Running with MS
Francisco had ordered a pair of the New Balance Minimus trail shoes; the T10 v4. We joked a little about how popular this release was because it finally went back to the original design everyone loved. That shoe created quite a following.
Francisco has MS and he’s a runner. Someday, that won’t be the case, but for now he can still find joy there and he does. His gait is such, that his left foot swings through a little low and the tread beneath that toe wears out really fast – even with the Vibram outsole. He wondered if there was anything he could do about that and we kicked around some ideas.
After he left, I went to the running subreddit and asked the same question he had asked me, and I wanted to share some of the responses here;
“I like the trail shoe idea. My suggestion is if the shoes are not worn out find a product like Shoe-Goo to build up the tread so it takes longer to wear down. I used to build up my treads with this to get longer life from my shoes.” ~ /u/amh_library
That’s a really great suggestion that I’ll remember.
“This may sound like a stupid idea, but here goes. Occasionally companies will help out people with special needs, perhaps such as needing more left shoes. Maybe you could reach out to the suppliers, explain the situation and see if maybe they can either sell single left shoes for him or even provide them? It’s probably a stretch, but if it makes them look good then they might consider it.” ~ /u/CatLadyTheSecond
This will require some follow up but if the worse they can say is “No”, then it’s totally worth it. I should have the contact information to actually get this request to the right person.
“Somewhat of a side note, you should look up Kayla Montgomery. MS pt with amazing running story, though I’m not sure about what shoes she used, might be worth looking into” ~ /u/YogiMooseTX
This one got me choked up a bit. I’ve seen it before, but it really hits hard each time. I was pretty much blown away by Francisco and Kayla’s story broke my heart in a good way. It’s the spirit that gets this huge setback and doesn’t quit.. that has a certain demise on the horizon, a degenerative disease like MS where people slowly lose functionality going from wheel-chairs, to beds, ventilators, feeding tubes and finally death… all of this staring a person in the face and still they run. Right up to the edge, each time.
I really loved one phrase that I think sums up a lot of this tenacity;
“As time goes on, I get back up” ~ Kayla
No matter what, get back up and try again to push against the impossible.