Starting over? Mind over feet ? Help!

I collected my real built-up running shoe from Bill Stone at RunTex yesterday.

The shoe itself doesn't weigh nearly as much as it looks(click to enlarge), or compared to the shoe I had built by Hanger Prosthetics, in this post. I tried it out in the shop, it feels good, has some bend when running. Bill looked at my hips and reckons they are nearly right, possibly only out by 1/4 of an inch or less.

Bill and I discussed strategy for starting using the shoe. Bill isn't one of those proscriptive types, so he wouldn't tell me what to do, I had to make some suggestions, ask questions. Bill seems comfortable for me to wear the shoe for a few hours a day and start running short runs straight away. Thats fine in principle, however, it's just over a month before my A-race.

I'm really caught between a rock and a hard place. I've been managing for 20-years without any real support, I've been running for 7+ years with only a built-up orthotic. So I'm concerned when I start on this I'm going to have back and hip problems. On the other hand, the reason I went to Bill in the first place is that I'm having problems with long runs already. Balance that with the fact that all my near term races are short distance, that isn't a REAL problem.

So, I'm thinking that I'll do Saturdays Texas Roundup 5k as hard and fast as I can with my old shoes. Then I'll start walking and jogging with a view to doing a 5k before the Rookie triathlon, and race the Rookie with the new shoe since it's only a 2m Run. That will give me a couple of weeks to get some speed before my A-race.

The alternative is, I could just leave the shoe alone, and pick it up after my June A-race, and carry on with my plan, to "go long"er with a view to being able to do a half marathon distance run, followed by IM 70.3 Austin in November. But then maybe I just be ok and would run faster with the shoe, even at short distance...

indecision rules...
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I'm not a doc, lawyer or indian chief but be careful with the 1/4" might pay for it with the hip pains. I had a stress fracture a little over a year ago and the danged boot they put me in was an odd size and none of my shoes for the other foot were the same height...I was out of wack +/-1/4" too and I had some significant hip issue during and after the boot...a few visits to my chiropractor put me back together but it did cause some minor issues in the interim. Wishing you the best of luck!
Thanks, the 1/4 inch is nothing, I already have almost 2-inch difference that I've been dealing with for 20-yrs... However, the problem you describe is exactly what I'm scare of.

My back and hips have evolved over the 20yrs to scope with the difference, correcting it now before my A-race in 6-weeks seems unwise.
Yay! New Shoes!
Though you may be suffering some.. you're already accustomed to your current pair of running shoes. They're pretty much a sure bet.

The new ones are ready & rarin' to be worn in. Exciting! Still, your concern is valid. Your body has adapted to the difference in step & will likely rebel on the way to balance.

If you take up the new shoes now.. be sure to budget in some extra therapy, esp. in the glutes & hamstrings. =)
hmmm. as a CO i'm tempted to say "wear the big lift, and wear it all the time".

all this up and down makes it hard for your body to adjust to it :(

ideally you would increase it incrementally slowly, like add 1/8" or 1/4" every week... but then you should do the same for all your shoes.
and when it comes down to it, honestly, I'm pretty sure this is where I'll end up, which is scary. Partly for vanity reasons, and partly for practical reasons this would just be really difficult and expensive.

Even at Hangar they took a week and with insurance it still cost $80 on top of the price of the shoe. I can;t see how this would work or be practical with half my shoes, say flip-flops, for example. So since I don;t walk much outside of running, I'm kinda hoping I'll be able to manage with just the running shoe.

I guess you have no idea on whats likely to happen when I do start, I guess there are not many people who've gone 20-years and then made the switch to correct...