I don’t know what I was thinking. I should have known better. Three weeks ago I received the Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Buckle. I slipped them on and ran 6 miles. My calves have never been the same since.
They’re flat, with knobs on the inside of the sole which you can pretend are ‘sensors’ to help you ‘feel’ the terrain. There’s no strength or support in the side wall of the shoe… it’s really just an expensive rubber slipper.
I’m now wearing a “propper” trail shoe with lots of support that also addresses my low arch. My calves and shins never quite recovered and I’m still spending 30-40 minutes per day just stretching.
Thankfully, stretching is one of Jaimi’s specialties so she has a bag full of great ideas to get me back in condition for the races.