Last week on my run home, both my left achilles tendon and my left shin hurt me to the point that 2 miles in I gave up and walked the rest. I didn’t have any issues on my other runs, including this weekend’s 15 miler.
Yesterday, at 2.5 miles, my left ankle started to bother me. I again decided to walk, because it’s not worth throwing away the training for a 3 mile run.
I’m starting to wonder if it’s the shoes. I’ve been using these on my short runs for the last couple of months or so:
The Nike Free (they still look as white as the picture, and every time someone asks me if they’re new…). At first I had no issues, and was already considering wearing them for my longer runs. Now, with two runs in a row with these shoes causing weird pain in my left foot, although each time in a different spot, I wonder if I’ve been messing up my form while wearing them.
The reviews for them are great, and I really wanted them to work. I might not completely abandon them yet, since they didn’t give me any problems at first, but I’m going to start paying more attention. My other shoes are way past their 500 miles expiration, but they haven’t given me any issues lately (aside from making me have ugly-ass toenails), so I don’t want to switch (they did give me problems when they were still new, and after reading Born to Run, I’m convinced the 500 miles thing is bogus).
One of my running buddies, Kathy, also has super wide feet and got the Free for men — it’s an idea too. They run narrow, and the women’s version is definitely much narrower than my current running shoes.
Have you tried the Frees yet? How do you like them?