Help Wanted

If you’ve hung out around here for awhile, you know that I’ve been battling an injury due to not having proper running shoes. Well, the journey continues.

It’s been almost a month since I went to Fleet Feet to have my tootsies analyzed so I could find a pair of shoes that would fit. I went for a short run after getting my shoes and insoles and had horrid pain in my wayward foot. It was worse than it had been previously. I’ve been going on the assumption that I waited too long to find the right shoes. But the pain got worse, so I eased up off the running and opted for taking Jake for walks.

Now, walking around, my feet feel better in these shoes than in any other shoes I’ve worn. The shoe itself fits my foot damned near perfectly. It’s the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever had. Nice and lightweight. My problem is that I’m having a real issue getting used to the insert that they recommended. It’s been two weeks since I’ve run at all! I’ve just walked the dog and focused on yoga. I’m fairly certain that part of the issue is that I don’t stretch out well enough. I found a yoga sequence on Runner’s World website that is specific for runners and I’ve been doing that religiously after I finish walking the dog. I think keeping stretched out is key to my recovery process.

SO. Here’s my dilemma:

My foot has been feeling pretty good this week and I’ve been chomping at the bit to go for a run. I’ve got three 5Ks in April and my recovery plan was to not run the first two weeks of March but then start up on an easy schedule for the last weeks before my race. I’m at that point where my workout plan calls for me to begin running again. In the back of my mind I can’t help but think that the inserts are doing more harm than good. The cynical part of my brain says that specialty stores recommend inserts for everyone because it’s an extra almost 50 bucks sale with the purchase of already expensive shoes.  I took out the inserts and put the original insoles back into the shoe, laced up, and headed out for a run. I thought I’d aim for a mile and if it was still feeling good then I wouldn’t exceed two. 1.66 miles pain free!!!!!

Where’s the problem, you ask?

What if the inserts weren’t really the problem? What if it’s just coincidence that my foot felt better during a run without the inserts, but it’s really due to taking a couple of weeks off? In my mind, if it doesn’t hurt me when I run without the inserts, I’m not inclined to put my 45 freaking dollar inserts back into my shoe. But I don’t know if that’s a stupid thought process. What if I put the insert back in, go for a run, and feel pain again? I don’t want to start back at square one. I’m not an expert when it comes to runner’s aches and pains. I am an expert in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I knew I was having an issue with my previous pairs of shoes, so I took measures to fix it.

Help!! For those more experienced in the running world, what are your thoughts? To insert or not to insert? I don’t want to do anything stupid, but I’m really leery about putting the inserts back in.

4 thoughts on “Help Wanted

  1. I haven’t worn inserts with my sneakers so I can’t attest to whether they may be an issue or not. I’m all about less “specialized” equipment the better when running! However, I can totally see how they may be an issue if they’re forcing your feet to arch a certain way.

    My suggestion is to keep going for little runs without them. See how you feel.

    Do you rub your feet over a ball to massage them out after a run? Like a Lacrosse or Field Hockey ball? That may help work out any kinks.

    • I don’t use a ball, but I keep a water bottle in my freezer and roll my foot over that after my runs. Two birds for the price of one…icing and rolling.

  2. Welcome to my world of massively overthinking injuries 🙂
    I have custom orthotics and they’ve helped a TON except I went back to the sockliners that came with my shoes this week because my right insole felt… and I’ve decided that’s what contributed to my tendinitis. I….have no answers for you. I’m taking my orthotics to my chiro today and I’ll see what happens.
    For now, if you feel okay without them, I’d go without until your April race. After your 5k I might give them another shot, but I’d be hesitant to go back and forth before a race.

    • Oh, honey, I over-think EVERYTHING! I can take the simplest issue and have it so convoluted it’s not even funny! I think you’re right about not going back and forth between now and the race. We’ll see how it goes.

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