It’s been over six months since I took time off last summer for tendon issues. Any time an injury crops up, it’s good to ask why.
What was I doing differently that contributed to the injury?
What can I change going forward to try to prevent further injury?
As I discussed these questions with my sports dr and running friends and read and researched, I decided to switch up my shoes. I had a pair of unused Altras sitting in the back of my closet from the last Runner’s World Festival I had participated in.
I knew their founder’s story and why he created these shoes to address many injury issues, and with the okay from my PT, I decided to give them a try. Because I’ve been running for so long, my feet also needed an additional lift and so the combo we attempted was Altras (zero drop) with an insole insert.
It worked! I ramped back up and ran the Richmond marathon in November, and have continued to train in Altras and remain injury free. Of course, I also made sure to be cautious in my build up, adding in more pool running and calf stretching and bits of yoga, but I do think the shoes have made a huge difference for me.
I used the Torrin to train for Richmond…
and am currently running in the Escalantes.
(Plus a few runs in Hokas this fall, which are similar.)
What do you wear? Have you worn the same shoes for years, or do you alternate shoes?
Have you ever switched shoes after an injury?
I’m linking up with Marcia, who is talking shoes today.