Over half of my time off due to the cuboid stress reaction injury is over, and counting down to when I’ll be able to run again feels great.
Dark-thirty wake up calls are no joke. I never thought I’d get up at 4:55 for a sport that isn’t running, but it’s happening. I go to BodyPump on Monday and Wednesday, and I spin on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I’ve been on the elliptical as well. The same faces show up every morning for the 6 AM classes, and I feel crazy productive when I’m done with the day’s workout by 7:00.
While I like the classes, I’m a runner at heart and will be glad for spin and BodyPump to complement my training, not make up my entire week of workouts. One of the most important parts of injury recovery is addressing why you got hurt in the first place, and last Saturday, I visited The Foot Store North in North Charleston to talk to a lady named Carolyn about my feet, inserts, and orthotics.
I underpronate on my left foot, rolling heavily to the lateral side where the cuboid bone is. I left with recommendations for new shoes as well as a special wedge insert to help my left foot roll medially instead of walking and running with pressure on the side of my foot. I’m using the insert when I walk now and will use it for running in a few short weeks.
As for running, my ortho recommended run/walk intervals for the first few runs, and I found Pete Pfitzinger’s “Returning to Running after a Stress Fracture” plan online. It looks like a good option for transitioning back to running, at least for the first few weeks.
I’ve heard all the arguments against online plans and toward private coaching, but let’s be honest, my running success is limited to local races, not the Olympics, and I run for fun, friendship, and fitness, not for a team or to qualify for Boston. Mainstream plans (modified a bit) and group training programs led by local coaches are the best bang for my running budget, and they’ve worked for me- and countless others- in the past.
Until then, I’ll cross train each day, staying fit and planning for a Fall comeback. And never underestimating how cross training can work your muscles out in a different way and make you break a sweat!