Wednesday, September 3, 2014
What is life without risk? My slow return (someday) to form has been chronicled here in exhaustive detail. Heel pain derailed me 18 months ago, and it wasn't until I got orthotics in March that I was really able to start running again. It has been slow going, but I found a good orthotic/shoe combination in the NB 890s. My major gripe has been that the heavy orthotics have really slowed me down. The New Balance shoes are hitting the end of their useful life, so it's time to start tinkering. A couple of weeks ago I bought a pair of Kinvara 4s, and a pair of Superfeet. Superfeet are the off the shelf supportive insoles you can get in running shoe stores. The combination is almost 4 ounces lighter than what I've been running in. I've been waiting since then for an opportunity to try them out. I didn't want to risk it on a long run, or in the mountains, so I broke them out today for a short 3.8 mile cruise. So far so good. I was definitely faster, and I didn't notice any extra soreness, though I did have to pay a little bit of extra attention to my footfall. Fingers crossed . . .