The process of becoming a natural didn’t seem like it would
be a walk…or run…in the park. I knew there would be challenges. However, I didn’t
anticipate some of my most recent obstacles.
In today’s instant gratification world, I was thinking my transition would take the suggested amount of months, but I thought I would be
golden after putting in my time. However, I am coming to realize this is a
constant process, just as building on my mileage is, and I was going to have to
truly commit to this journey.
When you train for a marathon, you start small, and add
miles slowly to both short and long runs. You don’t just run 20 miles once on
the weekend and suddenly you can do that every day. Your body can only take so
much change. So when I completed my transition into my Road-X 233s, I was
running comfortably in them for 3-5 miles.As I started to up my long run mileage while preparing for Vegas, I
slipped on my 233s and hit the road for a 7 miler. However, around mile 6, I
noticed some soreness similar to my earlier 233 run days. Wait a minute, I transitioned!
I am a 2 Arrow SHOC-ZONE natural! Feet don’t fail me now!
I walked home thinking to myself, “What did I do wrong?” It
is obviously going to take time to go from 12 or even 15mm differential
sneakers to zero drop…but wait…how come my 6mm drop isn’t perfected after
It seems that after pushing myself on mileage that my body is
unaccustomed to, my Achilles, feet, legs, mind is also being tested again in
lower drop shoes.My body was used to
3-5 miles in 9mm and 6mm drops, but 7? Maybe not so much.
I decided to try my Road-X 238s for 6 miles, and felt
better. I am going to re-start the transition for my longer run days, and
slowly get my body used to lower differentials with higher mileage, but I will
continue on my transition journey during the week for my short runs.
Everyone is different, so maybe you aren’t experiencing this
problem (I am jealous), or maybe you are running into other obstacles. What are
you going through on your transition journey and what are you doing to stay on