In an earlier post I gave a review of the Asics GT-2000’s…the most beautiful pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. Unfortunately, what started off so great came to an abrupt, sad ending. I just took them back today.
Why? Because I started to experience serious pain in my arches! This has never happened to me in my entire life! The Asics are so-called “stability shoes”…I overpronate and these shoes are supposed to compensate. But my feet weren’t feeling that at all.
I really did give an honest effort with the shoes over the several weeks that I’ve run with them. At times they feel really good, but the foot pain kept getting worse, and I freaked out. I emailed my sports medicine doctor and he said it sounded like plantar fasciitis. I started doing stretches at home, and I even got a golf ball and started using that to massage my feet…but the pain never went away.
On Tuesday, I went to my primary care doctor. Again, a sheet full of useless stretches was handed to me along with a prescription for pain killers. Oh yeah, and I bought some Dr. Scholl’s. The only useful recommendation was to go back to the running store and try to exchange for a proper pair. So that’s what I did today.
Back to Rittenhouse Sports. I’m so sad that the Asics didn’t work for me. I walked for the store owner again and this time she said I definitely overpronate as I barely took 3 steps. She asked what I’ve worn before so I mentioned the Newtons and the Brooks Ghost 4’s. Again, she was shocked that the Ghost’s worked for me since they are not stability shoes. At this point, I don’t know what works for me, what feels right… Even if I was running more than usual, I NEVER had foot problems.
The theory right now is that my feet are adjusted to wearing non-supportive shoes. So I tried on two different pairs of Brooks shoes, the Ghost 5’s and the Dyad 7’s. (affiliate link) I don’t really get it, but here we are. After walking and running around with one of each shoe and then both full pairs a couple of times, I went with the Ghost’s, once again. It did have a familiar feel, though I can’t help remember that I was wearing Ghost 4’s when I had my worst knee problems (though looking back they are most likely attributed to overtraining).
The good thing is that the shoes are pretty, which helps. The Dyad’s were the most hideous shoes I have seen in a long time! Plus, they were very cushiony, so I didn’t want to fool myself into believing they’d work, like I did with the Asics.
Since I was able to return my shoes and get a slightly cheaper pair, I’ve got a new pair of socks! They feel great to the touch, so I’m looking forward to wearing them. Thankfully, I’m not one to get blister pains…
In any event, right now, trying on shoes and running is moot. I was advised to avoid running and pounding pavement for a week, so I did not run, nor did I do my Core and More class today. My feet are still in pain as I type this. I’m really hoping that the new shoes work, so hopefully next week I’ll be able to SLOWLY put them into practice. The store owner at Rittenhouse was shocked that my body essentially rejected motion control shoes. I still think I need to see a podiatrist…who knows what my body is up to.
Please wish me luck that my new shoes will work! 2013 has been a very trying year for me. I actually have a 5K coming up on September 8, and I’m hoping I’ll have my act together in time to be able to perform well.
Patience is key! One day I’ll get it!