First run in the kinvaras this afternoon (another light 3 miler to bring my calf back slowly). Really nice and light and didn't feel anything funny going on Other than the mild tightness in my calf which I had in the pegasus a couple of days back anyway.
Looking good, going to increase my mileage a touch for a run on Saturday. Should I go back to the pegs or kinvara. Also reminds me that I should also check the pegs for wear, got them a couple of years back and although I didn't maintain a constant mileage (due to playing football) they might well be a bit worn
Went out for my first run since my calf injury a couple of weeks ago, just a light three miles and I was concentrating on my technique. Not really changing it but concentrating on what I was doing and it turns out that I actually mid foot strike, well on my light runs anyway.
Ill see how the Kinvaras work out, I do intend to transition into them slowly and if they just arent workign for some reason then Ill stop using. On the upside the initial signs are good, neutral foot, mid foot strike so looking forwards to getting back to normal mileage once I have built my calf up
I am planning on getting a pair of Kinvaras - I think that a move to a 'zero drop' shoe would just be a bit too much. Even then, I am planning on slowly putting them into my rotation till I can do my normal mileage.
Steve, different running form should alleviate the impact on my knees but will be a transition period with alterations to my mileage and keeping tabs on how my calfs are going.
Seren, I am not looking for a miracle cure, though one would be good. Looking for something that will improve my technique and understanding that there will be an inevitible transition period is not something that I would consider 'half hearted'. I am keeping the Pegasus in the rotation so that I can maintain decent mileage while transitioning to new shoes/style.
Summary, dodgy knees (both have has meniscus tears) and I am slightly overweight (probably about 87kg just now). I have decided to go a bit minimalist and am looking for a bit of advice on what soes to get.
I am thinking about gettign the Kinvara 3s, they are now under £50 and seem to be somewhere between traditional shoes and 'proper' minimalist and zero drop shoes. £50 is at the top end of what I want to spend as I want to go with my normal shoes for longer runs (Pegasus 28), brak the minimalist ones in until I can do longer distances in the minimalist ones.
Any advice on alternatives or where to get cheap ones to try out would as always be much appreciated.
Thanks Taxi, I have read that due to the lack of cusioning you change your technique to more forefoot strick and with the heeldrop means the calf is under more pressure. I know that this can probably be done in normal trainers (which is how I managed to injure my calf a couple of weeks ago).