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The culprit

Monday, October 14, 2013

I figured out what caused my Achilles issue in may.

I have decided it was a new pair of shoes. I decided to try some new shoes and had a discount, so I bought a pair. I eased into them, taking them on a few shorter and slower runs. I added them into the mix, alternating runs with the new shoes and old shoes. After the injury/Achilles irrirtation, I stopped wearing them and recovered in my old shoes. I have been able to build back up in my old shoes, largely pain/irritation free.

Fast forward a few months and I go to a conference for four days. I packed my overnight bag and added in my new shoes. I did two runs, ten miles over two days (moderate distance and pace for me). Sure enough, similar irritation in my ankle.

Now I know what I did, I can stop running in the new shoes all together. Kind of an expensive experiment,even with a discount, but that's ok. I ran today at lunch in my old shoes, 4 mi in 32:30, with little to no pain (some residual soreness in the ankle, but no new irritation or pain).

I don't want to bash the new shoes, I have a few friends who love them and won't run in anything else. They just didn't work for me.

I just passed 810 miles this week, 190 to go, on track to make it!

Happy running everyone!
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TRI_BABE 10/20/2013 5:22PM

    Glad you found out the problem and can keep running! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLCRC 10/17/2013 8:29AM

    Shoes are so frustrating! New year of same shoe changes just enough that sometimes it doesn't work and then you have to start all over trying to find one that feels good. And you can't tell until after a few LONG runs...

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/17/2013 1:54AM

    Before I started running I figured shoes were shoes and my biggest challenge was finding one's that were wide enough...until I though to "cross over" and wear a men's shoe. Now I'm nervous because I normally wear either a Brooks or Mizuno but the store was out of both in my size back in June when I was in the US. So I went with an Asics instead and it is just about time to start using them.

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BOILHAM 10/16/2013 4:51PM

    Only 190 miles to go, you can do it. Glad you found the problem and went back to your old brand.


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MWWENSIN 10/16/2013 4:39PM

    Better ditching the shoes than dealing with the injuries.

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LEWILL1982 10/16/2013 2:45PM

    You know, it's timely that you write this blog (even if it was 2 days ago). I've been thinking about my own shoes lately. I went through 6 or 7 pairs of my trusty Saucony Pro Grids. I didnt know if I was just comfortable in them or if they really worked will for me. This last time, back in April, I bought a pair of Newtons and a pair of Nike zooms. As I've been building my mileage again, I miss my old shoes and wonder if some of my aches and pains are from the shoes. You know, if it's not broke(n), don't fix it! Thanks for the reminder, glad you figured out your pain and congrats for almost meeting your goal, you've got this!

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PMRUNNER 10/16/2013 1:33PM

    So, yesterday I got a new pair of my old shoes (new shoes, old model) and wore them on my lunch run today. Great run, no issues. The right/wrong shoes make a big differance! The only issue with the new shoes is getting used to the color. I was able to get them pretty cheap at the outlet sale price, but didn't have much choice on the color. At the price I got, I guess I can live with and/or get used to the color!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/16/2013 12:35PM

    I have a new pair of the same model I always buy. I've had foot pain since I transitioned to them. I'm starting to think it's this particular pair. Going back to the old ones and we'll see. All in all, cheaper than getting injured!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/16/2013 11:08AM

    Smart man - could be that the new shoes have less of a heel drop than your old ones???

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FITFOODIE806 10/15/2013 2:56PM

    Glad you figured it out. I stress out over new running shoes. Even when I buy the exact same pair, it doesn't feel the same as the broken in pair.

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LISAINMS 10/15/2013 2:29PM

    You wouldn't expect that to happen, but I've experienced it myself. Way to go on your cumulative mileage!

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DEBBYFROMMT 10/15/2013 9:27AM

    Bummer you had to find out after $$. I like saucony brand, but I usually run in their "hurricanes" but got some of their "guides" cheap. Needless to say those got relegated to "work outside shoes".

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NATPLUMMER 10/15/2013 8:45AM

    Glad you figured it out!

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JLITT62 10/15/2013 8:00AM

    That's too bad, but it's good that you know what caused it.

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SMITTY4RL 10/15/2013 7:59AM

    It's funny what one small change will do, isn't it? Glad you figured out the problem. Here's to pain-free running!

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NYARAMULA 10/15/2013 3:11AM

    It's good you know the culprit!

Congratulations on the mileage.

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GOING-STRONG 10/15/2013 12:35AM

    I know what you mean about shoes. Until I started running I just figured a shoe was a shoe. Found out that my hip sure knows the difference between a good and a "bad" shoe and has a real good way of telling me when they need to be replaced!

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VISUALLYRICS 10/14/2013 9:46PM

    so glad you found just the right pair of emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 10/14/2013 9:01PM

    I'm glad you found the problem. It is frustrating to pay a lot of money for shoes you can't use, though. Maybe you could mow the lawn in them...

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ROXYZMOM 10/14/2013 8:54PM

    Congratulations! You are so close! I am glad you figured out what was hurting you. Great time on your 4 miles!

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KAPELAKIN 10/14/2013 8:53PM

    Stick with what works, and GREAT job staying on course to hit 1K this year!

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JSTETSER 10/14/2013 8:51PM

    Go girl girl!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/14/2013 8:40PM

    Great job on the run. Sorry you suffered that issue, but so glad you figured it out. Best wishes for happy running! Take care. -Marsha

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BIGPAWSUP 10/14/2013 8:33PM

    Sorry about the shoes but huge CONGRATS on the mileage.

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