I’m in the middle of breaking in new shoes! Thanks to my hubby and an upcoming birthday, I am the owner of a pair of ASICS GEL-Fortify. I’ve only run with them twice, but they seem to be good. I am definitely still getting used to them.
My shoe of choice is the ASICS GEL-Kayano. I have extremely flat feet, so I need shoes that have a lot of support. I once stepped on one of those mats that shows your foot imprint and it was quite comical. When I started running, I was plagued by the dreaded shin splint. They got to be so bad after a while that I thought I had a more serious injury. Turns out I was just wearing the wrong shoe. I went to a running store to have my gait looked at and the sales associated took one look and said, “Whoa! You definitely overpronate.”
I also have Patellofemoral pain syndrome, or simply put, “runner’s knee.” My right knee cap doesn’t track properly, causing a dull knee pain. For me, it’s been chronic. I’ve been dealing with it for almost 15 years. Sometimes it goes away, sometimes it comes back with a vengeance.
Anyway, after I started running my knee pain went away almost entirely (ironic, eh?) because my quads and calves became stronger and were able to offer the support my knee cap needed. My legs don’t feel nearly as strong as they did in those earlier running days, and I’m guessing maybe that’s why my knee pain has come back over the last few months. Anyway, I read that flat feet could pull the patella sideways, so I started researching shoes with even more support for severe overpronators.
The Kayanos have been great, and I love them, but they are considered good shoes for neutral and overpronation. The Fortify shoes are new and they are for overpronators and severe overpronators. I figured I’d give them a shot! I definitely feel the support, but they’re a little heavier on my feet, so I need to adjust. ASICS sells NYC Marathon themed shoes each year, and one of the models is the Kayano shoe. I will definitely purchase a pair this year if they are offered!
I’m really hoping to get 10 miles done tonight after work. My husband will accompany me on his bike. I’ll be wearing the Kayanos for that one, though, because I am still breaking in my new kicks! Cross your fingers for me.
Thursday: 2 miles (11 min/mile)