I’ve made it to the end up of my 50k training injury free! That alone is cause for celebration. For years, I dealt with various overuse injuries and it forced me to take semi regular breaks from running. Inevitably, this made me miserable every single time. With rest and time off, I’d eventually recover from the stress fractures, the IT Band Syndrome and the tendinitis, but I could never fully recover from Plantar Fasciitis.
I saw a doctor for expensive ART treatments. I rolled my feet on frozen water bottles and dixie cups. I slept in one of those weird, horribly uncomfortable socks. I stretched my calves religiously. Nothing made it go away. Then I tried insoles. It kind of felt like going backwards when the rest of the running world was evolving toward a minimalist approach. When you get desperate, you’re willing to try just about anything though.
I’ve shared my experience about currexSoles before, but it bears repeating because after years of wearing them in every pair of running shoes, I stopped for a bit. They need to be replaced every so often just like shoes – especially if you’re logging a lot of miles. I wore them out to the point where they were basically disintegrating and I didn’t feel like dropping $50 on another pair. I was sent another brand of insoles (which I won’t name) to test out, so I did. Free insoles are better than no insoles, right? WRONG. Just like that, my PF was back in full force. I was frustrated and annoyed but more than anything, I was surprised that it really made that big of a difference not to have my currexSoles.
I’d wake up in the morning hardly able to walk. It felt like I was breaking my feet in for the first time, every single day. I decided enough was enough and finally made my way to the only store I know of that sells currex in San Diego – Just Run in La Jolla. I’m sharing this experience because the guys there are SO NICE and so helpful and they deserve a shout-out. I also know one of the brand reps for currex and he’s an awesome guy, too. I just like to spread love to all the good people in the running community. 🙂
The people at Just Run, sized me up and had me step on this pad that showed where most of my weight was distributed. I let them tell me which insoles they thought I needed (even though I already knew which ones I was getting). Sure enough, they pointed me towards the high arch insoles.
I got myself a new pair and guess what — a few weeks later, my Plantar Fasciitis was back in check. I honestly don’t fully understand why these are so instrumental in treating my PF, but they work, and that’s all that matters. They provide a hard piece of support under my arch and that seems to be all I need to keep inflammation at bay.
I genuinely don’t think I would have been able to put in 50+ mile weeks without these blue bad boys. I love to spread the love for stuff that actually works for me. This is not a paid post – I am just a super fan. Full disclosure: currexSoles did provide me with a pair of insoles because I’m so obsessed and talk about them so much. 🙂