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12/6/15 9:27 A

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This is an interesting question. I also have had the thought that my ideal shoe for running would be different from my ideal shoe for walking. I ran for a year or so before going to a running store to get fitted and advised on the best shoe for me. Don't wait if you haven't! My feet were so happy when I got the better fitting, right style for me shoes!

But I also walk my dogs a lot. That is when I hurt my heels because when they get excited and pull, I sit back on those heels and drive them into the sidewalk. At least once on every walk, I get that bone-jarring stomp that I regret later. Then I'll feel that sore heel for a bit during the walking portions of my runs. I will look into those heel inserts. Sounds like a perfect solution to take care of the heels when needed, rather than wearing a different shoe that usually isn't quite right.

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I would also add that going to a running specialty store could help you find the "right" shoe. I have been wearing Brook's Glycerine for years after seeking professional guidance. Good luck.

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11/30/15 6:30 P

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I remembered the brand name of the simple (flat) cushioning insole that you can place underneath your regular insoles: Spenco.

Go to Amazon.com and search for:

Spenco heel cushions
Spenco comfort insoles

I have used these with great satisfaction. There aren't terrible thick so don't crowd your foot. They don't break down and mine seem to last forever. I move them from shoe to shoe.

Currently, I have a Spenco heel insert in my right shoe only because that leg is shorter than the other. Works like a charm. I used to use the confort insoles, too, to cushion the entire foot with an additional heel cushion on the shorter side. They are easy to cut to suit the shape of the shoe or the place you need cushioning. If you are only using a small piece, you may need to anchor it. I use a small dab of the stuff designed to keep things anchored to a shelf (bought at Container Store).

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You can buy heel cushions for shoes. When I wore the Free's, I replaced the insoles that came with them with Superfeet insoles. I was looking for more metatarsal cushioning, but the Superfeet come in several versions. There is also a flat (green) cushioning insole that can be placed underneath the regular insoles for extra cushioning. I've forgotten the brand, but a good running store, or REI, should be able to help you. There are a number of brands of customized insoles for running. Truly minimal shoes don't have separate insoles, but the Free's do.

I would not advise switching to a walking shoe, however. They are not designed for the type of stride used in running.

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I did my one (and only, so far) HM using 60/30. I can't say that I really power walk though. The thing I don't like about the Free 5.0'ds when walking is the feel that I get with them that they have little heel cushioning (which is good for running). It may be that I land rather heavily on my heel when walking?? I have tried a more "forward" stance when walking and that kind of helps - but it isn't really my natural style.

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I'm afraid I can't be of much help because I wear minimalist shoes and have never had a problem walking in them. In fact, I wore Nike Frees for a long time; that's where I started with minimalist shoes. I needed (need) the flexiblity in the sole to allow my foot to roll from heel to toe push off. I wear Vibrams a lot now, although never (yet) for a marathon. Merrell's were my shoes of choice for marathons. Unfortunately they have changed their line so I will have to change brands when my current shoes wear out.

In addition to flexible soles, I like zero drop shoes and wide toe boxes. In fact, I wore men's shoes for a while to give my forefoot plenty of room. In long races/runs, your feet will swell a lot.

How long are your walk breaks? Are you trying to Power Walk? I find doing that undermines the intended recovery funcition of a Galloway walk break. Walk easy.

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As I said in another post, I have been running for around 2 years - starting out with C25k which is of course a run/walk type programme which eventually leads to running non-stop. I have most used minimalist style running shoes (NIKE Free5.0's which are very light and flexible) which are great for running - but I have found them to be not so good for walking. I land on my forefoot when I run - and use my heels when I walk. These lightweight shoes kind of annoy me when walking - they have minimal heel cushioning and I find them to be quite "jarring" when walking.

Just wondering what others ( especially those of who who do long distances) think about this - and what shoes you have found to be good for run/walking. I am convinced that if I am going to get into run/walking in a bigger way, I am going to need better shoes.

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