For the past several months, on and off, I have had hip flexor pain and arch pain. The pain in my hip flexor is very mild. It went away for several weeks and then worked its way back in. So not fun. The foot pain is like a stabbing pull in my arch. It goes away if I stretch my foot. But it's not fun either.
After some field research (meaning I wore a new pair of shoes-my NB 5000 flats-- and, tada! The pain was gone!) I decided it was my shoes. I really had to try something new for everyday trainers.
Mizuno Wave Riders have been my trusty go to shoe for years. But I think I've outgrown them. On long runs my feet start fighting them at the end. I can't seem to get the lift and push that I want. On shorter faster runs, the acceleration is not there. When I wear my flats I feel like I'm flying. Where as with my Waver Riders, I feel like the driver of a stalled engine at a busy intersection. Come on! I just want to go! But there's no power behind the gas pedal.
I wore my Saucony Mirage 3's for a super short run this morning. I ordered them months ago, but haven't really worn them for running. I was too afraid to try something new during marathon training. But now, since I'm not really training for anything, I thought it was a good time to pull them out.
Today's run was just a slow run with my son, but I felt good. No sparring going on between my soles and my toes. I also have Kinvara's arriving in the mail today. I'm hoping one or both styles will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.