Chris tells me just to take the advice from the doctor, but something just doesn’t feel right about this. Above is what I ran in today and I feel worse for it. I couldn’t seem to get the right gait going, and I’m sure running with a stroller didn’t help. I’m trying too many different fixes at once: braces, new shoes, run/walk, rowing, stretching, strength… and then orthotics in a few weeks.
None of it makes sense to me. So, I started to do a little research into orthotics, because I’ll be honest, I don’t want to wear them or become dependent upon a device when I wholeheartedly believe that if I had more time to take off, I wouldn’t need a correction. I’ve run double-digit miles in the past, in even more minimalist shoes without this calf trouble.
What I found was that orthotics are good to help through pain and recovery, but not something a runner should depend on for life. They treat the symptoms, not the root cause of the problem – which I am sure in my case is muscle weakness and imbalance. This is just something I am not sure I feel is right for me, while it is a perfect solution for so many others.
While out running I wondered if using the compression socks during all of my long runs somewhat dulled the muscle use of my calves and started to encourage muscle weakness? I never used them as much as I did the last several months and I felt like they were holding my legs up at certain points. Darn, the do look so cool, but they are beneficial in recovery!
I also stopped focusing on strength training for the past two months. When I stretch and strengthen, my tendinitis feels far better.
These are the thoughts running, hah, through my head. I don’t mind trying more cushioned shoes to support my body for longer distances and I still want to run on my forefoot despite the doctor suggesting a heel strike (which caused knee/hip issues for me for so many years).
Maybe the answer is in taking the rest of this month off from running and focusing solely on strengthening my legs, stretching hardcore, and cross-training to keep up my endurance and cardio health.
That feels right to me, except I have a 5k on Saturday…
Why did I sign-up for all these races this year? It’s turning out to be a disaster.
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