Friday I went to see the Dr about my foot/hip issues. He definitely thinks they are related, but time will tell. He thinks the issues I'm having are due to VERY tight calf muscles. And, because my left foot slightly overpronates, the more miles I put on, the more stress I put on it.
There is a muscle that runs along the inside of your calf, then around the back and underneath of your ankle bone and then attaches at the bottom of your foot. This is the muscle that he says is extremely tight.
He said if it weren't for the unbalance issue with my left foot, that I easily could have had this problem with either, or both feet. As the muscles tighten, they pull on the bottom of my foot - and as it gets tighter, the pain continues up the inside of my leg. If ignored, the pain will keep going higher and higher, and eventually could lead to major problems.
He did a pretty thorough massage of my foot & calf and when he pressed in the area that he said was the biggest problem it really hurt. That night it was quite achy, felt like a bruise.
And while massaging my hip he noted that my IT Band was also VERY tight. He was surprised that I hadn't had issues with it and said I need to pay alot more attention to that area.
He told me to definitely run this weekend and I have another appt with him today to see the affects. And I'm to do lots of stretching after my runs and for the next while ice for a good 20 minutes afterwards if possible.
So ... run I did!!! And it felt great. After a stressful, busy week and no running I couldn't wait to get out (and play with my Garmin).
Saturday I took the dog and we ran downtown. First off ... I don't enjoy running in the city. Sidewalks, street posts that the stupid dog runs around and gets caught, stop lights - very disruptive! But it still felt good to get out. I ran a very casual 4 miles/6.3 Km. Afterwards my foot felt a bit sore but not as bas as it's been, but my hip was fairly achy.
Sunday I had grand plans of going into town early and meeting up with the running room group .. but I'd had a busy night and a so-so sleep and when the alarm went off I thought no way. However, late in the afternoon I went out and had a great run - 3.1 miles/5K at an average pace of 8:34/mi - 5:20/km - 7 mph. It felt awesome! My foot is still feeling really good, but I think the hip is worse. Guess we'll see what the Dr. says today.
I've got some pictures to post of what we were up to this weekend, and a recap of January, but I'll leave that for tomorrow - as well as an update from the Dr.
But before I leave ya ..... there is an awesome giveaway in blogland right now:
Running Skirt Giveaway at Endurance Isn't Only Physical
Unfortunately one of the conditions of this giveaway is to mention it on my blog - heeheeee. I wish I didn't have to because I SOOOO want to win one of these skirts. I drool over this skirt site once in a while when I'm bored at work. So I'm really hoping to win!
Hope everyone is having a great day!!!!!