So… we’ll see what you think about this…
Went to see Kevin this morning, and he watched me run on the treadmill. He said if it weren’t for the injury, he wouldn’t change anything—everything looked good. However, because of the injury, he wanted me to try to increase my cadence. I was at about a 171 I think before he said anything about it. So with some effort, I got myself to about a 174. Then he had me take off my shoes and set the same speed on the treadmill. I immediately went to about a 178, which he said is what people naturally do, not liking the feeling of bare feet hitting the belt. THEN he told me to try to run more quietly… like I was sneaking up on someone. I was thumping away and didn’t even realize it, so when he told me to quiet down, the only way I could accomplish it was to shift my weight forward more to the ball of my foot. My cadence jumped again to about a 182. I also noticed there was no more tension in my hip.
Then we had a discussion about minimalist shoes— if that’s what they’re called. He explained that he’s had lots of runners come through with chronic knee and hip pain that they just couldn’t get over. Then he put them in these minimalist shoes, and the pain went away. He explained that the stack height of regular shoes is great for protecting the feet but often cushions the feet so much that the runner strikes much harder than they normally would. He then said, only if I wanted to try and promised to do the transition properly, he would make the recommendation for me to move over. He said it’s a slow process because stress fractures are a very real consequence. He THEN said that he has moved many people over into these shoes successfully, with an enormous improvement in people’s hip and knee conditions, but that there was one guy that he always felt bad about… a diabetic, of course.
He told me the story, and it sounds like after some trial and error the guy is back in the minimalist shoes and very happy, but it was not a smooth transition. Long story short, he landed himself a high risk stress fracture and needed a boot for 8 weeks. So the guy came to him with knee pain, got back into a running program with no knee pain at all, then fell to a metatarsal stress fracture. Buyer beware, I guess.
IF I get myself a pair, I will start with a 3 minute interval walk/jog. That’s it. The way he looks at it, if I’m getting a 180 cadence, that’s 90 strikes per minute times 3… so whatever that equals… 270 strikes. I could do that once a day and then swim… I would obviously work my way up, but he says he estimates about 4 months from start to completing full workouts in them.
So?? I’m sure you have thoughts on this… should I get the shoes??? He’s recommending New Balance Minimus or Merrill Road Glove… or something like that… with a stack height of 15-20 cm??
I called my insurance today to inquire about pump stuff. So much good stuff…