You may have noticed that my blog has been lacking in one aspect…..running. Here’s the story, basically after I ran the Long Island Half Marathon I took a week off to rest, then when I did run so I could break in new shoes I tweaked something in my right knee. I have basically been resting with the exception of a few short runs thrown into the mix just to see how my knee was doing and currently I still have some slight pain but much better than 2 weeks ago. Just so you know I have been doing the Supreme 90 Day workouts and the recumbent bike pain free. I just have some slight pain when I run and I want to be cautious because I begin training for my next half marathon in mid-June.
Thursday I went to a foot doctor that specializes in running, he is actually the appointed doctor at many local races here on Long Island. Basically I need orthotics to correct the many imbalances I have in my gait. I am not only flat footed (the official term is Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction) but I am also bow legged and apparently I have a horrible gait. My left foot pronates more than the right (this is why I always get bad shin splints primarily on the left) and I drag my left heel when I walk. My gait is so lousy that the doctor thought I had some sort of injury and kept asking if I was in any pain, but I really wasn’t in any pain. Apparently I am a mess, in addition to these imbalances I have also been told I have slight scoliosis and that one leg is longer than the other, it’s amazing I can walk let alone run.
What you can’t see in this pic is exactly how flat my feet are, the left more than the right, but what you can see is how bow legged and thin my lower legs are…….very prone to injury.
Friday I went back to the foot doctor to get an F-scan, which analyzes your gait and exactly where you put pressure on your feet during walking and running. First the doctor’s assistant put sensors in my shoes, then I walked through the office, walked outside and ran outside so the computer could take a picture of exactly where I put the most pressure on my feet during these times. With this analysis the foot doctor can appropriately prescribe orthotics to help me correct my gait and prevent further injuries.
So, in 2 weeks I get the full results of the F-scan and my new orthotics. Since my knee has been bothering me I have decided to pretty much take off of running until then at which time I will start my half-marathon training for the Virginia Beach Rock and Roll Race.
I will be back, running is part of me but I also know when to lay off so I can prevent further injury. I hope everyone enjoys their Saturday!!
Run Often, Love Completely, Live Fully!!