Any one else have a problem with your two legs not agreeing?
I have ridiculous over-supination in my right foot-strike. So bad, that the past month of training has led to a bone bruise on the outside of the ball of my right foot. Also, my entire right leg hurts. Think of all the bits that make your legs go – feet, ankles, knees, IT bands, hip flexors, tensor fascia latae, glutes, piriformis, sacroiliac joint ligaments… – all of those on the right side of my body hurt and I at least partially blame my right foot-strike.
My left foot-strike is far more normal, so my left leg has better form and is surprisingly perfectly fine. To add insult to injury, I think my left leg has been mocking my right leg while I sleep. Why else would it hurt more in the mornings than at the end of the day?
You may think I’m just whining or I’m an invalid or maybe I’m just crazy. But I think every problem has a solution. The key is that you have to know what the actual problem is first, not just the symptoms.
Case in point: ITBS makes your knee hurt, so many people think it’s a knee problem. In reality, ITBS typically happens because your hips and glutes are weak and you’re running with your knees angled in. Treating the symptom (knee pain) isn’t going to stop you from re-injuring yourself. You have to stretch and strengthen and re-tool your gait a bit, and you can avoid the knee pain altogether.
So in order to tell my right leg who’s boss, I went to the lovely folks at my local specialty store, the Trak Shak. The spectacular employees there helped me out finding some orthotic inserts for my shoes, saying that we should start from the ground up to fix my whole mess. Hopefully this will eliminate at least a few of the symptoms in my right leg… Add in some stretching and more strengthening and let’s all hope I can get back to running. A painful 5-10 miles per week just isn’t cutting it.
Just a quick note about local running specialty stores: if you’re not using the wicked amazing expertise of your local running specialty stores and then buying shoes and gear there to support the shop’s existence, you are totally missing out. Also fun about the stores? Getting to see people looking crazy, running around in the shop and running around the block outside in business casual clothes with their slacks rolled up trying out new running shoes. (Filmmakers – I’m pretty sure there’s a short narrative comedy in that somewhere… )
Sorry I’m so complainy today. Not being able to run for the past 5 days has apparently made me super grumpy. Maybe I’ll skip out of work early and go run.
(imaginary bonus points for you if you got the title reference!)