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2013-01-24 7:46 PM

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Subject: Thinking about running with out my orthotics tomorrow...
Hey, all. So I have been in custom orthotics for about 4-5 months. Using them with Brooks Ghost. For a little history I have been running for about 4 years. Never getting into any serious mileage due to repetative injuries. I had bad form (over pronator) and lack of knowledge on how to train properly. I hurt my right hip flexor 3 times over the past few years. I finally took the plunge into tri training in July. The cross training has been great for me. BT has also been great for me in that I know a bit more about proper training. So in a nut shell, I feel like I am a lot stronger now than I was before. My feet, legs, hips, and core are much stronger. Maybe time to ditch the bandaid? I was thinking about trying a short run tomorrow with out the orthotics and see how it goes. I know this has been discussed here before but I am curious what you all think aboht my specific experience. Thanks for reading!


2013-01-24 8:32 PM
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I frist increased my mileage - my long run is about 20-25km.  I bought new running shoes because with orthotics I was wearing through mine very quick.  I decided this pair needed to last at least 3 months or I'd go broke.

So I took the plunge and ran without the orthotics (had them 4 years!)

No problem!  Trick is to still ensure you build slowly - first sign of pain rest ice etc.

I'm happy to have removed mine, and my shoes are in month two with no wear and tear.

2013-01-25 7:05 AM
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I keep thinking of ditching my orthotics, but I can't find any of the original inserts that came with my shoes. I have been wearing my Doc Martins sans orthotics for work days here and there with no ill effects.
2013-01-25 7:09 AM
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I ran a substantial distance at the beginning of this week, as a blister formed I started running on the outer edge of my foot more to avoid putting pressure on the blister.  I now have a stress fracture on the outer part of my foot.  It only took 3 miles of running differently than I normally do (very minimal change in foot position) to cause this damage.  If you plan on making a change, do it it in very small increments.  I wish I could go back and just run on the blister.  If its not broken don't fix it, has always been my motto.  Good luck.
2013-01-25 8:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Thinking about running with out my orthotics tomorrow...
Thanks for the thoughts on this. I should clarify that I only plan on doing one short run with out the orthotics. If it goes well, I will repeat in a week. Slow but sure. I am willing to abandon a run if this doesn't work out. I am not willing to risk injury!
2013-01-25 12:02 PM
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Check out a thread I started a few weeks ago about my experience ditching my orthotics.  In short, my legs felt very liberated and I gained back speed I had lost after trying to run with them for almost a year:

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=472696&posts=18&mid=4551320&highlight=&highlightmode=1&action=search#M4551320



2013-01-25 1:06 PM
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Thanks, Noelle.  I will check out your thread.

I just got back from an easy 5k run with out the orthotics.  No issues.  My feet felt lighter and I wanted to go faster than planned lol.  I will use my orthotics again until next Friday.  Then I will ditch them again and go a little longer than I did today.  I am excited but still ok with going back to them exclusively if needs be.

2013-01-25 1:29 PM
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I ran with custom orthotics for about 8 years. I started wearing them when I was running more to address a particular problem. They worked, and I kept wearing them.

Then about a year ago I lost them, and was too cheap to replace them (almost $500).

So I've been running without them since then, and have not had any problems.

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