Thursday, February 17, 2011

Building the run

I am trying to work on my running (slow jogging really) so I can improve my triathlon times.  As you know the run segment of my triathlons are like a huge battleship anchor dragging the swim and bike segments under the water like they pissed off the mob.  So I am doing the couch 2 5k program to help me to get up to speed and keep me one track. Otherwise I would just slack off on the run workouts like I always have. I have been having some issues with my shin muscles getting really tight and making me slow way down.  I found some good stretches to do to help me with it but I wanted to see if I could get some inserts for my shoes.  At some point (years ago) someone told me that I overpronate and needed motion control.  I thought maybe I could use an insert that would increase the motion control.  Anyway, I got to Fleet Feet in Charlotte because they are serious runner people and will know what I need.  The guy did the whole shoe fit process where I had to walk and jog barefoot. Turns out I have a teeny bit of pronation and collapsing arches.  The shoes I bought on a wicked deal at the end of last season (and are big motion control shoes) are causing some of the issues.  CRAP! This also guessed shoes needed.  Fantastic!  I tried out a few pairs of shoes that the guy brought me and ended up with Brooks Dyad 6 running shoes.  They are a neutral shoe which good because I could then add an insert that gave me a little more control and fixed the collapsing arch issue.  So far they are feeling pretty good.  I am hoping that the new shoe setup and the stretches eliminate the shin tightness so that I can continue to suffer as I work at the run.  I am hoping to be able to jog the whole 5k of my 1st sprint triathlon at the end of March.


  1. You might also want to try taping up your arches with KT-Tape. I had a very similar experience my last training cycle with the whole painful tight shin issue and I found taping up my arches with the KT-Tape helps. I buy it at Dick's Sporting Goods and they have a store locator on their site as well as instructions on how to do it, or you can just shoot me an email. Good luck with the C25k, it's a GREAT program!!!

  2. Thanks for the heads up on using KT-Tape. I would have never thought about that. I will give it a try if my shins start to act up again.