At new year my hubby took me to have a gait analysis prior to purchasing a proper pair of running shoes. My old shoes were a cheap, ill fitting , un-supportive and ill used.
I underwent a significant gait analysis, on and off the treadmill trying different shoes and eventually purchased a beautiful pair of New Balance, Fresh Form. They fitted beautifully and I felt stable and supported while running on the treadmill, My left foot has a tendency to roll to the outside, the when quite a way to correcting this. I left the shop thinking my future runs would be effortless, bounding along like a baby blue footed gazelle!
The first time out with them I experience some calf pain/cramping, but I attributed this to my feet getting used to proper shoes. I have continued to train 3 times a week since, but the calf pain/cramping is getting worse, rather than better, to the point where I abandoned my run in tears today.
I have never experience leg pain/cramp while wearing my old floppy shoes. Though after a log run my top of my right foot, near the ankle, used to swell and hurt a bit, but that went off after an hour or so and some ibuprofen gel.
I'm now feel I'm going backwards rather than progressing in terms of distance and time. Prior to the new shoes I ran 7.3km in 50 mins and still had some juice in the tank. Saturday I struggled to make 6.2 km in an hour; today I had to stop at 3.5 km.
I have been stretching my muscles twice a day and using a foam roller but nothing seems to help.
Apologies for the whiney rant. Today I feel like all my hard work and money has been wasted and I just want to throw in the towel.
Is this a common problem? Does it take a good while to adjust to new shoes? Is calf pain the price of adjustment? Should I persevere, or throw them in the bin and dig out my old faithfuls?... I just want to run, calf pain free!
Any advice will be gratefully received.