My shoes still haven’t arrived! This is why I had to make a desperate move yesterday. I went to Dicks Sporting Goods and came home with the same shoes that are currently in the hands of the postal service and not wanting to be at their mercy any longer, I bought another pair. When they finally do arrive, I’ll have three new pairs of shoes.
So. Very. Tragic.
These are the Asics Cumulus 17’s.
When I went to try out some new shoes recently my first selections were all Brooks, since I’ve been mostly wearing Brooks for the past few years, but after mentioning to the experts at the running store that I have scoliosis they shifted gears. They brought out quite a few different shoes and then they asked me a few questions and finally I tried on the Asics Cumulus 17’s. The Cumulus is a model that I wore for years and always loved until I started wearing Brooks.
Let me be clear here and just say that shoes have never been my problem. My feet are also not the problem. Typically I wear a neutral shoe as I don’t really under or over pronate.
My hips are also not the root of my problem although they do bother me occasionally. My problems are all based on muscle strain and imbalances and all of those things originate from a curved and twisted spine, scoliosis.
It doesn’t bother me often but when it does it can be nightmarish. Running is actually healthy as it helps to keep my bones strong but long runs and poor form can be hellish for me. I didn’t realize that I had scoliosis until I was older so a brace was never an option. In fact when the physician mentioned my twisted and curved spine he was surprised I wasn’t already aware of it. I wasn’t.
About 10 years ago was the first time that I had any real problems due to scoliosis and that came in the form of sciatica after sitting for too long. That’s when I first learned about stretching and how beneficial it is for me. The sciatica went away and only returned when I would sit for long periods of time without properly stretching throughout the day.
When I started running again about 8 years ago I didn’t have any issues for several years but then came problems with my Achilles, next was issues with my hips and IT band. I also had a little trouble with my knee. What had changed was the fact that as the years went on I ran longer and the longer I ran the more lax my form became and that’s where my problems started.
The Cumulus 17’s are a bit different than the previous versions I’ve run in. To me they felt more like the Nimbus and I think that’s because the Cumulus 17’s have the built in FluidRide System that cushions the entire sole. It feels sort of like running on a cloud but it also has great traction and stability. It’s definitely heavier than any shoe I’ve worn in the last few years but it doesn’t feel heavy when you’re out running. I tested them this morning and I’m positive I made the right choice in going back to this shoe.
My Brooks Pureflow 5’s may still be an option in the future but for long runs and training I need a shoe that provides stability and extra cushioning. I’ll still have to stretch and work on my strength training regularly, and I may have to add some physical therapy into the mix but I’m confident with the right balance, I’ll be running as long as I want to.
Are there any obstacles you’ve had to overcome to keep running?