My ten year love affair with my running shoes may be over.
Today while I was at the Alpine Clinic, my Physical Therapist Kathy checked out my running shoes and thinks that a change is in order. I currently run in the Brooks Adrenaline GTS and have been for about 10 years now. If you know me you know change is hard. I love my Adrenalines but I don’t love what is currently going on with my body. Not only did she take a close look at my feet she also looked at my body alignment when I am standing in my shoes.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a Stability shoe with a footbridge to support the arch. I can buy this shoe in a narrow and always feel like they are hugging my foot like a glove. These shoes saved me after college when I had to ditch my Nikes due to ongoing problems with shin splints that turned into an ugly stress fracture. I have loved these shoes since I began running in them and now we may need to break-up? Gulp!
My foot has always been hard to fit. This has been a huge problem since I was a kid .I need a wide toe box but have a narrow foot, narrow heel and high instep making it tough to find the right shoe. We had to search high and low for shoes that would fit my long skinny feet. We often ended up at “Sneaky Pete’s,” a crazy shoe store with shoes from the floor to the ceiling and available in unusual width measurements. I even got my first pair of Chuck Taylor’s at Sneaky Pete’s, a sweet pair of peach high tops.
Kathy, my PT thinks I need a shoe with stability but more of a medium stability shoe, no need to go with such an aggressive stability shoe anymore.When I am standing in my running shoes, the footbridge actually overcorrects my pronation and bows my calves out which in turn causes my knees to turn in.
Yikes! I guess this break-up may be inevitable. It’s not you . . . it’s me. We will always have the Boston Marathon . . .
Kathy has me convinced it’s time to give something else a try. I’m open to suggestion and really have no idea where to begin. I do know that the search for the perfect shoe will be tough and it may take a few tries.
I’m open to suggestion.
What is your favorite running shoe and why? Did you ever have to “break-up” with your favorite pair of running shoes?
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