I am still on the IC, but sitting rather on the very edge of that couch, ready to try a ultra short run later today or tomorrow!
It’s been a bit more than two weeks now (last long post about my metatarsal-related break here healthunlocked.com/bridgeto... ).
But I have been attending to and listening to my feet. There is still the remnant of “uncomfort” in my foot and I’m not sure what this tells me.
But I’ve decided to try an ultra short run this weekend in order to
- not loose my running fitness too much
- keep my metabolism up which is for me a driver for healing and well-being
- test out tentatively how my metatarsals feel after giving it a bit of a workout
- and just feel like a runner again.
I should be able to tell how much healing I’ve done, how much healing I still might have to go through and all of that with hopefully not doing too much damage if it is indeed too early to put my bones under the pressures of running again.
We’ll see and I’m sure there is a post in there, covering my experience during and after the run.
Whilst being on the IC I’ve been pondering still the question of wether to move to drop-zero shoes or not. You may remember me 2 posts ago being all set to start a slow transition to barefoot shoes, then 1 post ago suddenly not being that certain anymore, as overweight runners are advised against it. I am flip-flopping. So huh 🤔 🤷🏻♀️.
And I’ve been reading into it a bit more, gathered and tried different toe strengthening exercises and came across this video from Chase Mountains (see screenshot) exploring the process of transitioning to zero drop shoes
It’s really good, and has some really useful exercises for any runner, not just the ones chasing mountains or running in barefoot shoes.
He has a free pdf on his website about strengthening your ankles to prevent injury (although you have to do that annoying thing and put your ‘gotcha’ email in ), but this has really useful exercises for strengthening your feet.
I’ve also tried a Yoga-for-toes session that was described in a runners’ journal I came across (sorry, no link) and adapted it to my body. I had to throw some things out and amend others, as my knees are not yet ready to do toe stands or supine hero ( if you don’t know what that is, google it and read in awe … the knees are the heroes in that pose). I’ll probably will do a post about that routine over at the S&F soon.
Anyway, so where am I in my get-off-the-injury-couch journey?
- Well, I’m almost ready to see if I can lift off from the couch again.
- I am wondering (again) about getting a pair of zero drop shoes to very very slowly start transitioning (some experts even suggest never to transition completely but mix up your normal shoe-runs with zero-drop shoe runs).
- I am attending to this part of my body more, as after strengthening my knees last year, my longer runs this year have obviously thrown up the area of my feet as a weakness.
And then we’ll see.
Keep on keeping on, everyone. Even if you are not able to run, you are here and you are still a runner and there are so many ways you can still keep on strengthening your body. (Our Strength and Flexibility forum can also help with that at healthunlocked.com/strength... )