Hey everyone! Week 5 is complete…well, sort of. Here’s what I was told to do:
I want to note that there are 5 run days on that schedule. My body absolutely can not handle 5 running days a week, and after talking to a few other runners we all agreed that the very easy run can be dropped for cross training if that makes me feel comfortable. I thought that would help me deal with all the pain I’ve been having in my legs recently too. Here’s what actually happened:
Monday: Yoga With Adrienne’s Bedtime Yoga. Best yoga routine EVER.
Tuesday: 30 minutes easy at PF. Had really bad leg pain afterwards. Sooooo much foam rolling.
Wednesday: My legs hurt a lot and I felt really tired, so I took my rest day early.
Thursday: Despite an impending 10 inch snowstorm AKA the biggest storm Anchorage has seen all winter, I made it to the gym (side note: we only got 2 inches). My stomach was killing me and my legs and feet hurt, but I was able to push through it for a full workout. 10 minutes easy, 25 minutes steady, 10 minutes easy.
Friday: My feet were KILLING ME. I tried to put on my running shoes but just walking around my apartment in them hurt so bad. So I did some yoga instead.
Saturday: I was feeling so motivated and decided to do my 70 minute easy pace long run. Except that 10 minutes into it I really thought my feet were going to shatter. The bottoms of my feet have been hurting lately but this time my ankles and the tops of my feet hurt too. So I stepped down to the shorter workout – 10 minute easy, 15 minutes steady, 10 minutes easy. I could not wait to take off my shoes! I went home and immediately burst into tears because there is something wrong with my shoes and I can’t do another run in them. I can walk all day long in every other shoe I wear but my stupid Adidas Boost Supernova 6s immediately create so much pain for me as soon as I put them on, so I know it’s not an overuse injury and is all shoe related. It would explain all of the random leg pain I’ve been getting since I started treadmill running. I wear my studded Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s when I run outside and I guess they’re just better for my feet because I don’t get that pain at all. I limped around all night because it hurt too much to put any pressure on my right foot.
Sunday: In a panic I went out shoe shopping because clearly a run was not going to happen. Our biggest shoe store Skinny Raven was closed today, but their smaller location was open so I drove right over there. My awesome shoe fitter lady told me that the shoes I’m currently wearing are all wrong for my feet! They are NOT stability shoes which is what I need – if the shoe salesman can spot my overpronation from across the room as I walk around, then I should not be in neutral shoes! I wanted to fly back to Philadelphia and throw them in the face of my stupid salesman at Philadelphia Runner for potentially destroying my feet with a comfortable shoe that was secretly messing me up! I wore them all summer while training for 2 half marathons, but I wasn’t doing the consistent running I am now so I guess it never got bad enough for me to notice. But I definitely feel it now!
Anyways, I then began the long and exhausting process of trying on every single stability shoe in the store. Which sadly was not that many. I narrowed it down to ASICS GT 2000 and Brooks Adrenalines, but they didn’t carry my size in either. So in a last ditch effort to save my feet, we headed over to Sports Authority to see what they had. And that’s when I found the only shoes that didn’t hurt my feet at all: the ASICS Kayanos! I tried on the 20s (apparently there’s a newer version and apparently they don’t exist in Alaska?) and ran up and down the shoe aisles like an idiot trying them out. And they felt like pain-free clouds! My biggest pain from my Adidas shoes comes from the fact that there are so many bumps and weird stabilizing points in the shoe, and I didn’t feel anything like that in the ASICS except overpronation support. Which apparently my Adidas shoes don’t have and is why my ankles hurt. So I went home and ordered these bad boys in the most obnoxiously bright color combo I could find with 2 day shipping:
So there are two upsetting things going on right now: I ran significantly less miles last week because I skipped what would have been a 6 mile run, and I now have to wait for my new shoes to arrive and make sure they’re going to work out for me before doing a long run in them. Oh and my feet still hurt, although it’s getting better. I’m a mess right now. I’ve never been injured for longer than a day or two, and I’m hoping that I didn’t do something to my feet that is going to mess me up for a while. And I feel so much pressure to keep on training so that I can be fully prepared for Zion, especially after they posted this on Friday:
So my thoughts are that I’ll try to run outside on Monday in my studded stability shoes despite the single digit temps, or possibly use the bike/elliptical at the gym in different shoes just to keep up my activity level. My new shoes will be here on Tuesday and I can try them out to make sure things are okay, and then I’ll follow the training plan from there. But if I have any more foot or ankle pain I’ll have to stop what I’m doing right away. I’m hoping things go okay this week and that I can finish better than I started!
Have you ever been fitted incorrectly for shoes? Do you hate running shoe shopping as much as I do? Do you run in Kayanos or other ridiculously colorful shoes?