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?