Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bonus Post: Some of the Things I Have Tried to Use to Fix my Running Problems

Here are some of the (many) things I have tried to amend my running injury problems:

  • Getting fitted for shoes: At least 5 times, different fitters, different advice, always resulted in $100+ disappointing shoes
  • Buying anti-pronation shoes
  • Buying shoes that claim to support healthy pronation
  • Buying minimalist shoes
  • Buying shoes a size larger
  • Buying shoes a size wider
  • Buying shoes a size wider and a size larger
  • Vibrams: Only for short runs, they were very uncomfortable
  • Running in flip-flops: Yes, I did try it, very dumb idea
  • Actually going barefoot a la Chris McDougall: Cold and not super-comfy
  • Eating chia seeds: Well, it couldn't hurt, but it didn't help either
  • Physical therapy: Several times
  • Strength training
  • Yoga
  • Seeing a podiatrist: Seeing another one today
  • Orthotics
  • Off-the-shelf inserts
  • Various different training programs designed to ease me painlessly into some distance
  • Running only on soft trails
  • Forefoot running
  • Running only every other day
  • Running only a couple of days a week
  • Running even more infrequently than that
  • Taking time off running and then trying to start again very slowly
  • Running slower
  • Walk-run intervals
  • Cross-training
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Ice
  • Crying: Well, not a strategy, more of a result of the above not helping


  1. Persistence is a virtue.

  2. As soon as I hit "publish" on my previous comment I regretted it. You don't need advice, you've obviously been proactive at trying to find a solution. I apologize, and really should have known you'd already read BTR. You need fairy dust, does McDougall sell that? (I'm also in the market for some!)


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07