Well, runners, I am back at it. I find that I get discouraged if I am unable to go faster or further with each run. Even a foot doctor, who knows how to stretch, wears proper shoes and orthotics, can get a fair amount of pain from running. My regimen has changed slightly to accommodate the knee pain (old injury from bootcamp, ask me about it!) that I have been experiencing.
I am officially doing each “week” in this program (there are 9) for two weeks in a row to build up stamina and strength. I have also started just WALKING for 30-40 minutes on the non-run days to continue to strengthen my legs. This achieves two things: first it keeps my muscles warm, every day. Secondly, it allows my endurance to get built up (although slowly, but I was quitting before when my knee hurt so much!)
A few other tips that I am preaching to myself and YOU as we continue on our journey to healthy feet and bodies!
1. I am taking an anti-inflammatory on run days to minimize the knee pain. See your podiatrist or family doctor for correct dosing and medication for you!
2. I am diligently icing my knee and left heel (darn plantar fasciitis!) after every run.
3. I am back to using my stretching splint each evening to keep myself loose and limber.
4. I am TRYNG to not be so hard on myself if I don’t go faster and further. I know I am definitely doing more than I ever was sitting on that couch.
Till next month’s update!
If you have questions or concerns about your running/walking program, I am here to help! Contact my office anytime at 309-661-9975 or www.heartlandfootandankle.com.