Run(ning FAIL): May 29 – June 4

So a week late, let me tell you about last week’s workouts. Aside from the obvious high point of having a three-day weekend, the high point of last week was my trip to the physical therapist on Tuesday morning. That’s right kids! I’m finally cleared to run!

I wasn’t expecting to get the go-ahead quite so soon. I also wasn’t expecting to have orthotics made on the spot. When I heard custom orthotic, I envisioned having a mold of my foot made and not even seeing a shoe insert for another 4-6 weeks.

Instead, I learned that making custom orthotics is a lot like doing an arts and crafts project. The PT would try out different thicknesses of foam under different parts of the insert and judge how they would change my foot strike. The idea was to diffuse the load from the base of my big toe onto the outside of my foot instead.

On one hand, that sounds like a reasonable plan. On the other hand, that sounds a bit to me like running in stability shoes when you need a neutral shoes; it seems like a bad idea. As you may expect, I was able to look past my concerns in the name of starting my return to running plan.

Day one of the plan went as expected, as instructed, I did more walking than running which was kind of a drag, but it went pretty well in general. My second run was supposed to be last Saturday. Notice that there is no run listed below. I ran for about 4 minutes before admitting to myself that my foot was in a lot of pain. I behaved myself, stopped running, and hopped on the bike.

Ok, that isn’t exactly how it played out, I think about an hour lapsed between my running attempt and my bike ride during which I cried and pouted like a two year old. Not my proudest moment, but I was so frustrated that I didn’t know what else to do. I decided to take another week off of running before trying again. Fortunately my next attempt ended better, I’ll keep you in suspense. I know it is absolutely riveting.

Sunday: rest
Monday: rest
Tuesday: run/walk 2.91 miles (Day 1 of my return to running plan.)
Wednesday: 45 minute spin class
Thursday: 12.5 miles bike trainer
Friday: rest
Saturday: 12.5 miles bike trainer

Running Weekly Total: 2.91
Running May Total: 2.91
Running 2011 Total: 310.27
Miles on Shoes: 248.96
Miles on New Shoes: 30.31

Cycling Weekly Total: 24.5 (measurable)
Cycling May Total: 121 (measurable)
Cycling June Total: 24.5 (measurable)
Cycling 2011 Total: 622.44 (measurable)

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2 comments
  1. Jena said:

    Glad you were able to get into the physical therapist, and get some orthotics made. Hopefully that will give you some relief.

  2. Lisa said:

    Keep us in suspense?? That’s no fair. 😉 glad you had a first good run, and hope the orthotics help. Just make sure you monitor how the outside of your foot feels with them. You don’t want to end up with a new injury from having that part of your foot compensate for your toe area. Take care Brit!

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