I have been an avid runner for the past 4 years. In that time I have successfully moved into zero drop shoes (Merrell Bare Access and Road Gloves), and they have been good for me. This past year I tried a pair of Pearl Izumi N1 (Trail) and successfully logged nearly 500 miles on them with no real issues. With those being so successful I felt it was time to transition from my Merrell Bare Access for a road shoe. I got into the Pearl Izumi N1 (Road) shoe. I made that switch in December and have had some minor issues of pain ever since.
First was IT band issues. With stretching, ibuprofen, I was able to resolve that pain.
Then shin splints. a little rest, KT tape, ibuprofen and more stretching . . . gone.
Three weeks ago:
Popiliteus muscle (back of knee pain). Rest, more ibuprofen and stretching . . . gone.
front of knee (classic runners knee symptoms).
I am so frustrated. 30-40 miles a week and now 10-12 and getting a flat tire around my waist and needing anger management classes. LOL!
Is it the shoes? I have a normal to low arch. Do I need arch support?
Curious if someone might have some advice.
Ps. my Pearl Izumi's N1 Road version have around 250 miles on them.