I have tried to forefoot to midfoot strike. I have the Brooks PureCadence and stopped using them while I was training for my half because I noticed they sort of hurt my ankles since I wasn't used to them. I decided I would wait to break them in until after my half marathon. Here we are now, post half, and I have tried them out. I first went on my treadmill at home barefoot to feel what my stride was like when running barefoot. Very different indeed. Then I went outside in the Brooks and went for a run in them. I focused so hard on how my foot strike was. I felt like I was a deer prancing in the woods. No lie. That was the exact thought that came to my head when I out there running. Is that how it should feel?
I have been foam rolling like a maniac. I have this one spot on my leg that I hit and I'm not sure if it's a ligament or if it's a ball of tissue but it hurts like a mofo to roll over and it moves and I am just not sure what it is. I have been told to hold on that spot for 30+ seconds to try to break down the tissue (if that is what it is) and I feel like I'm either going to throw up or pass out when I sit on it. It doesn't hurt so good. It just hurts.
I have been icing. I have a bag of peas in my freezer that everyone knows not to touch. It's been frozen and thawed so many times it would be hazardous to consume.
Dr. Tony is doing ultrasound therapy on me now. I've had 3 sessions of that. Not sure if it's working or not. I still have pain after 4 miles when I'm running.
I have tried ITBS bands for my leg. A couple different kinds. They don't seem to work at all for me. More of a distraction than anything. I gave them a shot on a few runs and ended up taking them off after I started feeling the ITB pain because they annoyed me that much.
What else can I do? I know what most are going to say...Rest it. I tried that for one week. Laugh if you want but that is all I could manage to do at this point. I don't feel like running with it is making it worse. And Dr. Tony has not told me to stop running. He has actually asked me what my race schedule is looking like and I have to say each time that I don't have one because I need to get my ITBS to go away.
With that all that said, I did go for a run today. I am on the search for some more trails in my area and I found one about 15 minutes from me that I never knew about. One problem that online doesn't tell you is that it's hilly. Really hilly. I was burned out after about 1 mile of hills.
Then you get out of the really hilly area and it goes to some street areas. I kind of felt unsafe.
Then it got a bit worse and went by some truck yard and some random apartments. I felt so disconnected from everyone. No one was out there. I felt even more unsafe.
Finally I got to go back and my energy at this point was at a zero. Then some random dude from behind passed me. First person I had seen out in that stretch. That poor unsuspecting guy became my game. I decided that I was basically going to chase him back to my car. I needed something to encourage me.
It worked for the most part but then my IT band started to get cranky so I slowed it down a bit and walked some of those hills.
In the end I only did about 4.5 miles. They were hard miles. I'm glad I did them but they did not come easily today. No run seems to come easily to me right now and it's depressing to me. Just a few weeks ago I did 13.1 and now 5 makes me want to quit.