This is my first time to order runners online. Must say, I am very happy with the results.
My feet have given me huge trouble since I ran the marathon last October. Around the thirteen mile section, I had the sensation of them falling apart. I ripped off my socks at that point; it just seemed like my feet were screaming for more room. And hobbled home in pure agony. I just couldn`t pull out.
Oh, I am sure that compounded my feet problems. But that`s marathon for you. It becomes a form of madness that outweighs common sense.
For the next few weeks I could barely walk.
A visit to my podiatrist revealed the problem. As I understand it, my joints are extremely flexible so my ligaments and tendons struggle to keep the range of motion that my joints allow. And so, during the marathon the ligaments (and tendons? I am not sure.) became overstretched. Hence the pain. And hence, the long recovery.
I got orthotics at that time. They`re meant to keep my feet more rigid. But honestly, they made no difference to the pain back then. I just needed months and months to recover.
The good news is, I think, twelve months on, I`ve rounded that corner.
These new runners don`t have the same support as my older ones had. They`re what`s called a neutral fit.
I`d had a gait analysis done in a sports`shop and was told that I overpronate because I have flat feet. Yes gait analyses are controversial enough: my podiatrist thinks they`re a load of ballyhoo. But she agrees that I do indeed have flat feet and my arch does need supporting.
But when I`d insert the orthotic into my supportive shoe, I felt like I was running on big beach cobbles. It`s only now, with the neutral shoe, that the orthotic finally works.
The new runners are Nike Dual Fusion. They`re light. They`ve a squared off toe box, which I love. I also love the colour. And adore the price. At €55 they`re less than half the price that I paid for my previous pairs of Brooks Adrenaline.
Prompted by a commenter on a previous post, I did investigate Nike and sweatshops. I am not fully reassured. But the other runners which I saw in my two local sports shops are also made in China and Vietnam i.e Reebok, New Balance, and Adidas.
I`ve been running on these Nikes for the past two weeks. Fifteen-twenty miles per week. And finally, I can say, that my foot pain is gone. Gone! I don`t wake up, put my feet on the ground and start hobbling. I don`t even have that old back twinge anymore that scuppered by last half marathon attempt.
Okay, early days, early days. But I am optimistic. After a summer of trying to build my speed right back to the good old days when I could run nine minute miles, I hitting a little bit faster than that right now. Who knows? Maybe I can get even better.
The best bit is, that I get to keep the gifts that hypermobility bestows. I can touch my toes without bending my knees. I can get my thumb to touch my inner arm. I can bend my fingers back to ninety degrees.
Yep, it`s debateable if any of these skills are of any use whatsoever.
But hey, its nice to have something to brag about.
For further information:
- Runners World Forum posts on Hypermobility
- sportsdirect.com for runners and other sports goods
- My previous post about Hypermobility
- More information about sweatshops and the clothing/footwear industry