I have really been struggling lately. I just cannot seem to get rid of the pain in my left heel. Well, I guess I can get rid of it……..if I don’t run. But that, obviously, is not an option. It’s not like I’m running a lot. In fact, I’m hardly running at all: I run 3 or 4 1-min segments out of a 30 minute walk. Almost always everything feels great while I’m running, but later in the day things get painful. It has really been frustrating. I’ve been doing Pose drills to help ensure I’m running Pose correctly. (I don’t know for sure that I am running Pose correctly. I haven’t taken a video of myself in a while.) I’ve also been strengthening my feet through barefoot walks and a little barefoot running. Obviously I’ve been committed to getting into minimalist shoes. I’ve really internalized this concept of getting the feet stronger. It makes so much sense to me.
Today I tried something new: I put a Superfeet insole into my left shoe and went out for my 3 min run. It kind of struck me that maybe my foot needed a little more rest to really get better. I’m viewing this (if it continues to provide relief) as a temporary fix; ala the perspective I espoused when I wrote this article. If wearing a Superfeet insole enables the foot to be pain free, my current thinking is to use it for a while, then go through another weaning process similar to what I did to get out of the big honkin’ orthotics.
So hopefully it’s a temporary fix and not a backslide into the comfort of artificial arch support. It isn’t very much arch support. And the Superfeet are both thin and not padded – so hopefully it will still enable my foot to feel the ground, move, and get stronger.
And maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to increase from three minutes……to four…….to…….heaven forbid………even more?