So the snowstorm yesterday was crazy. So much snow. So much wind. We hunkered down at home. Our power flickered a few times but thankfully, we didn’t loose it entirely.
You know it’s a bad storm when the New Hampshire State Liquor Stores throughout the state shut down at 3 p.m. As commenters on Facebook were saying – Shit got real. Lol!
I’ve got a ton of running related tidbits floating around in my head right now so I thought I’d share them with you along with some other randomness.
As I mentioned on Monday, along with my foot drama, I’ve been having some shoe drama. I’ve been running in the Saucony Guide for years. Back in January it was time to get a new pair. I wanted to stick with the Guide 9 rather than going up to the newest Guide 10. In an attempt to be frugal, I bought a pair of Guide 9’s from Amazon.
It was my usual shoe so it was going to be the exact same thing, right?
From the moment I tried them on, I thought they felt completely different than my old pair. They felt very stiff and rigid. I thought maybe they needed to be broken in a little bit even though I know that running shoes should not feel like they need to be broken in. I was still running in my old Guide’s and running in the new Guide’s for shorter runs here and there. A few times I got a pain on the top of my foot like my shoe was tied too tight. Basically, I hated the shoes and only ran in them maybe 5 times.
Two weeks ago, I wore those shoes for hill repeats. That’s also the day that my foot/ankle pain started up.
When I went to my PT last week for new orthotics, Jen thought my (new) shoes were way too rigid for my foot. There was hardly any bend in the forefoot. She said I should definitely NOT run in them again.
Over the weekend I went to Runner’s Alley and got fitted for new shoes. I asked the sales guy what he thought about my (new) shoes. Could there be that big of a difference between the two shoes even though they are the same style/make? He said no BUT the big difference could be because my original shoe came from Saucony. The newest shoe came from Amazon. It could have been sitting in a warehouse for the past year or longer since it came out. Who knows what types of conditions it could have been in that could have possibly made the soles stiffen up.
I don’t know if that’s what happened but it seems plausible.
Lesson learned: Buy your running shoes from reputable websites and stores.
Check out my balls! My friend Nicole mentioned these balls to me recently. In fact, she told me I needed to step on her balls sometime. I couldn’t wait for her balls so I bought my own and am so glad I did.
FYI – I couldn’t help myself with all the ball references. It was just too perfect. 😉
So the balls are accupressure for your feet. When you first step on the balls, it’s not a pleasant feeling. But then you feel things start to loosen up. I like to stand on them when I’m making dinner or getting ready in the morning while blow drying my hair and putting on makeup. I feel like I’m in much better alignment once I step off of them.
Homemade Strassburg Sock
Of course I have consulted Dr. Google numerous times since my foot started hurting. Never a good idea but you can find some really interesting things. With my mysterious foot pain, I have also had some Achilles pain in my right ankle. The Strassburg Sock is recommended to wear at night for not only Achilles issues but Plantar Fasciitis. I was curious to see if that would help me out but I didn’t want to fork over the money for one. Again, I’m being frugal. And I wanted it right now, not two days from now. Enter the homemade version of the Strassburg Sock. Google, you are a blessing. All you need is a pair of tall socks (I used a pair of snowboard socks). You put one sock on normally. You place the other sock half way over your foot and tuck the toe portion of it into the top of the other sock. Super simple! I have slept with it on for 3 nights so far. I thought for sure it wouldn’t stay on all night but it doesn’t budge. Funny enough, I have noticed a difference on how I feel walking downstairs in the morning. I don’t need the death grip on the banister as I hobble down.
New Physical Therapist
Yesterday I had an eval with my new physical therapist. He tested, poked around in my foot, ankle and calf, filmed me walking and running and still wasn’t really sure what’s going on with my foot. The only time I had pain was when I ran on the treadmill. Nothing else could reproduce it. My Achilles doesn’t feel tight. My calves aren’t that bad either. I go back on Thursday where hopefully he’ll have more answers after reviewing my running film.
He told me to lay off running at least until Thursday. In the mean time, I’ve been told to do whatever cardio I can do hard to keep my cardiovascular endurance up. I had planned on getting to the pool yesterday for some pool running but snowstorm Stella shut everything down. I really don’t want to go to the pool but I know it’s the next best thing to land running. Sigh. The things we do for running.
Have you ever had a huge difference in running shoes of the same make/model?
What sounds more fun to you – running on a treadmill or in a pool? Hands down it’s the treadmill for me.