I saw this quote on Pinterest this week and it kind of stuck with me. “When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left”. You know that feeling when nothing seems to go right? Yea, that seems to be me and running lately. If it’s not one thing it’s something else. Let’s back up to where I left off with the blister last week.
I didn’t run or work out at all last weekend for fear or making the blister worse. By Tuesday is looked like it was healed and was feeling much better. I taped it up and ran with my orthotics in my Pure Flows. I must have aggravated it slightly, because on Wednesday as soon as I put on my shoes I could feel it again. Instead I tried wearing my Altra Provisions (no orthotics) and they felt ok.
Thursday was a strength training day and I didn’t run. Friday I rode the bike wearing Pure Flows (no orthotics). For some reason all day Friday my heel was bothering me again. I must have aggravated the area at some point without realizing it. So while it appeared to be doing much better, it was actually not feeling great. All week the area was really tight first thing in the morning because as the new skin was forming over night it would then have to stretch out as I started walking around. Ugh.
So on Saturday I tried on every pair of running shoes I own. I tried putting the orthotics in all my neutral shoes but knew my heel would not be happy. So I ended up doing my run in my Pure Flows. I felt great for most of the run, until the end when my left quad felt tight. No big deal, right? Well a few hours after my run it was still tight plus my ankle got tight. It all settled down by the next day but obviously those types of problems are NOT good for someone who has been injured for a year.
Next steps with the Orthotics
It’s frustrating that I really want to give the orthotics a try to see if they work but I can’t wear them because of my heel. I have a follow-up appointment with my podiatrist on July 11th so if they are still giving me problems they may need to be adjusted. (Which could take another 3 months….)
My other thought is to take the orthotics to a running shoe store and see what they think. Maybe there is a different shoe that will work better with them. The neutral shoes I have are the Brooks Launch, Brooks Pure Flow, and Altra Intuition. I also have 2 pairs of shoes with some stability that I wouldn’t wear with the orthotics (Brooks Ravenna and Altra Provisions). I really want to wear them with a shoe with a low heel drop since the orthotics add a bit of height on their own.
Here is a quick rundown of the week since that intro was so long:
Monday: Strength training Week 4 Day 1, soft tissue work
Tuesday: 3.1 mile run, soft tissue work, dynamic mobility
Wednesday: 3 mile run, soft tissue work, stability exercises
Thursday: Strength training Week 4 Day 2, soft tissue work
Friday: 30 minutes on spin bike, stability exercises, static mobility
Saturday: 4.5 mile run, soft tissue work, dynamic and static mobility
It’s a new week, and a new month. Eventually I will get this all figured out.
Have you ever felt like nothing was going right?
Anyone else struggle with finding the right running shoes as much as me?