Breaking in new treads

I hated to do it, but I knew several months ago it was inevitable.

Earlier this week, I gave up Kinvaras after retiring my first pair at 382 miles.

Although my early runs in the hyped Saucony minimalists were unremarkable, the lightweight shoes grew on me. Before I knew it, I was singing their praises.

I had to hang up my first pair of Kinvaras for Sauconys with more cushioning.

I’m convinced their light weight enabled me to shave nearly two minutes off my half marathon PR, though it remains an unsizzling 1:57. Still, my second pair of Saucony minimalists– neon orange Kinvara 2s I’ll wear on short runs for the 120-130 miles they have left — will likely be my last.

The shoes aren’t to blame for their release from my running repertoire. It’s entirely their wearer’s fault.

The outside of my right foot is the culprit.

Several months ago, I began noticing a light, nagging pain after each run. At first it was barely perceptible, but it increased over time until — several weeks ago — it had become a visible knot.

A quick internet search revealed the cause: Inflammation of the Peroneus tendon, which attaches to the outside of the foot at its widest point. According to Dr. Steve Smith, the right foot often suffers pain there because it’s usually the foot on the low side of the road.

Friti Hazelrigg at Gary Gribble’s Running Sports in Independence affirmed Dr. Smith’s diagnosis. “You probably need more cushioning,” she said. “And you need to roll the outside of your foot after you run.”

The rolling I could do. But I needed new treads to add cushioning.

The first 8 miles in my Saucony Ride 5s have been great.

Which led me to my new Saucony Ride 5s. I tried on a pair of Triumph 9s, the latest model of my first running love, but they felt clunky. Fritzi suggested I take the Ride 5s for a spin, and they were great.

So far, I’ve run twice in and logged eight miles on the shoes. The pain in my right foot is subsiding, and the added cushioning is providing a noticeable improvement.

I’ll miss my Kinvaras, but I’ll enjoy a return to pain-free running. I appreciate Dr. Smith’s and Fritzi’s advice.

What are you running in these days? Tell us about your favorite shoes by replying to this post.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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6 Responses to Breaking in new treads

  1. BEtty Snapp says:

    My favorite shoes are still my houseshoes, although I cannot run very fast in them! Good post – what do you do with a used up pair of Kinvaras??? Do they get pitched, or now do you wear them for going to the grocery store, and watering the lawn? Just curious – MOM

    • Good question, mom! I use retired shoes for everyday wear and, when they get too tired for that, mow the grass, clean the garage and do other fun chores in them. Thanks for reading my blog!

    • Saikat says:

      Oh no! That is such a bummer! I have heard of a lot of peolpe end of with sore calves after switching too fast to low heel drop shoes. I would guess that if you take a couple of days completely off, keep icing, and go back to your regular shoes that you won’t miss too much time. LOTS of gentle stretching too. Then once there is zero pain at all when you run in your regular shoes, you can use the Kinvara’s for speed workouts or racing and should be ok. Hang in there! Hope you are feeling better asap so you don’t have to miss your race. For what it’s worth, I missed just over an entire week and had to take it super easy/short for another week with a sore achilles and I was still fine to run my marathon in Sept. Good luck!Erin recently posted..

      • Thanks, Saikat. Really appreciate your advice and perspective. I’m back and running pain-free but haven’t yet run again in the Kinvaras. Will let you know how that goes.

    • Prem says:

      I hope it gets better! At least you are taknig sensible steps to fix the problem. I am working to improve my gait a bit (or rather become more conscious of heel striking) and I hope that I don’t cause myself any problems. I have not taken the step towards any kind of minimalist/low heel drop shoe because the proper break in process seems to take so long!

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