I am a runner. I have been running since I was five. My father was a track coach and as a Daddy's girl, I took every opportunity to do anything he did. Over the summers, he would run two to three miles with me as his warm up. I adored those nights. They are some of my fondest childhood memories. From that beginning, I started my running career and ran on the Lansingburgh Varsity XC and Track teams from 7th grade through my senior year. It was how I identified myself for many years. I was never good enough to make a college team but I've continued to run recreationally off and on ever since. A few years ago, I even ran a few half marathons. In my second one, I was the 113 woman to finish. I checked that off my bucket list and now I don't feel the need to do it again.
All my life, I've been told that I over-pronate and have worn supportive shoes to protect my knees etc. I replace my shoes immediately when my knees start to ache. When I was training for my 1/2 marathons, I went to TrySports to make sure I had good shoes since I hadn't ever run those kinds of miles before. At the time, TrySports was in Crabtree Valley Mall. They watched me run and put me in Mizunos similar to these. Everything was fine and I went back when those wore out and got another pair. After that, TrySports in Crabtree closed down so when my knees started aching and it was time for new shoes, I had to look for another reputable shoe store. There is one in Chapel Hill but it's a bit far away so I went to Fleet Feet in Raleigh. They listened to my story, watched me run and were kind of surprised I was in those shoes. They felt like I was not a true over-pronator but since I'd been wearing them and they'd been working for me, they gave me the next model and away I went.
I started running in the new shoes and my knees started to hurt more and more. By the end of February, it was bad enough that I decided to give it a break for a few months. I took some time off until the spring and tried again. Again, the pain came back. I figured I was getting old and my running days were over. I dreaded getting official confirmation of that so I put off going to the doctor. Recently the running bug was biting me again and my friend Lisa told me it was probably a meniscal tear and the repair was easy. So I made an appointment with Dr. Andersen, at Cary Orthopedics. He's the doctor who fixed my ankle, KC's ankle and looked at his knee a few years back.
They took x-rays and Dr. Andersen did a few tests, all of which I remember learning but none of which I have ever done in practice or remember the names of. He poked my knee and made me jump then sat back and told me I had Plica Syndrome. I will tell you that the thought had crossed my mind. I did actually complete PT school and that included a semester and a clinical in ortho. It was not my forte to say the very least but this was something that I did remember but had discounted it because it is usually seen in teenage girls. He showed me the x-rays and my cartilage is completely fine. There is NOTHING wrong with my knees and he have me the OK to run again with some more stretching. That's right, I have the knees of a teenager! Moving forward I had 3 options: Surgery (Not quite ready for that!) Injection (Possibly) and PT (DUH! What do you think the PT is going to choose?)
Since I have been cleared to run, I went back to Fleet Feet to buy me some new shoes. I told them my story again and suggested starting over. They watched me run again and agreed with their last assessment: I do not over-pronate. I actually supinate initially and roll in but I never actually collapse into pronation. They put me into a neutral shoe for the first time I can remember! I tried on a few different styles and was surprised when they brought out Brooks because they have always been far too narrow. Then I looked at the width; it's a D! HA! Thankfully, as you can see in my picture above, I did not get the color that they show online.
I brought them home and went out for a 2 mile run. For the first time in a year, I had no pain in my knees. I'm ecstatic! I will start PT in the morning and hope he will have some more direction.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun