I was determined yesterday afternoon to run for ten minutes to gauge how I feel and to get a little bit of time on my legs. I ended up running three miles at marathon pace. Oops.
How did I feel? I had varying degrees of arch pain in my left (injured) foot the entire time. It would subside to a manageable level mostly, but would randomly spike in intensity. My calves felt extremely tight. They also felt tight before I got injured. I do not know whether this is related or if it's the shoes. I ran in the Saucony Virratas (0mm drop) and even though I ran in them last summer with no related calf pain/tightness, every time I have ran in them this winter I have had this response.
I kept checking in on my form and I felt like I was doing it right. I definitely need to strengthen my arches. I have abnormally high arches and that is likely the reason for my injury and will make me injury prone in the future if I don't have the strength to support that.
I am an intentional midfoot striker (and to be clear, the arch is not the midfoot. The midfoot is the fleshy ball of your foot) and ever since I switched from heel striking I have had no knee pain which was an enormous problem for me before. Sometimes I feel like I am landing on my toes, but when I ran by the floor-length reflective windows of an office building yesterday, I watched my feet. They looked perfect which was a nice surprise.
Since my doctor visit, I have noticed the over-supination my foot makes. It's actually quite exaggerated. I expect the 0mm drop contributes to this. For my next run (whenever that may be, definitely not today!) I will wear the 4mm drop Kinvaras and check in with my form again.
In the hour or two post-run I did have some pain on the outside of my ankle at the injury site. It went away after sitting on the couch and watching a movie for a couple of hours. This morning it doesn't hurt but is a tad bit tender.
So what does this all mean? I am pretty clueless as to how bad my injury actually is. I have ran through arch pain before and complemented with eccentric calf raises, hamstring stretches, and lots of foam rolling. So that part isn't scary. The pain post-run is more concerning and coupling them together concludes, at least from my perspective, that they are related.
I am seeing a Sports Medicine doctor who runs (!!!) tomorrow morning. I can't wait to get a little guidance for clearing this up quickly.
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