet, it's my favorite running book of all time.) I love the Brooks Pure Flow and I credit the shoe with turning me into a midfoot/forefoot striker.

But starting this October, I've had this annoying knee/ankle pain and inflammation that doesn't seem to be going away. I took the month of December off of running and I plan to slowly ease back into it. Even though I know that a running shoe alone won't solve all my problems, I think it might help. Recent race photos seem to indicate that I'm landing on the outside of my foot when I run, like in this photo from a 10k in November.

Gran Maratón Pacífico 10k in Mazatlán 

I also plan to incorporate some hip/glute strengthening exercises into my routine, because I suspect my IT band and hips have something to do with it.

The guy at the running store gave me stability models to try from Brooks and Saucony, but the Mizuno Wave Rider 18 felt like it was made for my foot. I have a good feeling about these shoes and am really excited to try them out. So far I've only taken them grocery shopping.

Aren't they pretty? I'm in love :)
I'll let you know how it goes.
P.S. My fiancé would like everyone to know that he is the one who originally suggested Mizunos.

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