Happy Monday! I can say that with genuine enthusiasm because I had a really decent week and am finally excited to see what the week ahead will bring. I managed to fit in 5 pain-free runs last week and so I actually feel like I’m getting somewhere with this whole ‘foot thing’.
My week was still full of appointments, including a tough RMT appt on Tuesday which really dug at some of the issues in my calves and hips. And just to be safe, I also visited my doctor on Wednesday just to get her opinion and go for an X-ray to hopefully rule out any possibility of a stress fracture. There is no great indication that’s what it is but I’ll feel better ruling it out but this week while I wait for the results is going to be tough.
She didn’t recommend that I stop running (which I am taking as a measure of how likely she thinks a fracture is) so I made sure to get out there a few times this week for some slow and steady, but solid runs. And oh what a difference a few runs makes! I feel noticeably lighter-hearted and more optimistic tonight than I have in weeks.
I also went to visit my orthopaedist to have him take a look at my orthotics. I’ve only had them for a year but with the number of miles I put in this past year, you never know how they need tweaking. He listened to my complaints and read through the report that my physiotherapist prepared and examined my feet.
We decided on adding some temporary felts to mimic increased arch and heel support. He told me to run a bit and see how it feels and then we can decide from there if the changes are worth making permanently.
He decided to adjust my left foot only since it was the one giving me the most trouble and I couldn’t wait to get out and see if the adjustments made any difference. On Thursday morning I headed out to a local park for a bit of urban trail time and was so relieved to feel how good my left foot felt.
In comparison to my right, which didn’t have any extra support, my left foot felt fantastic. The arch felt solidly supported and there was no sloppy movement at all. My foot felt cradled in the orthotic and snugly wrapped in the mid foot of my shoe.
This was actually another change I made this week. There is a running store attached to my orthotics office so I decided to pop in and try out a half size down in my favourite shoe, which is currently the Mizuno Wave Rider 18. I’ve worn a size 11 for years but lately have felt like my feet are a bit sloppier. Not really sure what was going on, I figured it would be worthwhile trying on a half size smaller.
We tried the shoe on and it felt pretty much the same as the 11 but he took a look at my own shoes and asked about my lacing. For years I’ve used a ‘marathon loop’ which helps lock your ankle into the heel of your shoe ( a habit I started years ago when I got my first black toenail). He asked why I still did that and it’s purely out of habit.
He suggested I drop the marathon loop and showed me how to secure my shoe perfectly with the newly designed mid foot support in the Rider 18s. It’s pretty cool how they used the Mizuno bird logo to add extra support in that part of the shoe and it felt amazing once I re-laced my shoes and tightened them up.
I’ve run a couple times since then and already my feet feel noticeably better. And my left foot with the extra arch and heel support feel even better again. So yes, it was a great week for me and my two feet and I’m hoping this is the start of sorting out these issues and getting back into consistent training.