I also think the low-drop aspect of o' shoes aggravates my achilles more than running shoes, where it generally isn't much of a problem. But I don't like orienteering in running shoes, so I'm going to continue with just hoping that it stops hurting.
This seems like a case where even Phil would have better logic, and we know how bogus he can be.
The shoes aggravate your Achilles. Your Achilles is an ongoing problem that can seriously impact your training and racing if they get worse. So if you really love the O' shoes (which I'm not sure is even the case), at least only wear them for really important races. And the park-O series just isn't that.
We sit around talking about how stupid Ken Sr's training is. You don't have to try to outdo him.... :-)
she can't resist a challenge.
I love my Icebugs, but only wear them for serious races, because the tear up my feet.
There exist icebug trail shoes with better cushioning, less drop, and metal studs (less aggressive cleat pattern, to be sure). You could give those a try. E.g. these
Yes, I use the Spirit. Very minimalist, light and fits like a glove. But not much protection for the sides nor sole of the feet. Thanks for the tip.
Or you could do the proper remedial exercises.........every day, fore ever...
I wouldn't condemn the O shoes, having more heel lift is just a temporary and non permanent fix,,, ie , it relieves the symptoms but does not fix the underlying problem, in fact, over time, it will make it worse.
I would never wear typical running shoes in the woods. I find the risk of ankle twists too great, but maybe I am more suceptable .
Nothing wrong with Alex's logic. Stripped down, her argument is:
1. I don't like orienteering in running shoes.
2. (Implicit premise) If I don't like doing something, then I am not going to do it (no matter what!)
3. Therefore, I am not going to orienteer in running shoes.
Of course, it helps to know Alex to draw out that implicit premise.
Phil is correct.
I do my heel drops, generally every day.