My feet are changing

I had planned to write about the topic of my feet and running shoes last week but something told me to wait on it. It’s a good thing I did because this post has gone in a different direction than originally planned.

You see, a couple of weeks ago I took the dog for a walk and decided to wear my old ASICS GT 2160 because it was kind of muddy on the trail and I normally don’t like to walk too much in my running shoes.

Almost immediately after the walk my ankle started to ache and my IT Band flared up. Being the running shoe expert* that I am, I concluded that my feet had become accustomed to my Saucony ProGrid Kinvara 2 (a minimalist running shoe) and therefore the added support from my ASICS was causing my feet to move abnormally, hence they hurt.

I mentioned this to my husband.

I mentioned this to a good friend while on a walk (wearing my Kinvaras) and even offered to give her my old running shoes because I was convinced they were no good for me.

Thankfully I did not mention it on the blog because it turns out I was wrong.

The evening after my walk with my friend I went for a short 3 mile run. I wore my Kinvaras like I normally do. Unfortunately, something was not right. My feet immediately started to ache and my arches felt like they were on fire.

It was not fun.

I stretched and foam rolled and wished I had a massage stick because foam rolling has become significantly more difficult with a belly.

The only way I could describe how my feet felt to my husband was that they needed more cushioning (or something).

In an effort to work out a knot in my calve I got the rolling-pin and massaged the night away.

Side note: I have never used a real massage stick before but the rolling-pin was a great (and cheap) substitute.

Fast forward to Saturday when I was getting ready for my 8 mile run.

I decided at the last-minute to wear my ASICS knowing I had the option to change them when I looped back to the house to pee.

My feet immediately felt great.

Much different from the walk I had gone on.

I ended up wearing them for the entire run and had no problems, aches or pains during or after my run.

Hmmmmm.

This led to a google search on foot changes during pregnancy.

Turns out a woman’s feet can be more prone to pronating during pregnancy and may require more support as their bodies grown and change. I also think that because our centre of gravity changes during pregnancy so does our running form. Running in a minimalist type shoe requires its own changes in form so the combination of the two was not working out for me personally. I had basically written off ever going back to running in a shoe other than my Kinvaras. It’s amazing how things can change once you vocalize something. For now I will continue to wear my ASICS and save my Kinvaras until after the baby is born.

Because I really do love them.

And they have treated me well up until now.

But at 22 weeks it’s time for a little more foot support, especially since the half-marathon is in less than 4 weeks.

I wore these same ASICS for my first half-marathon and now I will wear them for my second.

The only difference is this time I’m wearing them for two.

* ha, ha. Not even close.

Comments

  1. Wow, I would have never thougth of the whole pregnancy thing at the foot changes. That is cool information to know. Of course I didn’t exercise while pregnant so I had no reason to have aches/pains other than the norm. Thankfully you have the answer, and you can now concentrate on your race :)

  2. wait, wait- are you doing a 1/2 preggers? wow.

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