After almost 3 months of waiting, I finally walked out of my podiatrist’s office with orthotics. I really questioned whether it would ever happen! Like I have been saying all along, don’t expect this to be any sort of magic cure. My plan is to use them for running for a while but eventually get strong enough that I don’t need them anymore.
For a long time I’ve been in the camp of the whole “less is more” thing when it comes to running shoes. This is one of the reasons why I didn’t even go to a podiatrist for so long (I knew they would recommend orthotics). But when you are struggling for SO long and what you are doing isn’t working, somethings gotta give. I hope to be able to get my feet (and the rest of my body) strong enough that I won’t need them forever.
Anyway, I have to say that they are better than I thought they would be. The last time I wore orthotics was almost 10 years ago. I was initially given a pair because of achilles issues. They were so stiff and uncomfortable! But I honestly don’t think I knew any better. I wore them until my hip started hurting and I ended up getting surgery. Then when I started running again I was able to run without them (that was over 6 years ago). These are much softer and I barely notice them in the shoes.
My podiatrist said to wear them a few hours a day (not running, and slowly build up to being able to run in them). This is tricky because during the week I’m not home very often. So I did what I could this week and they feel ok. Any tightness I feel was there before wearing the orthotics.
I got in some running this week but now I’ll probably cut back again so I can start running in the orthotics without overdoing it.
Monday: Soft tissue work, Strength training
Once again I was sore from doing 3×4 eccentric push-ups. In general I am getting use to the strength training program and more familiar with the exercises.
Tuesday: Soft tissue work, dynamic mobility, 3 miles
I don’t remember anything about this run, but luckily I have a picture to prove it happened.
Wednesday: Soft tissue work, Strength training
Another day of strength training. I was still a little sore from Monday, but the second day of workouts leaves me sore in different ways (I noticed my back and quads after this workout). Good thing I am foam rolling every day!
Thursday: Soft tissue work, static mobility, 3 miles
This run was kind of a struggle, maybe because I was sore from strength training? It just feels so good to be outside this time year in the warm weather and the bright mornings.
Friday: Soft tissue work, stability exercises, 20 minutes on spin bike
You may have noticed that I haven’t really been biking as much lately. It’s so hard to work out indoors when I know how good it feels to be outside! I knew I should take the day off running, but to get in a little cardio I convinced myself to hop on the bike for a few minutes. I barely broke a sweat but it’s better than nothing.
Saturday: Stability, static mobility, 3.3 miles
It was super humid out for this run, so I was kind of glad to only be doing 3 miles. I’m still doing a run/walk and will probably continue that until I am used to the orthotics. I always tend to walk up the hills. Part of me feels like I’m being lazy but I know I will keep better form if I take the breaks.
Sunday: Soft tissue work, stability, 3.1 miles
This ended up being a really good run despite the gross humidity. I ran almost the whole time (stopping halfway to take a picture). My pace really surprised me but I don’t usually know how fast I am running because of the walking intervals.
This is going to be another busy week (I should probably stop saying that because they are all busy!) but I at least hope to get back to my normal blogging schedule!
How were your workouts last week?
Have you ever worn orthotics? Do you still wear them?
Do you have a hard time convincing yourself to cross train in the summer?