Tuesday, November 25, 2008

.......all good things must come to an end.

My affair with Mizuno Wave Creation 8 neutral running shoes is over. *sniff*

I've suspected for a few months that my running gait had changed and my beloved Mizunos were causing my lower leg issues rather than helping them. When I found out there was a specialty running store near Waterloo that offered video gait analysis, I knew that it was now or never. So, off we went to the Runner's Flat in Cedar Falls.

The result? I've developed a nice, little over-pronation issue. That means my ankles roll inward. Excessive ankle roll = lower leg pain.

Behold the Asics Gel-Kayano 14.

It's a stability shoe and it cost me a boat-load of money. But, it works. I witnessed it, thanks to video gait analysis.

Old shoes: ankles roll inward badly.
New shoes: no ankle roll at all.

No ankle roll = no lower leg pain.

When the shoe dude showed me the two videos side-by-side, my response was...."Oh wow. I'll take them."

Did I mention they were expensive? They cost me just about as much as the whole-house humidifier I bought last week.

So, good bye, my dear, sweet Mizunos.  You were the first shoe I ever got professionally fitted for.  You helped me go from 13 minute miles to 9:30 miles.  You carried me through all my personal records and running firsts, my first half marathon and my first winter running season.  But, as my title says.......


OpenID thisfinngarianmama said...

Damn, maybe I should get a pair of those just to treat my chronic ankle pain and plantar fasciitis. However, you have high arches and I don't, so I wonder what kind of support they have? Anyway not much pain here but I'm not running 3 miles a day either! (That's because nobody is chasing me! LOL)

November 26, 2008 8:58:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to be like Sherlock with this running stuff.

Have you taken them out for a spin yet?


November 26, 2008 2:22:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to be like Sherlock with these foot problems.

Have you taken them out for a spin yet?


November 26, 2008 2:23:00 PM EST  

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