Give Up the Ghost?

When I started running, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.  (Well, actually, some days I feel like I still don’t, but that’s neither here nor there.)  When I bought my first pair of shoes, I went to Hibbett and bought the first pair I tried on and liked that were a decent price.  They were Nike Air Pegasus.  And I ended up in a podiatrist’s office with tendinitis in my foot.  That actually turned out to be partly because my hips were out of whack and causing a weird stride, but we couldn’t rule out the shoes contributing, too.

So then I went to a running store and was actually fitted for a pair of running shoes.  They did their thing and watched me do my thing and put me in Mizuno Wave Riders.  I thought those were gonna be The One because the foot pain was no more.  And then I started having knee pain and IT band issues.  Was it the shoes?  Maybe.  The training?  That’s a good possibility, too.  But I switched shoes anyway, just to see.  I changed over to the Brooks Ghost 4s.  While I did like the wider toe box better, I just didn’t LOVE the shoe.  I can’t put my finger on what I DIDN’T love about them, but I just didn’t.  After I had run in them for just a little bit I decided I would try another one next time.  But you know what?  They are nearing end-of-life, and I haven’t had any pain, injury, twinge, not even so much as a tickle the entire time.
So what’s a girl to do?  Stick with the Ghosts, which she admittedly doesn’t love but which her legs apparently do?  Or give up the Ghosts in search of The One?  I’ve been drooling over the new Ruby Red Mizuno Wave Rider 15s for a couple of months now.  I mean COME ON.  They’re RED.  But what if the IT band/knee problems from before actually WERE related to the shoe?  Ugggghhhh…
Ultimately fear got the best of me.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?  I’ve been making too much progress to piss it away and end up injured all because I wanted a pair of ruby red slippers.  
These will be here Tuesday.  They ain’t red, but I do love me some pink, too…
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10 thoughts on “Give Up the Ghost?

  1. I keep doing that too….when the adrenalines went from the 10s to the 11s, I was less than impressed. But I keep on buying em…on to the 12s now…I'm way afraid to mess with a good thing.

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  2. it's good to stick with what you know… even if they aren't red. They are cute though!

    I wish I had more money to try out lots of different shoes! Wouldn't that be awesome?!

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  3. I have to go shoe shopping soon, I've been wearing Brooks for two years now, so I'll probably stick with them. My problem is that one foot is bigger than the other, so I'm already screwed no matter what.

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  4. I tend to believe that injuries are more related to training than shoes. That said, you're probably smart not to mess with something that's working. Just in case. And you can't go wrong with pink shoes!

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