I may have mentioned a hundred few times that I’ve been having issues with my toes/feet lately. It doesn’t seem to matter which pair of shoes I wear (and I have everything from Saucony Triumphs to Newton Gravitas to Brooks Pure Connects and I switch regularly). At about the two mile point in any run, the ball of my right foot starts hurting and then the bottoms of my toes start to hurt. The pain doesn’t really change my gait and it goes away immediately upon finishing the run. But, I’ve got to tell you, running 9 miles with pain in the front of my foot (and it is pain, not just discomfort), really sucked.
So, I tried an experiment. I don’t seem to have the pain when I run barefoot on the treadmill, so I’m pretty sure my problem is my toes don’t splay enough in the shoes.
Today I ran 3.7 miles in 25 degree weather in my Vibrams with Injinji socks. My toes were darned cold, but there was no pain anywhere! Sweet! Now if I can just keep my achilles and calf and toes all happy at the same time LOL.