12 hrs 30 mins running
2 strength circuit classes (45 mins each)
3 therapy, massage, PT sessions at gym and home
1 Rest Day, 2 days with only 3 miles each
Really good with week with tons of quality running. The snow is melting very quickly and the options are opening up daily for better routes.
Oh Lord...Stuck in a Low Dye Again!
I may have found the answer to my shin issues. I was poking around Youtube looking for shin splint info, as usual. I found a taping technique called Low Dye taping. There are tons of videos and lots of different ways to do it, but they all seem pretty similar in effect. I knew when I took my first step with the tape on that I was on to something. I woke up with shin pain this morning on my left leg from my effort at Rapid River two days ago- typical. I was debating whether to warm it up and try to go for a run, or just take another rest day. When I put the tape on, my foot and posterior tibialis instantly felt normal. I walked around without any discomfort. When I started my run, the tape felt tight and rigid, but loosened up a bit as I warmed up. I ran 10 miles in my normal Scott Trainer 2's, then came home and went out again for another 5 miles in Race Rockers- racing flats. Both shoes felt fine, but the Rockers felt even better.
This tells me I have a problem with my left arch supporting my stride. My posterior tibialis tendon and muscle pulls until it agitates the tibia. I have a very high rigid arch and I have a distinct wear pattern on the outsides of my shoe soles.
This leaves me with many unanswered questions:
*Does the supported arch bringing me relief mean that I over-pronate?
*How can one pronate and supinate at the same time? Impossible right?
*Is the wear on the outside forefoot of the sole from forefoot breaking (slowing down) while downhill running, then rapidly over-pronating? This seems like it would tax the posterior tib and it is the downhilling that always worsens the pain.
*Does this mean anti-pronation orthotics would fix this issue?
*Can anyone recommend an extremely light and low volume orthotic that might work? I have been using a Superfeet pink (lady's) insole.
*Why is this a consistent problem for me from December to June, but not July to November?
In the mean time I'm keeping the tape on and the miles piling up. 11 weeks until Statesmas.