Chris McDougall vs. Dr. Kates (Literature vs. Podiatry)

It's a showdown remisicent of Godzilla versus Rodan: my foot doctor advised me not to run until the lab finished making my orthotic shoe inserts, but Chris McDougall, the author of Born to Run, told me that not only are orthotics bad for your feet, but that I shouldn't even wear traditional running shoes, as these will weaken my feet, and instead I should run barefoot . . . and I don't know who to listen to . . . I ran barefoot the other day, despite Dr. Kates warning, and my plantar fasciitis felt okay . . . but I don't want to push it and run too far, especially because of what happened to Caballo Blanco-- the problem is that I need a clone of myself, so that one of me can run with orthotics and one of me can run barefoot, and then my clone and I could truly judge which works better (and there's RockTape to consider, as well . . . so perhaps I need a third Dave).

6 comments:

zman said...

No relation to Bennie Blanco from the Bronx?

Dave said...

i had to look him up. what exactly does a producer do? because whatever it is, apparently he does it well . . .

Igor said...

What the hell are you talking about? Benny Blanco was a weasely character in Carlito's Way. "Benny Blanco" is also street slang for cocaine, I'm told.

Dave said...

oh, THAT benny blanco. forgot about him. there is another, much more famous benny blanco. i assume zman knows him.

Squeaky said...

Find a really good local running store and have them look at your gait with the orthotics and will out. You could have two sets of shoes. One minimal and one with a little more cushioning or stability combined with the orthotics. The latter pair you can use while you gradually build up mileage on the minimal pair.

Dave said...

maybe i should start roller-blading again.

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