Mailbag Monday (01/25/10)

If you’ll notice, there’s a link on the right sidebar that leads you to my Formspring page, where you can ask me questions you might have about running, myself, and anything else you can come up with. Mailbag Monday is when I publish here on KIKAYRUNNER the most interesting Q&A’s people have sent in.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s mailbag. Many thanks to those who sent these in!

  • Hello congrats on your new site!!! Good nobody thought of using that domain yet… very nice! Hey do your ankles feel sore after running? Mine get sore even after a lot of walking, and from waking up. Right side only. Do you use any kind of ankle support? Tnx!

    Hello, thanks! I’m amazed nobody else thought of Kikay Runner — it’s mine now, haha!

    My ankles used to get sore after running, but that was before I changed my shoes. Apparently I wasn’t getting enough support for my weak ankles (I’ve sprained both of them in the past). My shoes are the Nike Air Span + 6, and the support in the shoe is enough to control my right ankle’s slight collapse inwards when I walk.

  • Meron ba parang ‘ankle band’ sort of something you wear to support it? OK naman mga walking shoes ko. At home, i have two [pairs of] slippers. Pag suot ko yun Islander my ankle gets sore, probably because it’s flat. But if i wear the cushy duralite, no problem. Hehe. Weird.

    I know there are neoprene and Velcro ankle supports you can buy from sports stores like Toby’s. 🙂 Now, I am not a podiatrist or orthopedic doctor so I can’t really tell you why your ankle hurts with one kind of footwear and not the other. Some studies and books say that modern footwear with all its arch support and closed toes have actually weakened our feet. Your flat Islanders force the small muscles in your feet to work, and since your feet aren’t strong enough (yet), that’s probably why your ankle gets sore. Consult an orthopedist or a podiatrist if the soreness really bothers you to the point of immobility — or just toss the Islanders. 🙂

  • Any take away ideas and thoughts from “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall? 🙂
    1. I don’t believe in evolution, but I do agree with the book that humans were built for running. I think God created us that way. 🙂
    2. Bare feet are not bad at all! But nobody should run shoeless on gravel, LOL.
    3. We’d all consider ourselves born runners if we were allowed to run in our childhood. If it’s unsafe to let your kids run outdoors on the streets, find them an activity to help them get off their butts, away from their PSPs, and stretch their legs and use their bodies.

(Questions may have been edited for formatting, clarity, and conciseness. Q&A’s in full are viewable on my Formspring page.)

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About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in wellness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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