Today was disappointing but ultimately exciting!
I had contacted Track Shack about joining the already in progress Marathonfest to help me get ready for my next step in distance training. I never heard from anyone back! So today I called the store and got to someone who started screening me. I gave them many answers to questions about my weekly millage and also fitness level. I explained to them, I think the right way, that I had just finished my first marathon. To my dismay they suggested that marathonfest was over my head and that perhaps I should look to doing something a little less strenuous to stay injury free and build a good base. I agreed but was also a bit disappointed.
Come to find out the same person whom I contacted for marathon fest was also the contact person for five and dime training. I contacted her and explained all that I had been through and gave just a bit of information about my running experiences. She immediately got back with me saying that they are going for a 6.5 mile run on Saturday and I was more than welcome to join in marathonfest if I was up to it! THIS IS EXCITING. I feel like a whole new world is about to open up for me and my enjoyment of running.
I went for an easy 3 mile run (turns out that my pace was much faster than usual, 8:27!). I did this run from where I work (my plan B from my last post). It was nice getting to run in my Beasts that had been out of town for a whole week getting orthotics installed.
Tomorrow will be day 3 of my orthotics and I will have worked up to wearing them for 6 hours. The podiatrist wants me to take it easy breaking in my orthotics and getting my feet used to them. I am not allowed to wear them all day and defiantly not run in them yet. But he did say that I will need to start running a little at a time and to start weening myself off my old spencos.
…this is getting exciting!
Today I went to the podiatrist to get fitted for custom orthotics. I am excited and scared about this. I have read many posts on blogs about the good and bad of orthotics. My podiatrist is himself a distance runner though and I trust his suggestion, after all he is the podiatrist and should know a little about feet.
As I sat on the bench with my feet off the floor he proceeded to take castings of my feet. Mind you I think I have very weird feet. They are very flat and I have very crooked toes. I have never had a good time finding shoes that were comfortable. At the conclusion of the casting he asked where the pair of shoes were that were going to be sent with them for the fitting. I had not known about this (that I had to bring another pair of shoes that fit with me). I now
had to go home and come back with my shoes…ah which shoes to bring?! The doctor said he just needed to be shoes that fit me well and not necessarily my current running shoe. But then if I didn’t bring my current trusted pair would I not get the right fit? Decisions decisions!
I went home and took my Brooks Beasts on a last tempo run before sending them off for fitting. I figured if these are my trusted shoe and got me through the marathon then they are the ones I should send.
I like tempo runs as the music tends to distract me from thinking about every part of my body. Sometimes I obsess about my knees or my feet and think myself into injures. Upon my quest for running my first marathon I had a “contusion” on the outside of my left foot. I had micro tears on both achilles. And to top it all of I think (I am still wondering what is going on here) I am experiencing IT band issues. I will delve into this in another post I am sure….as it is still lingering.
I packed up my beasts and took them in to the podiatrist office….it was not easy…and left them there. I did pay the extra money to have the process expedited. I figure the sooner I get the shoes and orthotics back the quicker I can start the adjustment period and get back into where I am in my fitness. As it stands the doctor told me that I will not be able to run in the orthotic for a week when i get them back. Wish me luck! I hope they work for my funky feet and weird structure!