My peroneal tendon loves attention.
When it’s sore, I give it all sorts of love; like foam rolling, wrapping it up in KT tape, and taking pictures of it: (my apologies in advance for the 84759487 photos of my foot/shoes.
These things usually help, but sometimes the tight feeling down the side of my calf and outside of my ankle will come back if I forget tape it or foam roll during the time period that it’s acting up.
This time, I’ve decided to try a slightly scary, but new idea to keep my peroneal tendon happy and less attention seeking….new shoes! I’m still keeping with my Saucony Kinvaras…I could NEVER give them up! But I’ve decided to give the Saucony Fastwitch a place in my running shoe collection.
Why is this scary? The Saucony Fastwitch 5 is actually a light stability racing flat weighing in around 7.1 oz. I don’t normally wear stability shoes. I’ve always gone with a neutral shoe because of the high arch in my foot. My shoe of choice is the Saucony Kinvara 3, of course.
I decided to give the Fastwitch a try for some of my faster workouts. tempo runs, and maybe even for racing at some point. I wanted to see if adding a little stability in my shoes could help prevent my peroneal tendon from getting so mad at me.
So far, I’ve run in the Fastwitch twice, and loved every minute of it. The first run in them was supposed to be short and easy however; I was running with my husband and he only knows how to run really fast-so it turned into a fast couple of miles instead. Success! The shoes, feet, ankles, and tendon were happy.
The second time running in them, I tried an EASY and SHORT progression run. I didn’t want to push to hard and have my peroneal tendon get angry again. Mile splits: 8:35, 8:15, 7:55. Perfect. Again, everything felt good afterwards.
Are these shoes the cure for my peroneal tendon’s attention issues? Time will tell. For now I will keep trying them out on occasion and see what happens.
I want to mention that adding a stability shoe into my collection after running in neutral shoes for quite some time is something that may not work for everyone. In fact, as I was writing this post, I took a break and happen to read this on Dorothy’s blog:
“Loved Katie’s disclaimer on this post http://msfitrunner.com/?p=4587 the other day – BE YOU people. It’s great to learn from other runner’s but what works for you might not work for someone else and what works for me might injure you. It’s important to listen to your body and not get caught up in comparisons”.
Read the rest of Dorothy’s post HERE
Exactly my thoughts. This post is about sharing MY experience and opinions. I’m not advising anyone try what I do.
- What type of shoe do you run in? neutral? guidance? stability?
- Have you tried the Saucony Fastwitch? If so, what did you think?