Did you ever find a pair of shoes you love so much you buy three pairs before the shoe company puts out next years model?
I have great love for my Altra Torins, so I purchased two more pairs and I have been using them for the past year. They fit like a glove and are super light, yet cushioned. I have done every single treadmill run in Altra Torins for the past year.
Typically for long runs, I have been using Brooks Ghosts or Adrenalines, but if I planned to run a shorter distance I would wear them outside as well.
Last week on Tuesday I did my first treadmill run since January, an easy paced three miler. After my five week stint in a boot, I haven't been able to get on the treadmill. Each time I've tried even a mile I could feel a throbbing at the spot of my injury so I would stop. Who knows why, but the treadmill has been harder on my leg than any outside run, but we go to the gym a lot, so I have to get back to treadmill running at some point. Anyway, finally... last Tuesday everything felt okay, so I kept running. I woke up the next morning to some very sore ankles and shins. The uh oh, is that permanent damage kind of sore. The front of my shins were tender to the touch sore, it was strange and it scared me.
Is treadmill running form THAT different from outdoor running or is it the shoes?
I have been doing all my outdoor runs in a new pair of Brooks Ghost I purchased right before I went to Disney. I felt more confident returning to running in a new pair of shoes. Most of my outdoor runs I've felt the appropriate, happy, accomplished soreness, and just a twinge of soreness at my point of injury that subsides pretty quickly. My only other bout that made me snarl, was after my physical therapy session; I was so sore I was out the rest of the week. (and no, I have not gone back)
Anyway, I had to wait till Saturday before I felt comfortable enough to try to run again, so I wore my Brooks to the gym and ended up running 5 miles on the treadmill. At first they felt super clunky and heavy, but after a few miles I felt really good, so I kept going. Sunday I ran again, 3 more miles. Not a bit of soreness.
Can a pair of shoes really make your muscles work that much different?
I do know I do not need any extra stress in the ankle or shin area. It makes me sad, but my love affair with Altra may be over. I think they may stay retired in my closet for a bit.
A few more tidbits about my experience with Altra running shoes:
- The cushion is awesome.
- My calves muscles did increase in size after I started wearing them. Since I started running, my calf measurement went from 11.5 to a little over 14 inches. (I joined a weight loss challenge group when I first started running and they took measurements- typically I don't hangout and measure stuff)
- The Torin's are durable. I have put double the mileage I can put on a pair of Brooks.
- The light weight is great for speedier runs.
- The customer service has been great. Easy returns.
- While injured and on the search for a new pair of shoes I did order the Altra Olympus and it didn't fit my foot well, so I returned it and tried the Altra Paradigm, which much to my dismay because the cushion was awesome, didn't fit well either. I ended up purchasing a pair of Brooks Ghosts because I knew they would work.
Anyone ever have anything like this happen? Do you have a favorite shoe brand or brands you alternate?
What do you currently run in?
Thoughts...is treadmill running form THAT different from outdoor running or is it the shoes?