Friday, September 9, 2011

Superfeet = Dead legs

On the advice of my physical therapist I visited Big Peach Running Co. to pick up some Superfeet insoles last Saturday. The calf tightness has gotten much better, but it’s still a nagging issue. We figured it was worth a try to see if adding a little more support to my shoes would alleviate the strain on my calves.


Now I know you’re supposed to ease into wearing orthodics. I walked around in them all day Saturday, then did a light 1 mile run on Sunday. My plan was to do my warm-up for the race in them on Monday morning, then swap them out.

Well, I made a super dumb move. After the warmup, I went to remove the Superfeet.


I realized I forgot to bring the actual insoles that go with the shoe. (You use the Superfeet in place of the regular insole, not on top of it). I proceeded to run the race and then my extra miles…so a total of 15k with the brand new insoles. Way to ease into wearing them Blondie.

I was in a rush packing my gym bag on Wednesday morning and didn’t take the time to swap out the insoles. Again, I ran a couple miles on the treadmill to warm up for spin class. By this point my arches are pretty sore, and my knee and hip are feeling a bit cranky from the changes too.

So last night I decide I’m going to run a 2 mile warm-up (since I’m a glutton for punishment) then come home and switch out the insoles for my remaining 4 miles.

Holy cow, if there isn’t a tremendous difference in how much “spring” I have in my step after taking them out.

Looking at the pro race pictures from Monday, I see I’m landing on my heels in each shot. I’ve always been a forefoot striker, so obviously the Superfeet were greatly affecting my stride.

I had a follow-up appointment with my orthopedic doctor today who agreed. Let’s nix the Superfeet, they’re too much support.

I’m hoping this is the answer to the “dead-legs” feeling I had. We’ll see at tomorrow’s 5k.

Remember kids....don't try anything new on race day. This is proof the golden rule still applies ;)


  1. i'd have to agree with your assessment...i recently tried these insoles in brand new sneakers having never done this before and wondered why i felt so uncomfortable. i was told i needed them because i had flat feet. i've made some adjustments and am now beginning to feel better.
    i thought it was just me.

  2. Good luck! I like my Superfeet... but only in one pair of shoes. It's really a trial and error thing, I find.

  3. Well apparently you didn't have dead legs today during your 5k. When I grow up I want to be fast like you!