I think it's the shoes!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I spent a week trying to decide whether or not to spend yet more money to get new running shoes - the right shoes this time. Common sense finally prevailed and I found a running store near my office. After all, I can't afford to destroy my body, and if I destroy my knees I won't be able to dance. Nope, that's not going to happen.
The staff was knowledgeable - or seemed so to me, what do I know? I got a pat on the back for having the right size shoes, and discovered that contrary to what I had been told by my mother, I do not have flat feet. I have a medium arch, and it's a strong one at that. I pronate, but then I was told about half the people do. I tried on many shoes, offering more or less stability. The ones I already had offer maximum stability, but I really liked the feel of the ones that offered much less. So that's what I went with.
I headed out this morning planning to do a longer route, but with walk breaks. Now that I've completed C25K, I'm going back to basics and building back up with run/walk. I did 4.5 miles slowly, it took me 56 minutes. But I finished with my knees feeling just slightly stressed. It felt as if I was rolling more on the outside of my foot, and not having my foot forced inward. I'm not sure that makes sense to anyone else, but the foot strike was distinctly different from what it was in the other shoes.
I'm going to ice the knee to be on the safe side, but I really think the problem was with the other shoes. I sure hope it's that simple!