Well hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Two weeks away from blogging is the longest break I think I have ever taken since starting my blog almost three years ago. I think this break came at a good time, as I was also taking a break from running and was busy with work and life stuff. To ease my way back into this, I thought I would give an update on my foot (which had started hurting around the last time I posted) and share the workouts I did over the past two weeks. They were very minimal but again, it was probably for the best when I was already busy, tired, and stressed!
So a few weeks ago I had some pain in the inner arch area of my foot after a run. I decided to take a few days off from running, and focused on stretching my calves, rolling my foot, and wore KT Tape. Over the first few days I thought it was getting better, but went to see my chiropractor anyway. He did some soft tissue work and mobilizations, and initially it felt much better. He said it didn’t seem like plantar fasciitis and may have been due to the joint being slightly jammed, and said it was ok to run. However, the next day it still didn’t feel great and I wasn’t in the mood to risk setting myself back further.
So I took more time off running, and between all this I was traveling for work and went to my friend’s wedding in NY. The day of the wedding my foot really hurt the second I put on heels. They were only about an inch high, but enough to aggravate things. I was a bridesmaid and we were wearing long dresses which I had hemmed to fit with the shoes, so I didn’t really have a choice. After pictures were over I changed into flip flops (not ideal but better than heels) and danced the night away even though my foot hurt the whole time.
So by the time I got home the next day it was hurting really badly, especially when I walked around barefoot on hard floors. I considered getting an x-ray or seeing a podiatrist. By Monday though, it had improved, so instead I decided to return to my chiropractor. He still didn’t think it was anything serious but we did talk about my running shoes, which I had been wearing around as much as possible.
For the past few years I have worn the Brooks Pureflows, Cadences, and Connects. The models have changed over the years and I never loved the updates. I went up in size due to my toe always getting banged up, but continued to have issues. My chiropractor talked to me about how something like that can cause not only foot problems but also issues up the chain. So off I went to Charm City Run to see if they could help me find something better.
We focused on finding a shoe with a wider toe box, and long story short, I ended up with the Brooks Launch. My second choice was the Saucony Kinvara which I may try another time. One thing that was interesting was I was told I have a neutral foot (which is what I thought, and that was why I had started wearing the Pureflows), but wearing the Pure Cadences that are a supportive shoe can actually cause problems because they push my foot out and my toes have to grip to pull my foot back in. I had thought a little more support would be better for long runs, but apparently not!
So after a few more days without running my foot felt progressively better, and I was able to get in some pain-free runs on Friday and Saturday. It will definitely be something I continue to monitor, but hopefully the new shoes plus a few weeks of rest helped the issue.
Here is a quick summary of my workouts over the past few weeks, from what I can remember…
Monday 6/13: Body Pump On Demand
Tuesday 6/14: CX WORX On Demand
Wednesday 6/15: Some kind of strength training/core work
Thursday 6/16: 45 minutes elliptical at a hotel gym, plus upper body strength training
Friday 6/17: 45 minutes elliptical at a hotel gym, plus lower body strength training
Saturday 6/18: Rest
Sunday 6/19: Rest
Monday 6/20: Rest
Tuesday 6/21: CX WORX On Demand
Wednesday 6/22: 20 minute walk
Thursday 6/23: Rest
Friday 6/24: 3.3 miles plus core work
Saturday 6/25: 5 miles plus core work
Sunday 6/26: Rest
Hopefully I can get back to a regular schedule this week! It was nice to take a break, but I am ready to get back to a routine and enjoy some of the summer weather we have been having!
I’m planning to do my best to catch up on other blogs this week (I have been reading most of them even though I haven’t been commenting) and I’ll be back in a few days to share what else I have been up to since I have been gone!
What have I missed over the past 2 weeks?
How do you decide which types of running shoes to wear?
When was the last time you took a few weeks off from running and/or blogging?