Running in new shoes
Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:33 PM
Is a quick lunchtime run of 25mins enough to determine whether a shoe is right for me or not?
I went for my first run in a new pair of New Balance 716 today, and they felt awful. I was under the impression they were a good style of shoe and would also compensate for my mild overpronating.
Compared to my cheap pair of NB655, they felt really heavy and clunky off the ground. I also got a bad case of shin splints which I usually would not get as severely (although I sometimes get a little pain down there).
Should I bother trying them out on a longer run, or trust in this initial short experience.
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Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:34 PM
From my experience trust your feelings even after a 25min run (which I find is usually enough). Everybody is different obviously. Have you check whether these shoes are actually right for your foot type ? If they are then maybe there is another factor for your shin splints or perhaps the shoes (whilst on paper should be suitable) are just not 'right' for your feet. I have recently purchased a new pair of shoes (it took 4 tries though) The first pair I was sold which were completely wrong for my feet. They were motion control shoes and I have high arches, and under pronate. These shoes were so wrong for me that after a 30 minute run (feeling alittle discomfort after about 15 mintues) have actually done some more serious damage to my left metatarsals (??) and to my wallet (seeing a podiatrist !!!
So don't put up with shoes that don't feel right. I know others my say that it takes them a few runs for their new shoes to settle in but I believe in a shoe feeling 90% perfect from day one.
Just my thoughts.... Helen
P.S. My podiatrist recommended a shoe which I purchase the next day... and what do you know. Felt great (apart from my injury from other shoes!!!)
Posted 29 July 2003 - 09:38 PM
Posted 30 July 2003 - 12:39 PM
I don't think you could get shin splints from 25 min of running - they were already coming - probably from your old shoes that needed replacement.
I agree with Helen that a short run will tell you if they fit. Problem is that stores don't take back shoes after several k's running. You can generally tell in the store:
1. Do they fit your need = pronate etc
2. Do they fit your foot = wide/narrow/etc
3. Do they rub when you jog around the store.
You need all ok's at this point.
I still get fails after that but I can generally use them as short distance training shoes. Some have even survived to be a longer distance shoe after 200k's of short slow runs.
It takes ages to find the right show - then stick to them!
Posted 30 July 2003 - 01:07 AM
Posted 30 July 2003 - 02:29 PM