Alright y’all, I have an important running-related question.
(Bear with me – this might be a rather dull and self-indulgent post.)
Shoe versus shoe. On the left: my trusty old Brooks Ghost. I’ve had several pairs of these now. On the right: my recently-purchased Brooks Ravenna.
Here are some factoids:
- The Ghost is a light, neutral shoe with a bit of cushioning.
- The Ravenna is a “guidance” shoe; it has just a bit more support than a neutral shoe, but isn’t as burly as a traditional stability shoe. The Ravenna is also pretty lightweight. It is made for mild over-pronators.
- I am one of those mild over-pronators. Mild enough that I’ve always been “fitted” as a neutral runner at running stores. Upon watching many minutes of video of myself running – this is what people who work at running stores do when it’s slow – it’s clear that I’m not, in fact, a totally neutral runner. I over-pronate a tad.
- However, I’ve been running in neutral shoes for years and years and have never had a serious running injury.
- I’m a solid midfoot striker.
- Although I’ve had several pairs of Ghosts and been very happy with them, I recently decided to try out the Ravenna to see if I’d benefit from a bit of support.
In the wake of the Achilles Incident of 2010, however, I’m wavering. I’ve been running in the Ravennas (alternating with the old Ghosts) for a couple of weeks now and am pondering whether the new shoes may have something to do with my calf/ankle stiffness turning into legit pain.
So I’m thinking about switching shoes. But I’m not sure which direction to go.
On one hand: Every internet resource on Achilles pain seems to say that switching to a shoe with more support is the thing to do. Which would mean stepping from the Ravenna to a legit stability shoe – something like the Adrenaline.
On the other hand: I’ve been running for years in neutral shoes. I ran in the uber-neutral Ghosts for many miles with no issues. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
What would you do? Go for a true stability shoe in favor of the traditional diagnosis – which is certainly what I would recommend to myself, were I the “customer”? Or switch back to the neutral shoe, which is technically less appropriate, but has worked well in the past?
Help a gimpy girl decide. Leave me a comment and weigh in on this most important decision. 🙂
Today’s EAT: Before I get to my bangin’ dinner tonight, the hubs would kill me if I didn’t pimp the bizarre – but oddly delicious – concoction he came up with last night.
Rando nachos. Because this really was truly a random bunch of stuff. Blue corn tortilla chips topped with bacon, chicken sausage and onions. Melted string (mozzarella) cheese. Greek yogurt and chopped nectarine on top.
Is that not the most random combination of ingredients you’ve ever seen?! It was really good though. Props to the hubs for including Greek yogurt (I’m rubbing off on him!) and also, generally, for taking charge and cooking dinner on a night when I flopped through the door after a long day of work and proclaimed it a delivery night.
Anyway. On to this evening’s feast:
Marinated flank steak (soy sauce, red wine, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes) with fried rice and salad. Um. I try to make my place 50% salad for meals like this, but clearly the delicious meat and rice encroached a bit!
Today’s DRINK: Organic Chardonnay!
But really, we all know I picked this Bonterra Chard off the shelf because of the cute bottle. And the price tag – $9. It’s tasty!
Today’s RUN: My triumphant return to running. It was slow and short. And the Achilles felt very stiff. Not painful. But both of my heels/calves definitely complained a bit when I started out toward the East River Track at a shuffle tonight.
No – I didn’t do the team track workout tonight! But I did pop my head in to say hello to everyone and sneak in a couple of laps on the soft surface. 🙂 Aside from being on injury recovery, the air in NYC tonight was akin to a dirty aquarium. Props to everyone who made it through tonight’s speedwork!
Then back to the apartment. Maybe 4 miles, total. No clue about the pace. It was deliberately very slow.
The plan for the next few days? Easy and cautious. I’m glad I was running without pain, but I didn’t like how stiff things felt down there. A few easy miles planned for tomorrow and Thursday, and lots of yoga. Saturday is race-a-roni time: a 4-miler in Central Park. Hope things loosen up by then!
Today’s QUESTION: I’m gonna be narcissistic tonight. Weigh in on my footwear dilemma. What would you do if you were in my shoes? Literally – ha!
Also – if you would, further fuel my narcissism and enter my giveaway for delicious Sweet Muse brownies if ya haven’t yet. (And it’s worth your while, because you’ll love KartMe. It really is a pretty awesome site – and it saved my ass at the grocery store yesterday, when I couldn’t for the life of me remember a couple of ingredients in this curry I want to make this week, and was able to pull it up quickly on my phone!)