Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Agony of Da Feet

After the Austin 70.3 last October I felt like I had the wrong running shoes. 

I went to a local running store, and discussed my running, goals, and what I was in.

At the time, I was wearing Nike Voomero 5’s.  I had a Good Feet orthotic I wore with them.  One of my goals was to eliminate the orthotic if possible since it shifted and was kind of a pain. 

We settled on Brooks Adrenaline 11s.  The felt pretty good at the start.  A short time later, though, I had a calf strain on a run.  Not sure if it was the fault of the shoe, but it set my running back.  After healing and returning to running, I haven’t felt like I got back to where I was pre-Austin.  I picked up a pair of Adidas Super-Novas which were our second choice.  I haven’t really cared for those at all.   

My feet and ankles tend to be sore after longer runs.  Based on this, I thought maybe going away from the orthotic was a mistake. 

I decided to go back to Road Runner Sports, go through the “Shoe Dog” process and see where we came out. 

The fitter suggested custom insoles based on my right and left foot being vastly different.  Since I would really like to be more comfortable on long runs, I agreed to give them a try. 

He also recommended four possible shoes.  The Brooks Adrenaline, now 12s was one of the choices, along with the Brooks Trance.  We also looked at a pair of Asics Kayanos and Saucony Guides. 

All four pair felt really good.  This made me realize it wasn’t the shoe as much as the insole.  The custom insoles are feeling GREAT.  We’ll see how they do over time, but I am really excited for my run Tuesday. 

Here’s the deal on how I say the insoles felt so good.  My feet and ankles were killing me after the run, when they tested my gait in my socks at RRS, I could barely do 1/8 of a mile at 5.2 MPH.  With the insoles, I dialed it up to 5.5 and felt like I could go for a few miles.  I took it up to 6, then 6.5 MPH; and felt good!  This is after a 10 mile run earlier that I could barely finish.  Over the 4 pair of shoes, and trying them I ran over a mile, and felt like I could have run more.  I actually feel better after running more with the insoles than I did earlier. 

I settled on the Brooks Trance.  The Trance is a bit more stable than the Adrenaline.  Since I have a pair of Adrenalines, I think I can now do a good comparison with live running, using the custom insoles.   

We’ll see how this all works out.  If you start seeing more Daily Mile happy faces after my runs, you’ll know the shoes/insoles are working!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Can I Race a Triathlon? Please????

I haven’t written a blog for a while. I usually do ride/race write ups and just
haven’t had anything for a while. Not
that I haven’t tried!

What does a guy have to do to race a triathlon?

My first race of the year was going to be Superseal March 18th.
A big storm came into San Diego.
By Saturday we knew we wouldn’t swim.
Sunday morning they pulled the plug on the bike due to 40 MPH
winds. They had a 5K, but I had headed
home when they pulled the plug on the bike.

A double bummer since my wife was feeling pretty good, and
she, her mom, and our friend (Onci on dailymile) came out to cheer me on!

This last week, I was going to race the TCSD club race. When I originally planned my races out, I
scheduled this to work out what didn’t go right in Superseal. Now it would be my first race of the year.

DENIED! Another race,
another storm. Déjà-vu; or as Yogi Berra
would say Déjà-vu all over again. By
Friday we knew we wouldn’t swim.
Saturday morning they pulled the plug on the bike due to strong winds. This time, I went to the gym. I wanted to do a tri, doggone it, so I did a
gym tri. 750 in the pool, 12.4 miles on
the spin bike, and 3.1 miles on the treadmill.

It helped, but I’m still itching to race. Hopefully the weather will cooperate on May
20th. We’ll try again with
the Orange County Triathlon, an Olympic distance event.

Despite my failed attempts to race there is good news with
what is important in life. My wife, Angi
has finished her chemo and is doing pretty good. She still has some other treatments, and
recovery, but the worst is past!

Hopefully sometime after May 20th there will be a
race recap blog!