After months of waiting I have finally started to get back into running. Tests have been done, the pain has subsided and we are slowly going to have to rebuild to where we left off. Just to provide you guys with an update. I was convinced to give orthotics a try for my horribly flat feet to see if it will help to reduce the cartilage breakdown in my left knee which should also hopefully reduce the pain I feel after running. Since I over pronate quite a bit my stability shoes on the guide 13 were not enough I guess, so the one thing that I have been avoiding since forever is up to bat now. Orthotics, which are quite expensive and thankfully I am covered under my insurance and only have to cover 20% of the costs.
I have been running slightly the past 2 weeks introducing a run walk program that my doctor advised. The idea was 1min on 4 mins off for 20 mins. Honestly, this was super humbling because it took a lot of restrain to stop running after a minute and then walk for 4 minutes. Even though I felt pretty good. Now were going to hopefully try for 2mins of nonstop running with no pain and see if it works out. This time around I am running with no tracker and going solely based off of feeling. I noticed that when I am tracking myself I start to pay attention to my distances and paces quite a bit even though I am going slowly. So this time around I just want to run and just enjoy the act of running this will hopefully push out the ego. This may just be me, but personally strava started to turn into a new social media app and I would pay attention to other runners paces/distances and subconsciously compare myself. Luckily, I noticed this and can now try to be more mindful so I will be able to continue to focus on my own progress. Instead of comparing I can just be happy for everyone else’s progress unconditionally.
If anyone can relate to any of the things I talked about I would love to hear about your thoughts/feelings. As always thank you for reading and I hope you guys are all crushing your goals and keeping healthy.
Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing