Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shin Splints and Burning Arches

I purchased my current pair of running shoes about 3 years ago and it shows.

The general consensus is that running shoes should be replaced approximately every 300 to 500 miles. Since I wasn't running outdoors, I didn't think about the miles I put on the treadmill, elliptical, aerobics classes, home DVDs, walking .  .  . you get the idea.

I started to feel the burning arches when I first started Crossfit during jumping jacks but attributed it muscle fatigue. The discomfort has only increased to pain and this past week during a 2 mile run (yay me!) the shin splints started. It finally dawned on me that part of the problem could be my shoes.

Today I went to a running store to get fitted. I'm still a slight overpronator and ended up with the same shoes I've purchased the past two times: Nike Structure Triax. Why mess with a good thing? My only complaint is the colour. I kinda wanted something flashier this time around but I know - safety before fashion.

Here they are

I'm looking forward to seeing how the new kicks help improve my performance this week!

- kareen


Chizzy D said...

where do you usually purchase your workout gear?

i_amEatingRight said...

For shoes I go to the Running Center. For everything else, I go anywhere there's a good price/sale: Target, Walmart, Kohl's, etc.

Thandi said...

You've given me a lot to think about. My shoes got messed up in the Tanzania bush and I haven't been able to afford any. Ok, I have been able to per se, but we've been buying some people at church clothes so...I exercise barefoot at the moment, but it's really not nice.I'll see how these treat you and wait till I have the funds to get myself a pair.If we even have this particular type of Nike here in South Africa.

i_amEatingRight said...

How generous of you to provide for others and sacrifice for yourself. What a blessing you are! Today the shoes weren't too kind to me but I need time to get used to the support.