Over the last two races I’ve battled with numb feet, however when training the issue doesn’t ever come up. I was concerned, but given the fact that this never really replicated with exception to those two races, I didn’t think the issue was serious.
As I decided to ramp up my training (only 3 weeks to go until the next race) I found trouble with my favourite pair of shoes (insert the sad face here). Not only were my shins absolutely killing me, but I also had some new found aches in my hip. I immediately thought that I just needed another pair of new shoes – surely it’s a simple as that, it seemed to help previously – but something told me that I should perhaps get my feet analysed first
I’ve found an awesome sports medicine centre in my area that mentioned they were able to look at my stride and feet in general to find out what was going on. With no wait needed (appt. was the next day) I was both anxious and excited to find out the ins and outs of how I run.
Surprisingly it turns out I over-pronate on my orthotics which were given to combat over-pronation (who could imagine?), the blisters on the inside of the feet were a dead giveaway, and it turns out to be IT Band and Fascia issues from my arch to hip in both sides – releasing for the first time was crazy painful. An hour and a half later I hobbled out of centre, in far worse pain then what I walked in with. The pain has stuck around, and perhaps been exaggerated through the stretches that I have to do.
I’m also under strict instruction not to run on consecutive days – I have to have a break in between runs – but at least I can run. Today’s run was 14KM and it was the first time that I experienced numbness in the right foot on a training run. There’s no need to panic, I just slow down and wait until feeling comes back. I’m not too sure where I stand on being able to complete my 2 Half Marathons in June, I’ll keep training as is unless told differently. My priority this year is for the Disneyland Half & the Dumbo Double Dare, so I’ve really got to make sure that I’m happy and healthy for the trip over (given the $$ spent getting over there), so I’ve really got to re-evaluate if I’m told to scale down my current training plan.
Has anyone else been training through injury? How did you cope?
Don’t forget to be awesome (loving my Sparkle Athletic band)!!