You’re going to love this. I forgot to mention that while I was in California, I had my gait analyzed…for the fourth time. Oh, I’m sorry. Are you sick of hearing about this?
Yeah, so anyway. I went to Movin’ Shoes in Encinitas. No fancy treadmill or video recorder this time around. Just a guy watching me run in a pair of Asics down the sidewalk.
The guy that helped me said I was about as neutral of a runner as you can get and that I didn’t need new shoes. Yep. That is my fourth different opinion. And probably the closest to my third opinion, which was that I need neutral (not stability) shoes.
He looked at my current shoes and said they still have some miles left and not to get rid of them. If anything, he said I could use them for shorter runs because they look pretty good for having over 400 miles. He didn’t try to sell me new shoes. Or anything for that matter. It was weird. He was actually helpful without looking to profit.
I showed him the areas on my feet that hurt after I get into higher mileage. He asked me a bunch of questions, and then gave me a sample of Runner Goo to try out – for free. I looked everywhere online for this stuff and couldn’t even find a picture of it. But Runner Goo is a cream that you rub on your blister/callous areas. When it dries, it hardens and and forms a protective cover that protects those areas from further irritation.
He said my feet probably rub in certain areas since my big toes curve and aren’t straight.
Basically, the shoes I was wearing are fine, my knee-ankle-calf problems were most likely a result of the the massive amount of running I was doing, and the rest is what solved those problems. So I’m going to stick it out with my current shoes for a little while longer. Of course, the ones I wear are discontinued so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
So that brings me to that part where I still have no desire to run. I’ve run a little here and there but more for exercise and not because I want to. And because I like to add more stress to my life by worring about trivial things, I’m worried the desire to run is gone for good. 🙁