Invisible Shoes - Barefoot Running Sandals

Friday, June 26, 2020

ok 6

still struggling to find my rhythm. I ran 6km at average pace. I felt fine, but it felt like a struggle the whole way. I had to stop a few times.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

good 5

Had a good 5km run this morning. Felt good. The run is still somewhat of a struggle and doesn't seem smooth. I still have to stop every now and then to catch my breath and it feels like I am working hard, whether I am running a fast or slow pace.

Monday, June 22, 2020

slow 5

Against my better judgement I went out for another run today. I really need to not overdo it, but I really wanted to go. I am just happy to be out running, it matters less if it is a good run or not. Today's run was not particularly good. I was ambitious in my head before I went out. I thought maybe to run 8 or 9 kilometers, probably at a fast pace.

Uch. It was so hot and my legs felt so heavy. I barely made it to 5km. Had to stop a few times to rest along the way. I guess I am still getting back into shape. Still, I was happy to be out there feeling good.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

nice 6

was going for more than 3 today. Was thinking 5 for a start, but was flexible, both to possibly less if it felt like I shouldnt be going more and also to more if everything seemed great. Up to 4.5 I was thinking 5, but then decided I still felt great so I'll go 6.

The run was fine, nothing exciting. My pace was good, but slightly slower than I expected. That's fine - trying to avoid straining anything or overdoing it quickly...

Friday, June 19, 2020

fast 3

went out for another 3km run. Felt like I could do more but I had promised myself to stop at 3 and I forced myself to keep to it.

I ran it very fast, though it was strange. In my legs it felt like a slow run due to sore leg muscles from Wednesday's fast run, but when I hit my km markers, I saw my speed was fast. It was so much faster than normal for me that I had to stop for a moment in the middle to catch my breath. My final pace was significantly faster than what my normal fast pace has become.

I felt good and my foot felt fine, but I am being cautious. I have learned that with post tibial tendinitis, if it is not hurting already, it could still hurt later. I was in some pain yesterday, but I am also being careful about doing the exercises I was given for this issue, so hopefully it should be nothing more than mild soreness.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

another 3

I am limiting myself to a maximum of 3km runs, at least until Friday, maybe until Sunday. So, today I ran another 3km, but this time I just ran without an attempt of keeping it slow. I surprised myself and ran back at my full top speed. I thought I would be somewhat slower and would need to build my strength back up, but it seems that doesnt drop off so quickly. The run was better than yesterday's but still not quite back to normal yet. The important thing is that everything felt good, no pain, and I am happily getting back to the routine of regular running.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

back to 3

it has been nearly a month since I ran, and the 2 or 3 weeks before that I only ran a small amount because of some hamstring pain. At the time I suspected my shoes as being the source of the problem. I stopped completely when suddenly I noticed that my normal foot pains had increased tremendously, with new sources of pain as well, and had become unbearable. I could not run. At some point I realized that the hamstring pain was almost definitely from my various foot pains, as I had subconsciously been adjusting my gait to minimize pain and it was messing up my running. That is why all those runs had been struggles and I needed a lot of rest stops as well.

In the meantime I went to the Orthopedist, Podiatrist, had anti-inflammatories, dealt with some PT and orthotics issues and tried to get my foot better. I was diagnosed with Post Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. My feet (mainly right foot, but somewhat on the left a swell) needed to rest, some medication and some TLC via exercises focusing on that part of the body - strengthening the calf and feet.

I feel better now, I think. The pain is pretty much gone, even much of the "normal" pain I had prior to the recent flare up.

I went out today for my first run back. I went planning a short distance of maximum 3km, and no hopes for any specific pace. I just felt it was time to start getting back out there and also to start bringing down the weight I picked up over the past few weeks. My body felt good but the run felt completely off. No rhythm, nothing in sync. It was somewhat difficult but that is to be expected after a significant break. I'll go for a few more short runs and then start building up again, assuming everything continues to feel fine.