The theme of this week’s weekly wrap is sore legs and cautious optimism, and I will explain why in a minute. I’m sure the sore legs part can speak for itself; however, I was pretty surprised which workout caused this to happen. Let’s back up a bit though. Last time I shared my workouts I was in Michigan for the weekend, and got back on Sunday. I didn’t even fully unpack my suitcase because I was traveling for work on Wednesday and Thursday. So the week was a bit hectic and I will do my best to remember what happened! I do know I didn’t run as much as I would have liked, but that’s ok.
Monday: 3.3 miles + Core work
I almost didn’t run on Monday because it was SO foggy out. I was glad I went because this ended up being my only weekday run.
Tuesday: AM- Strength Training; PM- Yoga
In the morning I did a total body strength workout. After work I was considering going to a yoga class at a studio, but decided I had too much to get done before traveling the next morning. So I got home from work at a decent time and did about 30 minutes of easy yoga.
Wednesday: 30 minutes spinning
I had to be on the road by 6:25am to travel for a work conference, so I just did a quick spinning workout around 5am. It felt good to sweat and knowing it was only 30 minutes made me work a little extra hard!
Thursday: 45 Minutes elliptical + Medicine Ball Workout
I stayed in a hotel on Wednesday night and was planning to run on the treadmill in the hotel gym. It was easier to pack for an indoor workout rather than worry about where to run outside early in the morning and what the temperature would be.
I had to leave the hotel for my second day of the conference around 8. I woke up at 4:30 and drank coffee while doing some work (I only had my work computer and don’t know my Bloglovin or WordPress passwords so I didn’t even try to do blog stuff.) Around 5:30 went to the gym to find a sign saying it didn’t “open” until 7am. However, the door was wide open and no one was around, so I went in. Unfortunately though, the treadmill wouldn’t turn on. There was only 1 treadmill and 1 elliptical so I got on the elliptical. I also saw there were medicine balls so took advantage and tried Laura’s Medicine Ball Workout.
Friday: 45 Minutes Yoga
I had been using a free trial of YogaGlo and wanted to take advantage of another class before it expired. I was intrigued when I found a class called “Slow Cook Your Core” so I gave it a try. It was 45 minute workout that focused on core (obviously) but really hit the hip flexors, quads, and hammies too. I say that because all these areas were sore for days following this workout! I’m thinking about paying for a month membership just so I can do it a few more times.
Saturday: 6 Miles
I think this run was greatly impacted by my sore and tired legs. However, I didn’t notice that they were sore until after my run, probably because of DOMS. During the run I ended up walking up most hills but it was still enjoyable, probably because I hadn’t been outside in 5 days.
Ah, a restful day catching up on everything I fell behind on during the week.
So, what about the cautious optimism? Well, I finally sucked it up and went for a 4th opinion about my foot. Let me recap who I had seen already about it:
Timeline of Foot Issues
-Early June 2016: Saw my chiropractor who did some ART and joint mobilizations. I think I saw him 2-3 times before I started PT (see below) and then again when it started bothering me a few months ago when he did dry needling.
-End of June 2016: Saw an orthopedist who did an x-ray and diagnosed it as PF (which I knew it wasn’t- I’ve had that before), wanted to give me a boot to sleep in, heel lifts, and ibuprofen. I turned down all 3.
-July 2016: Started seeing a PT who confirmed my suspicions of it being my posterior tibialis. I did about 4 months of PT and was discharged at the end of October. I had about 2-3 months of pain-free running until it started to bother me again in January, despite continuing with my exercises.
So I decided I might as well give a podiatrist a try. I didn’t expect to learn anything new but figured it was worth a try. I did some research to find someone in the area who works with runners and was easy for me to get to.
Giving in and seeing a podiatrist
I called on Wednesday and was able to get seen on Friday. I had another x-ray just because that’s protocol (plus it had been 10 months since my last one) and it looked fine. He agreed it was my post-tib and suspected I’m not letting it heal with the shoes I am wearing to work. So even if it was mostly healed a few months ago, there may still be tiny micro-tears that keep getting aggravated. I have been wearing Dr. Scholls flats which I thought had pretty good support but he said those style shoes make me grip my toes and may be making that area work harder.
We talked about how it’s pretty much impossible to find women’s shoes that are supportive, fashionable, and work appropriate, so I’m not sure what to do. He said my boots may be ok for now, but (hopefully) it will be too warm to wear them soon.
We also talked about the “O” word: orthotics. I knew this would come up. He taped my foot for now to see if that would help, and I go back next Friday for a follow-up. More on all of this in a few days. Sorry to leave you hanging, but this post is way longer than I planned for it to be.
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What is the most professionals you have ever seen about a single running injury?
Have you ever used a gym that was “technically” closed?
Ever been really sore from yoga?