I am so excited to be getting back into regular running again! Ever since my foot pain began back in March, I have been struggling with running. Luckily, I’ve been taking lots of fitness classes with the help of Class Pass (<— Get $20 off!! Affiliate link) so I haven’t totally lost all my fitness abilities.
But getting back into running is not easy! I am still in the run/walk phase of running but I have started increasing the distance slowly. Thanks to Runners Connect podcast for keeping me entertained on these outings!
Foot Pain and Chiropractor
Back in March, when I got a shooting pain in the outside of my left foot, I was told it was likely tendonitis. I didn’t want to pay for an MRI to confirm if it was any type of stress fracture, so I was booted up and took some time off of running.
Fast forward 5-6 months and I’ve still been struggling. The pain is not as bad, nor as sharp as it was back in March but now it’s more of a lingering throbbing pain that occurs usually when I’m not running. This is good because I’m able to run relatively pain free but bad because there’s still pain and it concerns me to try and run longer distance (I’m looking at some half marathons early next year).
So I did something new – I went to see a Chiropractor! I got a recommendation to see Sam at Sport Works Chiropractic here in Minneapolis with the notion that my foot pain might actually be cuboid syndrome. I quickly googled cuboid syndrome and found that it is a “common cause of lateral foot pain” and that it’s often misdiagnosed so symptoms may last a long time. Well this seemed like a plausible diagnosis to me!
So I went to see Dr. Sam and he did cupping on my left calf, a lot of bending and moving of my foot and leg, and some quick readjustments that he said should help. While I was there, I had him look at my right quad/hip flexor because it’s been really tight and painful to do squats. He also realigned my hips because well, that’s what chiropractors do right?
New Running Shoes
In addition to my chiro work, I also got new running shoes. It’s about time! Because of my lack of running, I don’t think I had gotten new shoes since back in January, which is way longer than I usually wait between new shoes and it was definitely time.
Races I Signed Up For
I also realized after running the MuckFest MS mud run, that I miss racing so I signed up for a couple of 5k races in October.
The first is the Chocoholic 5k in St. Paul, MN on October 2 because chocolate + running = perfection!
And the other one is the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend 5k on October 8. I had entered the lottery for the 10 miler race that weekend but I didn’t get in and probably for the best as now I can run an easy 5k and see how that goes.
To sum up, I think my foot is getting better and I am getting more confident about being able to run again. So all in all I am excited to get back to running (pain free!) and in perfect time because I love fall running weather and the weather has been pretty great here in Minneapolis.