- PT guy seemed to be much more thorough than Podiatrist guy
- PT guy really likes the orthotics Podiatrist guy gave me and encouraged continued use, although he added a booster to the arch
- Not only do my arches collapse but my bunions have severely restricted my toes from bending
- The restricted movement keeps me from "going off my toes" - this puts more pressure on the lazy arch and is probably the source of my pain. It's probably also reason for any hip and knee pain
- I have toe stretches to do!!
- I am double jointed and generally very loose (just not in my toes!!) - this is not attractive and I struggle with posture and taking a strong stance all the time. It's not only un-attractive, it is likely causing some problems
- PT guy gave me lots of exercises to improve strength and tone "from your butt to your toes, oh yeah, and your core, too." *jerk* :) just kidding !!
- I shouldn't have let all my great work in the gym in Jan, Feb, March go. (DUH)
- I probably should have been in better shape before I attempted this marathon schedule (DUH!?)
- I will be seeing PT guy again in about 10 days
- PT guy says the cross stuff is AS important or MORE than the running itself, TO my running. He recommends finding the right balance for me as far as how much rest between running and how much cross. He suggested I might only be a 3 run a week runner, but also that I could be BETTER if that is the right balance for me.
- None of this is really an INJURY, which stinks in a way. It is just ME, and I'm going to have to LIVE with it, but MAKE ME THE BEST ME I CAN BE. Isn't that what I am constantly working on anyway? And now, I have more direction. Just practicing my positive thinking...
He also said, "Knock yourself out at Capital Pursuit." So, Sports Fans, I am officially doing my first longer than a 5k race on Sunday. Yep, a 10 miler in beautiful downtown Des Moines with a few hundred of the fastest people around. Oh crap, what have I done???!!!!
I'll have tales from the back of the pack!!