I guess I need new shoes - no running for awhile

Friday, June 29, 2012

Earlier this week, on two consecutive days, I ran 3-miles (each day). After that second day, my left knee was hurting really bad. I know I didn't torque it or do anything silly. But it started to hurt so bad that it even hurt to walk.

So I decided to call up a friend of mine who regularly runs marathons and asked her if this ever happens to her. Of course she said "no". She told me that I probably need new shoes.

When I told her that I was running in K-Swiss' version of a running shoe, she told me that I "definitely" need new shoes and that I should go to a running store and have them analyze my feet to see what type of shoe I need to wear.

Could this be why I could never run further than 6 miles? I'm starting to think that my poor shoe choice is what's been holding me back. I probably could have been running half marathons by now if I had the proper shoes.
My joints are always hurting during and after my runs! This has to be the reason.

So, I am going to stop running for awhile until I can save up enough money to buy some good running shoes. (well......I already signed up for the Beach Dash on July 14th, so I will be doing that.....but afterwards, I'm just going to hold off until I can get myself a new pair of shoes).

What a pain! There's always something. It will be exciting to see the difference in the way my body feels after giving it a treat of some new running shoes. :)

I'll keep you all updated! :) It might be a month before I can save up enough to get them tough. ;-)

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    Your friend is right, it could definitely be the shoes. When my knees, ankles or feet start to ache or hurt I know my shoes have had it (even though they look perfectly good and not worn down). As soon as I replace more pain. You might also want to try one of those "braces" that look like a rectangular band worn just below the kneecap. I can't remember what they are called but they help keep the joint tracking properly. I tried one for the heck of it after a race where my knees hurt so bad I literally couldn't move my legs at all w/o a lot of pain and the difference was immense, I felt better a lot sooner that I would have otherwise I'm convinced. Definately go to a real running store to be analyzed and resist the urge to buy the cool looking shoes (unless they are also the kind recommended for your feet & gait)...your knees will thank you!
    3262 days ago
    Definitely go to a running store to get fitted for a good pair of shoes. Once they've recommended a pair, be sure to try them out in-store or do a bit of a run outside. Most stores will let you do that. Then when you find a pair you like, check out what kind of deals you can get online. Amazon sometimes has amazing deals on shoes -- so good that I've been tempted to order them and I live in Canada! Often Ebay has brand new shoes that people have bought at outlet stores and are now re-selling for a small mark-up. I've bought tons of my kids' shoes through Ebay that way and have always been happy.

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll find something that works for you and is within your budget.

    3270 days ago
    I highly recommend going to a running store to get fitted properly once you have enough saved up. Take your K Swiss with you so they can see what part(s) of the shoe get(s) the most wear and tear. Replacing my running shoes has been tremendously helpful with some arch problems that I was having. While you save the money, and it it's not too painful, walk as much as you can. It's amazing how much it'll contribute to your endurance once you can get back to running.
    3270 days ago
    Runnings shoes do no have to be super expensive. My favorite pair were $65 Sauconys. New shoes will not push you from 6 miles to a half marathon by themselves... but they do help if you're in pain. There's no substitute for rest days, ice, elevation, and compression though. Good luck!
    3271 days ago
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