Running Shoe Dilemma

I have issues with running shoes; I don’t like them. It’s my preference to never wear shoe and my Rainbows get year-round use. (Yes, I wear flip-flops in January in MD!)

My Nike LunarGlides got me through training for my half marathon until mile 12 of the race, when I developed blisters under my toe joints.  I was also having issues with pain on the outside of my foot.  And the cushioning was worn out, so it was time to get them replaced.

Long story short, I have been looking for shoes since March.  Since then, I have been running in Nike Free V5, a minimalist shoe.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to run more than 6 miles without cramping in my legs.  After much research, trying on, thinking and debating, I chose the Mizuno Rider 13.  I have a neutral stride and a  mid foot strike, basically a runner’s dream stride.  And my nightmare because no one makes shoes for people who run like me.  We are too rare. While I won’t delve deeply into my shoe philosophy today, I have a hard time finding shoes I like.  The FOUR different running stores I went to recommended the Rider.

So yesterday, I bought said shoes.  The lady ringing me up mentioned they did a store run on Thursdays at 7pm.  Seeing as it was 6:45 and I had all my gear and NEW shoes, I joined in!  I ran about 5 miles at a moderate pace (~9:30) on a fairly flat trail.  The last 2 miles were HELL!  My feet were uncomfortable; I had to stop to re tie the shoes 4 times.  My midfoot and top of my foot was burning. I had to take a couple walk breaks. I will say I was NOT properly hydrated for the run but everything else was

I thought that it was transitioning from the minimalist shoe to a more substantial shoe and as the shoe would break in I would feel better

Then I woke up this morning… I have pain in my hips, knees and mostly feet.  Not a sharp pain, but a dull ache, just enough to be uncomfortable.  I will say that I did not foam roll last night, yet I am normally not this sore after a run. Since these are a new type of shoe and I am use to running in Nikes, I’m unsure if this is normal .  Wondering if the shoes will break in and I am being sensitive or there is an issue.

Honestly, I am really bummed since I spent so much time researching them!

Here is my question:  Is this normal for new shoes, especially for a new type/brand?  Should I keep the shoes try to break  them in or return them?

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5 Responses to “Running Shoe Dilemma”


  1. 1 Caroline April 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Did the four different running stores actually watch you run and “fit” you for the Mizuno’s? I honestly have no real advice about running shoes, I’ve kind of stuck with Asics, but I do rely on getting evaluated most times when need shoes (its more of an every other purchase).
    I’d call the shoe store and see what their return policy is. I think Gina (Fitnessista) was able to return a pair after having them for a few days. Worth a shot, right?

    • 2 Kate N. April 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

      All four running stores fit me with this shoe! I was running with the sales lady yesterday and she did say to hold on to the box/receipt because I kept stopping. She may be able to return them if they don’t work out in a week or so. I am more worried about hurting my self! She did say they looked like the ‘fit’ me!

  2. 3 Gina April 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I went to Charm City Run last summer to get a new pair and they put me in a high arch shoe after watching me walk/run. After a few runs I had pains in my legs and feet that I had never had before. I took them back a month later and they let me exchange them for another shoe, this time with a lower arch. I haven’t had any problems since.
    If I were you I would go back to the running store and tell them about the problems you’ve been having, they might be able to recommend another shoe.

  3. 4 merrymishaps April 23, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I’ve never had to break in running shoes. I have a hard time finding shoes I love too, and usually just settle for something … but I’ve never had shoes cause me pain.

    I’ve been curious about the LunarGlides — though, those have some stability. Might be better for me than you! Did you like them before the blister problem? That might just be because they were getting old …

    I always take my newly-purchased shoes on a treadmill run before I decide if I’ll keep them. Some stores won’t take them back if you run outdoors. But it sounds like you might be able to bring those back.

    Maybe you should try fitting yourself since the shoe stores are failing. You know you should be in a neutral shoe so just try a few out! http://www.nationalrunningcenter.com/ has a ‘PR Club’ — you get discounts and an unconditional 60-day guarantee so you can return your shoes for any reason. I’ve never done this but probably should since I’m so picky about my shoes!

    • 5 Kate N. April 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

      I loved the LunarGlides! The cushioning is awesome. I would recommend them to anyone with a slight to moderate overpronation.

      The issue was with the stability – it was pushing my foot to the outside too much. When I bought them, the sales guy told me that they would barely last to the half. so they were probably a little worn out!

      Thanks for the link! I will check it out.


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