After a little research, I think I should rephrase my post:
I do not have high-arched feet, but a quick examination of my walking shoes would suggest that I am quite the supinator. The outer edges of all of them are worn down. As such, I may have the wrong shoes. Any recommendations for a noob?
I bought a cheap ($50) pair of Saucony sneakers just to see if I could handle running.
My first day (Tuesday) was fine, my shoes felt comfy right out of the box, and although I felt some soreness over the next 2 days (the good kind), I was raring to go for my next run. Well, that happened today. And today was not so good.
On my walk to the running path, my right calf started cramping up even though I had stretched well. I also started noticing that the sole of my right foot seemed to be sliding inward toward the left wall of the shoe and flattening it.
When I got to the track, I retied my laces, stretched again and hoped for the best. My first 10 minutes were OK, but the last 10 were gimpy, hobbly and crampy. It's almost as if the shoe has too much lift on the outer edge and sends my sole sliding toward the middle. The result is that the right side and back of my right calf feel compressed, and they cramp up from below the knee down to the ankle. This only happens on the right side.
I am not overweight and have never suffered foot/leg pain in my life (I walk constantly), so this is completely new to me. Of all the things I anticipated hurting (back, knees, etc) this was the last thing on my mind. Would arch support insoles help? Do I just have a crappy pair of shoes? Indeed, when you look down at the tops of both shoes--even when I'm not wearing them--the right sole seems to jut out a little further on the outside than the left sole. This after only 2 runs. If I shop for better shoes, what should I look for?
Message was edited by: looseandfloppy
I too am a supinator. I have been wearing saucony shoes about the same price as yours. Probably the same shoe. When I went to an athletic shoe store and I was fitted with ascis gel 3020 for running. I can really tell the difference between my saucony and the asics. I don't even dare wear my sauconys while I run. I have noticed when I wear my sauconys, my feet supinate even more. I would suggest to have your gait examined by a running shoe store person and get different shoes. I loved my sauconys when I first got them, but realize they are not the right shoe for me. Nothing wrong with the shoe, but just nor for me.
I hope this helps you.
This is very helpful.
I keep thinking I can order something else online, but your advice convinces me that being fitted by a running shoe specialist would save me a lot of frustration (and probably injury) down the line.
Thanks for your reply.
From your description, it sounds like you overpronate, not supinate. Your foot is trying to roll to the inside, and the shoe is doing nothing to control it. Personally, I don't think you can predict your running stride from your walking stride anyway (my opinion). They might be the same, but they might not. And the Gel-3020 is described by ASICS as "perfect for late-stage over-pronators" and it's pronation range is from neutral to just edging on severe overpronation.
At any rate, getting fitted at a good running store is always a good idea.
Hmm. Well, on that note--what would you say is a good running store? I live in NYC so I have an overwhelming lot of options.
Paragon sports comes to mind, but maybe you have a favorite and very reputable place to recommend?
(DAMN, those are some ugly shoes! Why do the good ones so have to be so loud?)
That's one city I don't know well. Runner's World has a store finder: http://www.runnersworld.com/store/search/1,7978,s6-240-417-0-0,00.html
Paragon Sports was listed, along with a number of others.
I have to give you "correct answer" credit: I found a good running store that fits you by video-recording your feet as you run on a treadmill. Turns out that I overpronate extremely on my right foot, but not my left, which you somehow deduced from my description. Then they let you try on different shoes and give you a test run to see if it corrects. They play each one back for you as you go, and it's a sight to see.
I now own the ugliest running shoes in the world, which correct my weird gait. So thank you.
I'm glad you found a good store and they were able to fit you properly. It's great when a plan comes together.