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Running and Orthotics

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Okay, so if you read my last blog post, you know that I was procrastinating running a bit, but had determined to go again anyway. Well, I'm pleased to report that I DID run! I'm so proud of myself. I took the dog with me, and did a 1.78 mile walk/run to the Zombies, Run! 5k training day 3. I did, however, notice that the shin pain's back.

This frustrates me; I had made it better not long ago with good, properly fitted running shoes, but it never really went away, and it started getting worse. I'm not really able to buy another pair of shoes, though, not right now. Not in the budget.

So, after some research (and watching this amazing video on shin splints from Runner's World) I decided that some orthotics would be something relatively inexpensive thing to try.

So I went and got some from the same running store I got my shoes from. They're super nice over there. The girl found me some appropriate orthotic inserts, and I grabbed a pair of compression sleeves to try out too. She mentioned I needed to remove the factory inserts before adding these... I was actually surprised to find that yes, indeed, my storebought shoes had removable inserts! I had NO idea! It's kinda cool to see the wear pattern on them. Not much of one, as I said, I haven't run much in them (or worked out at all) since I got them. But it's there. I lean a lot on the front inside pad of my toe.

Anyway, I stuck the new ones in, and went out for a quick walk/sprint up and down the street. I don't want to call the problem "fixed" until my run tomorrow when I go for an actual training run, but the difference was amazing. My shins didn't even twinge! My lungs hated me, but I was actually running father than I had managed without pain in the three previous runs! So I think the additional arch support will be an improvement.

I do need to get back to my strength training, though; I miss it terribly. I think I may start with some of those seated resistance band videos here on Sparkpeople.

Oh, and Jadomb... no holiday passes for me, please. Stay on my butt all month! I'm determined not to let the upcoming holidays derail me at all. I'm not too worried about the eating (I'm aiming for maintenance or slow loss) but fitness? That's all systems go from here on out. I'm tired of restarting my 5k training!
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    I picked up some Fila toe shoes for $30 at a black friday sale, but it turns out they are not meant to run in, and the sole is much more rigid than vibrams. Weird. I don't get them until Christmas. I just wanted exercise shoes I wouldn't have to find socks to put on. ;P

    I have been walking in my SAS shoes. They're like nurse shoes. The instep support can be moved and just feel so comfortable, it's sinful. They're ugly as sin, so that makes sense.
    1955 days ago
  • TIPPY211
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    OK, you asked for it. ;-) About orthodics.........I had major plantar facitus(sp) and got fitted for them years ago by the doctor. While I think they helped me heal up, sometimes they seemed to actually hurt my ability to stand very long without my feet hurting. But I continued to wear them.

    Then when Sergeantmajor posted how they actually do us harm by not allowing our own muscles to strengthen, I understood that. So I got me some less radical ones that had more flex than the doctor made ones and that helped me immensely. I still wear them in my jogging shoes but wear even less radical ones or none at all in my walking shoes. So I am trying to strengthen those muscles instead of just support them. But you will need to know when it is a good time to back off of them.

    Happy running....................NOW.....
    ...........SHUT UP AND SWEAT
    1962 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go!!
    1963 days ago
    Way to get back in the running game!
    1963 days ago
    My orthotics made a HUGE difference for me. Glad to hear yours did too!
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    go get 'em!
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