So happy to be running again in my favorite brand of trail running shoes. Salomon Speedcross 4s. Sorry fat ass Hokas, but I’m not a fan of big, bulky running shoes. I might even blame those Hokas for my lower back pain. Never had lower back pain before. Then, after training in those wide-sole shoes for a few months, suddenly my back hurts.
I’m serious about blaming those shoes as a possible cause. I’m a runner. If something’s wrong, blame the shoes. I know it’s counter-intuitive because Hokas are so massively cushioned, but soft shoes aren’t necessarily good. They forced me to land on my heel more than I normally would. That jarred and ultimately compressed my spine.
These new Salomons, from the first step, have me running in my old forefoot-landing form. I don’t hurt nearly as much at the end of my run, even though their sole is much harder. They promote the correct form, at least for me.
You might think I have no business dispensing such advice on running shoes and their relationship to injury. I don’t claim to be a certified coach, or qualified sports physician. If you expect professional opinions from me, then you’re the fool. As an experienced runner, I live and breathe anecdotal evidence. That’s what runners do. We know how a shoe makes us feel. And man, these Salomons make me feel good.