We are back and still moving along, putting in the work and trying our best to be patient with the results. I am sure the title has you wondering what exactly have I been converted to? Well let me tell you, I have had flat feet since the start of my time in 1994. Every doctor has noticed my extremely flat feet and all recommended orthotics. I honestly believed it was just a money grab. Now I am not fully on the orthotics bandwagon but I have been convinced to purchase them.
I received the insoles this week. To be honest I was picturing something VERY different when I got the insoles. Even the receptionist noticed my expression through my mask because she said “ya alot of people usually expect something different when they pickup their insoles”. The orthotics looked like the same ones that I bought off amazon but they were just not made specific to my foot. Anyways, I took them out for a spin and it hurt my feet within the first 5mins. I do not recommend running in them without actually breaking into it. So changed the approach and just walked around in them. It is gonna take some time to get use to.
I felt a bit more solid on the landing but nothing to crazy. We will see once I start putting in the miles and checking if my knee continues hurting. I did clock some miles in without the new insoles. Did me 2-3 runs without tracking it on Strava just to leave the ego out of this recovery phase. I have been feeling pretty good no real discomfort during or after the runs. I am continuing my stretches (which I have been getting very addicted to) and it just feels sooooo good when I can touch my feet. Little TIP for the new stretchers out there, do the stretch, then take a deep breathe reset the body and then try to reach again. Continue this and let me know if you notice your mobility increase. I personally was shocked with how far I was able to go. Like just being able to touch my toes was a struggle until I practiced the breathing technique and I was able to grab my toes and I just thought I was bending my knees but I was not! No idea why this works but it does!
So once I start really using the orthotics I will let you guys know how the body is feeling and then maybe I will actually become a orthotics believer. Anyways thank you for reading I hope you guys are enjoying your runs, reaching your goals and staying safe.
Stay happy, Stay healthy, Keep breathing