After 2 weeks of virtually no running my foot was back to normal. I was able to run almost 30 miles this past week with no problems. I have been warming up, stretching and doing my post run icing and stretching without fail. I mentioned in my last post that I might try out a mild stability shoe for a bit more arch support. Well I ended up purchasing a pair of Newton Motion.
After reading several reviews about these shoes I quickly found out that runners either LOVE these shoes or HATE them. I decided that breaking them in slowly like Newton and my sales person suggested. My first experience with the shoe was a slow 1 mile run on my treadmill. I noticed during this run that my left foot was having a hard time relaxing into the movement. It was tensing up right around the forefoot area where the shoe is raised.
I laced up the shoes a second time for a moderate 1.5 miles again on the treadmill. My right foot didn’t bother me too much during the run, but afterwards I felt like my forefoot was bruised again right where the bottom on the show is raised. At the time I was wondering why my foot hurt not realizing it must be the new shoes.
For my 3rd and final run I ventured outside for a 2 mile road run. I felt ok while running, but the bottom of my right foot continued to feel bruised for a few days after. I finally made the connection that it must be the Newtons.
One week after purchasing these shoes I headed back to the store where I got them and easily exchanged them for another pair (Saucony Mirage 3). If they were already giving me problems after just 5 miles I didn’t want to continue to experiment with this shoe. I’m super thrilled that my right foot feels fine since I haven’t used these shoes for my past few runs. I feel lucky that I didn’t love the Newton shoes since they would cost me a fortune to replace them every 300-500 miles. I feel like my search for the perfect shoe is a never-ending journey.
Have you found your perfect running shoe?