After my tentative 2-miler last Sunday, I ran a few days this week with no pain. There is a slight tenderness in the area above my left foot, so I have reduced my speed to just a little over a crawl. I tell myself there is a risk that the pain will return with a vengeance. According to my GP, I should be resting till the swelling disappears.
But the lump seems to have become a rather permanent fixture on my left foot and shows no sign of vacating the premises, so I have adopted a new rule: Run very slowly as long as there is no pain...and stop the minute you encounter the slightest twinge (My defense: My GP is not a runner. What does he know about running injuries?). Do I sound like an obstinate mule of a runner?
Here's my running and injury update:
Monday - 3 miles - Slow as molasses, but...hey, no pain!
Tuesday - core work & 20 minutes on stationary bike: I am beginning to suspect the bike may have something to do with some of the pain and stiffness, especially the muscle pull in my inner thigh. Hmm!
Wednesday - 4 miles: I realize that in trying to favor my left shin, I have somehow adjusted my running style and am putting more pressure on the base of my toes and knees (don't ask me how). I am now training myself to be conscious of every step. A sports doc once asked me to try the POSE technique. I may try the conditioning exercises associated with this method. Has anyone tried this running style? What are your thoughts?
I read that to run fast you must run slow first to improve technique - you must teach/condition your body to run in this style for as long as possible. If you run too fast/hard then your body will tire and revert to the old ways. Makes sense, doesn't it? (Bear with me if I am repeating what you already know!)
Thursday - 4 miles: It feels great to be out there running on Thanksgiving day. There are very few people about, but surprisingly, a number of dogs. I run slow for the most part, except when I am trying to put more distance between myself and 2 huge dogs, straining at the leash held by a wobbly skateboarder. Running and cooking leave my poor legs feeling stiff for a few hours.
Friday - core work: I steel myself for a marathon Black Friday shopping trip, and finish most of my holiday shopping (what a relief!) but this leaves me feeling exhausted; and after Thursday's stiffness, I am in no mood for a run. I manage to squeeze in some ab crunches and dumbbell action. I am tempted to join the running club tomorrow on their Saturday morning run, but decide not to. In a group, I tend to push the pace; and could end up getting hurt.
Saturday - 5 miles: very slow; I feel rested and relaxed.
Sunday - Body, mind and weather-permitting. Let's see what tomorrow brings.