>Gears and Wears>Rotating Shoes With Different Heel Drops
Is it a good/bad/indifferent idea to use different heel drop shoes assuming you are having no foot problems? Shoe recommendations seem to revolve around support/stability, but not sure who the lower/higher heel drop is good for. Fwiw, I'm a flat footed, overpronator. Is there any rule of thumb er, toe on this?
Last Race : 05/17/2015: Chicagoland Spring HM, Schaumburg, IL
Upcoming: 05/24/2015 Madison HM, Madison, WI
Feeling the growl again
if you are going to race in flats, you need to train in them. I dam a fan of switching out up. my bulk miles are in lightweight trainers but I do workouts in flats or similar. so then when you race in them you don't suffer Achilles issues.
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I rotate conventional-drop and reduced-drop shoes. Two years out from an Achilles injury, no problems so far. (knock on wood)
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I took my time adjusting to 4-mm drop trail shoes since I've had achilles issues in the past - lengthening runs and increasing frequency. I started with them because they had a wider toebox and better forefoot protection. The 4-mm drop just came with the package. Now I'm mostly using them with an occasional run in my older shoes if something feels out of whack.
Smaller By The Day
I have one pair of shoes with an 8mm drop. I'm pretty sure that my other shoes are all 11 or 12. You can definitely feel a difference, but I like to rotate them in frequently. I like the change.
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I vote 'good'.
I keep about 4 or 5 pairs of shoes in the back of my car and select whichever I feel like running in that day (I run on my lunch hour). No set rotation. There are zero-drop, racing flats, 4mm drop, 12mm drop, cushioned trainers. Sometimes I take some out and replace with other pairs - I have a lot of running shoes!
Fight The Future
I dam a fan of switching out up.
Could you clarify?
Could you clarify?
Heh. Damn auto-correct. I am a fan of switching it up.
I definitely switch it up - Mizuno wave riders and brooks pure flows. I gradually introduced the Pure Flows and run only up to halves in them.
13.1: 1:45 | 26.2: 3:55
I agree with this. Majority of miles all in a trainer or lightweight trainer (Wave Rider or Wave Elixir) and then my workouts are in my racing flats (Wave Ronin).
I feel the bulk of your mileage should be in a solid trainer though, especially the more miles you run. The elite and sub-elite runners I know run in some of the heaviest/well cushioned trainers... but then do workouts in race day flats.