Well I am running again!
The plantar fasciitis in my right food has been
behaving and, as long as I baby it, the metatarsalgia in my left foot is finally
getting better. No pushing it for me though, I know I will pay. And it
isn't as if I can take "time off" my feet here if something does flare
up, which is probably why these injuries have lingered for so freaking long.
After all, I live in London and have no car.
It is a long walk and lots of stairs to get pretty much anywhere I
want or need to go. I bet that without even trying, I walk 5 miles per
day. And I haven't worn heels (except for twice) since I moved
While I am not a barefoot running advocate, I do think there is a lot of BS marketing out there for the purposes of selling you $150 of relatively worthless shoes every 300 miles (for the record, I also think that 300 mile guideline is a giant load of crap too - but we love buying crap in the US, after all).
I like this article about running shoes (though you can pretty much think that you are in fact, a chicken and find some article online agreeing with your chicken-as-self premise). This is from that article:
Your basic running shoe design, ".....is based on a cushioning/pronation paradigm that simply is not as
true as they want us to believe. That paradigm needs to be reevaluated.
It’s not founded on good science but rather initial ideas that made
sense with no science behind them, but upon further review may not stand
up to testing."
Anyways, I figured this all out during my Trigger Point Dry Needling sessions (man I love that shit). My calf and foot prefer not to be controlled. And if you have any tight muscles that just won't work properly, give Trigger Point Dry Needling a try.