March 19, 2014 by Amy B
Yesterday, I skipped the interval run. I knew I had a window of lunch time to get it done. I felt like shit. The soles of my feet hurt. My legs were tired. I decided to bail.
I hate bailing on scheduled workouts, but this is all a part of the listening to your body and remembering the world isn’t going to come to a screeching halt if you skip a workout.
I had also done intervals on the bike that morning, so I wasn’t a completely lazy ass.
I didn’t think adding in bike workouts would make me this tired, but whoo-boy. Maybe I’m overtraining, though I tend to think that I mostly just overthink things.
Got on the bike again this morning for my easy 30 min spin.
I’ve been feeling really nauseous lately (no, it’s not *that*, and I know, having been there twice already) and this morning, in addition to awful back cramps (god, am I in labor and don’t know it?) and just feeling shittastically awful, I stayed home to do some work from the comfort and quiet of my own living room/reclined position on the couch. It was absolutely the right decision.
After lunch I decided that an easy 30 min run (with a necessary stop at the mailbox) couldn’t make me feel any WORSE than I was feeling, so I did. The roads were snowy and sloppy and I forgot the spikes at home, but the weather was very decent. And verdict: I don’t feel worse.
I also don’t feel fast, but I guess that’s why they call it EASY.
But here’s the big news of the day: I think I’ve got a theory re: my stupid arches.
I’ve had some arch pain in my left foot for a long time now. Mostly I just try to ignore it but I think I end up striking on the outside of my left foot in an attempt to avoid it. I’m sure I’m totally screwing myself up for (running) life.
Today I cut up an old insert from a pair of Nimbuses and did a hack job of taping it underneath the arch of the insert of my Cascadias. And cue the angels in heaven in all their running glory, because no pain. In the arch. At all.
So I’m thinking perhaps my left foot has a higher arch than my right (I can wear any neutral shoe on my right foot with no problem), and does this mean I should try an insert for the left shoe? It is probably preferable to ghetto-taping foam in my shoe like I’m doing.
I’m happy to have discovered this but on the other hand, not happy to kind of confirm that I probably need to make some serious adjustments in my running footwear as soon as I can. Hip pain? Knee pain? Ah, so that’s why. Oops.