Life is about change. Given my history of injury and error I’m looking at making some changes.
I think my biggest mistake last year was not listening to my feet when they complained.
I thought that I would be fine since I was running shorter distances and that I wasn’t taxing my body with grueling marathon workouts.
I thought that since I was concentrating on improving my running form that I was being more efficient and economical in my running style.
I went to lighter shoes and I wore my orthotics religiously. I forgot that I had no cushioning for my feet but I also had no flexibility in my shoes due to the orthotic. I wound up with Plantar Fasciitis and very painful heels that are still being treated.
I don’t think orthotics are helping. My feet became rigid and inflexible.
I think I went too far when I combined the shoe with the orthotic.
I don’t think that adding cushioning and a stability shoe is the answer.
I understand and appreciate the work of Dr Lieberman but think there is still an unexplored middle ground for minimalism.
I have some doubts about ever running in bare feet. All the power in the world to the AbebeBikila’s out there but I don’t think I’ll ever be one of them.
So I began my search for the perfect shoe.
Is light and provides good feel when contacting the ground.
One that lowers the heel to toe ratio but is not a complete zero drop. The goal is to transition over time by lowering the stack height.
A shoe that provides some cushioning for my heels when my form breaks down.
A great source of information is located on the NaturalRunning Center website.
After narrowing down my selection to three possible shoes, I made the rounds of the local shoe establishments trying on the candidates.
The Nike Free Run+ 2
And I chose None of the Above.
I think I made the right choice. Time will tell