This is not the type of post I was hoping to be writing today, but blogging about running means sharing both the good and the bad, right? I started to have some foot pain on Thursday, so I haven’t run since then. Before I get into all that, here is how my week of workouts looked:
Monday: 3.6 miles easy, 2 sections of Pure Barre Tone in 10 (arms/abs and thighs/seat I think)
Tuesday: 6 miles with fartleks
Wednesday: 3.2 miles + 30 minutes Body Pump On Demand
Thursday: 4.2 miles easy + this core workout
Friday: CXWORX On Demand + 15 minute walk
Saturday: 60 Minutes Body Pump On Demand + 30 minutes Body Flow On Demand
Sunday: 30 minute Yoga for Injury Prevention
Total: 17 miles
Walked: 21 Push-ups: 4 days
Yearly Total: 1060/2016
So my week was going well and I was really enjoying all the supplemental workouts I had been trying out. I did notice my foot felt a little off on Saturday after the race, but it went away and felt fine until Thursday. I cut my run at 4 miles because it just didn’t feel right, and haven’t run since then.
Do you ever feel like running injuries are contagious? I feel like I have read from at least 5 blog friends lately that they have had foot problems over the past few months. Luckily, most came and went relatively quickly so I am hoping mine will do the same. I am surprising relaxed and optimistic about this, even though I did miss out on a couple days of great running weather.
I feel like it’s probably a good time (mentally and physically) for a break anyway. I have done 4 races in 2 months and have been building my mileage consistently all spring. I’ve managed to go over a year without any injuries so I want to give my foot time to rest and heal before jumping back into anything.
So what happened? I don’t really know. I’m sure that racing in my lightest shoes contributed (although I have been wearing them for years and have done up to 12 miles in them). I also think that transitioning to sandals lately has been a factor. While there are symptoms similar to plantar fasciitis, I really don’t think that’s it. Or maybe that’s what it could turn into if I don’t deal with it now. I have had similar problems twice in the past- the first time I was training for the Raleigh Marathon and using massage and KT tape it went away in a week or so. The next time was due to walking all over NYC in uncomfortable sandals. Again, went away in less than a week.
I track the mileage on all my running shoes, and they are all at less than 250 miles (other than one pair which is at 350 but I haven’t worn them in a few weeks).
I’ve been stretching and rolling my calves, soaking my foot in Epsom salt, and using KT tape. I have also tried to stay off my feet as much as possible. This is weird for me because one of my 2016 goals is to move more, so seeing my Vivofit at such a low number makes me feel like I should go walk around. I had walked on Friday morning but later realized it was probably best to just stay off my feet for a couple of days.
I’m planning to try to see my chiropractor tomorrow, and take things from there. Today (Sunday) I haven’t felt it at all but we will see what happens when I am on my feet more tomorrow.
That being said, I am probably going to be pretty quiet around the blogging world for the next week or so. On Wednesday I am traveling for work, then I head to NY for a wedding weekend, and have a lot of busy work stuff going on the following week followed by a visit from Rob’s family. I think the best plan is to focus on everything else I have going on and not worry about blogging or running for a bit. However, I will have my 10 miler recap up tomorrow!
P.S. I really hope that running injures are NOT contagious and that no one else starts having foot problems after reading this post!
Have you ever injured your foot from running or wearing certain shoes?
How were your workouts last week?
Do you ever feel like running injuries are contagious?