Before the holidays, I rolled my ankle in soccer and didn’t think much of it. I mean every soccer player goes through an ankle roll once in a while so why should I be phased? I have a marathon to train for. I am a machine. Unstoppable. Come at me world!!
This is what I told myself as I ran 5 days a week after this little incident. The truth is, I didn’t even notice the bruising or the pain until a week later. I had been running the whole time virtually pain free until one day, my ankle hurt a little more than normal, was a little more black than normal, and slightly chubbier than I would like to admit. “Okay, so you’re still human, but superwoman still ain’t got shit on you” is what I told myself as I limped around my apartment on the 6th day. By day 8 I gave up my stubborn behavior and forced myself into the walk-in-clinic after my doctor friend told me I had likely had a stress fracture. Great! Do you know what one of the main causes of a stress fracture is when you are a runner? Bad shoes.
Luckily, there was no break and I had just suffered a very bad sprain that I aggravated from continuing to run without giving it proper rest. The truth is if I kept that up, I probably would have ended up with a fracture anyways so it was good I went to the doctor when I did.
Running in good shoes is one of the most important things for a runner and I neglected to get the right ones. Even though I thought I had done my homework, I still ended up being wrong.
Here’s how you can avoid my mistake:
1.) Don’t get the pretty ones – unless you have talked to a shoe specialist and they have confirmed that this shoe is both pretty AND the right shoe for you (no, the salesperson doesn’t count unless you are at a specialized store)
2.) Do your homework. Runner’s World publishes plenty of articles designed to help you pick the right shoe for you.
3.) Try on the shoe! The size of your foot changes and different brands fit differently.
4.) Keep count – your shoes need to be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. Replace them as you wear them down.
What shoe do I recommend?
New Balance – I love them and here are two really good shoes – BUT ASK A SPECIALIST which is right for you.
1. ) New Balance 1080v2 sets the tone in the premium neutral category for high mileage runners looking for a shoe packed with superior cushioning, while delivering lightest in its class. Infused with innovative technology, the runner is brought closer to the ground (8mm drop) compared to the 880v2, to encourage a more natural foot strike.
2.) New Balance 890v2, offering a new meaning to lightweight thanks to a REVlite midsole foam and soft, supple beautiful upper. This neutral trainer is packed with performance and speed, while offering the durability and protection of an everyday trainer to endure lots of miles. With a lower heel drop (8mm drop), this shoe puts the foot in a more natural position.
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