When I started training for the half-marathon, I developed some uncomfortable blisters on my big toe and first metatarsal on both feet the first week. I chaulked those up to being a new runner and after several runs and several lancings, they went away and left a bit of a callus. Once back from Italy I experienced the same sequence and figured it was just my feet getting back into the swing of things. All was fine and dandy until I started hitting the longer Sunday runs.
Even though I had no/little discomfort on my short runs, I was noticing a marked amount of pain and discomfort on my longer runs. I wanted nothing more than to rip off my shoes after those runs, and that was usually the first thing that came off after I got back home. Looking at my training schedule and thinking about how many miles might be on my shoes, I headed to If The Shoe Fits, a Frederick Triathlon Club sponsor, and asked about getting a new pair of shoes. I figured this was a good time to start cycling in a new pair before I start my trithlon training.
When I told the shoe guy I was looking for shoes, he asked if I wanted to get another pair of Mizuno (I had them in my hands). I told him not necessarily because I was experiencing blisters and calluses with my current pair. He went back and brought out three neutral shoes (my current pair, Mizuno, are neutral) - Asics, Saucony, and Nike. I brought my OTC orthodics and made sure to slip them in each pair.
I first tried on the Saucony. I've had Saucony in the past, and this shoe was very comfortable. It felt lighter than my Mizuno's and I had tons of room in the toe box. I put it on the "possibility" pile. I next tried the pair of Nike's. This was my first time ever trying on Nike and I made this remark to the shoe guy. He said that about three years ago, Nike "discovered" that not everyone had narrow feet and maybe they should start fitting more of the population with their shoes. He then said that Mizuno makes their toe box a little smaller than most and that's when the "AH HA" moment happened. A too-small toe box was likely the cause of my discomfort. I didn't motice this last season because all my runs were short and I wasn't training as much as I am now. Ah ha! I had heel slippage on my left foot in the Nike's that was fixed with the magic lacing technique. I put them on the "maybe-possible" pile.
The last pair, the Asics, went to the "no" pile after feeling like I was walking on concrete (no cushioning in the midfoot). In the end, I went back to the Saucony and rounded out my purchase with some new apparel.
I laced up the Saucony as took them for a test run on Tuesday. They felt great. I'm getting used to the extra room in the toe box, and want to weigh my two pair of shoes and compare the difference because it feels like there's a difference. Maybe that's just the "new shoe" effect. I have to say that the new shoe smell is awesome; nothing is better than the smell of a new, unbroken pair of shoes ready to handle several hundred miles over the next several months. If I get enough time in them before race day, I'll be lacing them up for the big race. I'm tired of the blisters, calluses, and foot pain probably caused by a too-small toe box.
One Month Done
5 years ago