Sore Feet: Problem Solved?

I think I’ve been complaining about my sore feet probably as long as I’ve been writing this blog. At first, I attributed it to the additional running. When you go from barely run 10 miles a week to running 20, you’re going to feeling some growing pains, no? But 10 months later when I ran my first half marathon, I was still experiencing it. Not just that, it had gotten a lot worse. :( It had gotten so persistent, in fact, that I could tell you during my long runs when exactly it was going to start bothering me. If you’re curious, it was mile 8.

Over the past year, I tried changing my shoes and changing my socks, but nothing seemed to really work. And after my half marathon in April, I decided that enough was enough. I was going to get to bottom of this once and for all.

I won’t go into the full story again, but you might remember from this post that my first real break in the case was the discovery that somewhere along the lines my arch has fallen. This meant that I was no longer running in the right type of shoe. Like I said, I’ve tried multiple shoes over the last several months and I was really tired of throwing money at my local running store hoping that the next new pair of socks or shoes might be the answer. So I decided it was time to visit my doctor.

I figured she would probably pass me on to a podiatrist, but she surprised me and instead recommended that I try the Dr. Scholl’s Footmapping machine first. They are relatively easy to find and use. I visited my trusty local CVS, followed the instructions on the machine and was fitted for an insole within minutes.

Dr Scholls Custom Fit CenterBecause I’m so lucky, the insole that I was recommended was sold out at the store so I had to order it online and wait two weeks for it to arrive. *eye rolling* In the meantime, I bought an inexpensive insert at CVS to tide me over.

ProArch_large_tcm67-48663From my very first long run in my cheap insole, I felt immediate relief. I’ve run 10 miles several times now and my feet have not bothered me in the least. In fact, I feel so much better post-run that it’s not only improved the feel of my feet but also my post-run legs. My legs used to feel so tight after a long run. I would go home, shower, immediately put on my compression socks and wear them for the rest of the day. But since I started using the insoles, I haven’t felt the need to break out my compression socks once. I had no idea how much my foot pain was affecting the rest of my body as well.

As for the insoles, it’s been a few weeks now. I’ve run in both the PRO and in the Custom Fit Orthodics. They both seemed to solve the problem for me, but there is a VAST price difference between the two. The PRO set me back $10 and the Custom Fit was $50. Hey, I’m not made out of money here. Clearly, I’m going with the PRO when it’s time to re-order. For once I wasn’t being a sarcastic a$$hole when I said that those insoles being sold out was a lucky break for me. I would have never known there was a more cost effective option out there had that custom orthodic been sitting there waiting for me to pick it up.

I can’t tell you how relieved I am to know that my flat feet aren’t going to force me out of longer distances. Hopefully my next half marathon will be less about crossing the finish line so I can sit down somewhere to massage my sore tootsies and more about the glory of running! Fingers (and toes) crossed that this problem has finally been solved once and for all.

ProCompression Sock of the Month – June 2013

Looking for a way to show a little American pride while you are on the run. This month’s ProCompression sock of the month should do the trick.

Coupon code JL4 is valid for purchase of Red, White & Blue Marathon Socks only. Inventory is limited and offer expires June 30, 2013. No backorders.

ProCompression Sock of the Month Coupon Code – May 2013

It’s that time again! ProCompression announced their May 2013 sock of the month. This month we get yellow.

sockofthemonthAs usual, the deal is 40% off and free shipping. Click here for the yellow Marathon sock or you can get the yellow trainer and tour low’s (which have already been marked down – so discount on top of discount!). Enter coupon code SOM5 at check-out.

Don’t wait, inventory is limited, and this offer expires May 31, 2013.

PRO Compression Sock of the Month – April 2013

Need some compression socks? PRO Compression’s sock of the month is any Purple or Baby Blue Marathon Socks, Calf Sleeves and Low socks in their store. Coupon code SOMF4.  Don’t wait, inventory is limited, and this offer expires April 30, 2013.

Special bonus this month, PRO Compression will donate $1 to the following organizations for the purchase of each purple or baby blue marathon sock in the month of April: Purple for Team in Training and Baby Blue for Train 4 Autism.

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Happy Shopping!

PRO Compression Sock of the Month, Coupon Code

I’ve been MIA again. Sorry. I’ve been super busy with work. I’ve got one more big conference on the books for next week and between that, running and sleeping, I’ve got zero time (or patience) for anything else.

But still, I feel bad for being away so long. Hopefully I can make it up to you with a discount on some sweet compression socks.

greenstripeshamrock-tall-rt-0213__79239.1362076658.1280.1280greenstripeshamrock-tall-fr-0213__54138.1362076658.1280.1280I knew these were coming. I could feel it in my bones. And I’ve been waiting for them desperately!!! I’m a St. Paddy’s Day baby, you see. And I must have anything with shamrocks on it. I’m much more excited about this than I really should be over socks.

As always, this is a Limited Time Offer. Coupon code SOM3 is valid for purchases of our Marathon Shamrock socks and all Calf Sleeves in the store.  Don’t wait, inventory is limited, and this offer expires March 18, 2013. The coupon code will get you 40% off and FREE shipping. Orders received before March 6th will ship by the 9th, in plenty of time for any St. Patrick’s Day fun! 

Fighting for Nine

Sunday was my long run day this week. I knew heading into it that it likely wasn’t going to be my best run for a couple of reasons. Chief among them is that I did not have a pre-long run rest day like I usually try to squeeze in. Because of my schedule last week, I had to squeeze most of my miles into the last few days of the week and reallocate my rest day earlier in the week. The other reason is that I’m pushing myself to drop some body fat again (I go through these phases now and again). This means I watch my food intake closely and try to get the precise amount of food I need in a day without going over. This means that I didn’t fuel as heavily as I might usually the day before my long run and my energy reserves weren’t quite as high.

I did the 9 miles and they weren’t awful. They simply weren’t as satisfying as they have been in the past. That awesome feeling where you coast in at the end and felt like you taught each and every one of those miles who was boss. I felt a little bit more like I limped to the finish line this time around. Rest assured, I won’t be making that mistake again. I’m going to have to work on adjusting my strategy so I can achieve both goals without sacrificing performance. I don’t just want to run. I’m not in this for weight loss (thought that is a nice perk). I’m in this to be a strong runner and I won’t take anything less.

In other weekend news, me and the hubs bought some new furniture! After my long run yesterday, I squeezed myself into my compressions socks and we decided to hit up our favorite furniture store in search of some new kitchen chairs and maybe a new table.

Our current table is serviceable but after a couple of years with a toddler, it’s seen better days. We bought it at Ikea when my husband and I first moved in together almost a decade ago and though the table is still going strong, the chairs…not so much. Two of the four have broken in the last several months and the other two are fading fast.

We got lucky and found a great deal on a gorgeous, new dining set which gets delivered tomorrow!!!! We also got a new coffee table. Our old one didn’t survive the baby proofing years. NOTE TO NEW PARENTS — Don’t believe the advertising, those bumper things that you can affix to furniture so your kid doesn’t bean themselves every time they fall, do NOT come off clean!!! That being said though, they are absolutely necessary. It would be hard to count the number of doctor visits they probably saved us. Frankly, our old coffee table was a piece of crap anyway. We didn’t spend a whole lot of money on it because we knew our impending arrival would probably annihilate it (which she has). But she’s older now and hopefully she’ll treat our new furniture with respect. Or we can threaten her with discipline enough to treat our new furniture with respect.

Can’t wait for it to be delivered!!! Hopefully I love it as much once it’s in our house as I did on the showroom floor.

What were you up to this weekend?

Eight Miles on a Sunny, Cold Day

I’ve been a little apprehensive about my long run this week because of my time off. And looking at my running schedule for the past month, I realized there was more to it than just a couple of weeks off. Today was my first long run in over a month. No wonder I was a tad nervous. But still, I knew I could do it. I’ve run 8 miles before. I can do it again. So I got myself together and I went out and did it.

I felt good for the most part. I felt like I was struggling a bit in the beginning to get into a good breathing rhythm. I think that was mostly because it was cold, but eventually I got it together. I also started randomly chatting with another runner at about the halfway point which helped pass a mile. After that, I was alone again with my audiobook and very little to distract me from my sore feet. But that was really my only bother and even those were forgotten as I fought my way up that last giant hill. It feels nice to be back on schedule.

One thing I started to think about on my drive home was fueling. I probably should already be fueling during my long runs, but I don’t. I think I’m at a point where I need to start, but I don’t really know what I’m doing. What distance do I need to be taking in more than just water? And once I start taking in fuel mid-runs, when should I be eating? Looks like I’ve got some research to do.

Meanwhile, I’m going to put on my compression socks, rest my tired feet and enjoy the remainder of this gorgeous Sunday.

2012 Jingle All the Way 8K

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I tried to prep last night and lay out my race day outfit but clearly my brain wasn’t working. I laid out my new holiday socks, my compression pants, my sports bra, a long sleeve white shirt, my headband, my gloves, etc. I just got a new moving comfort sports bra which I’ve fallen in love with and was all set to wear that. I was a-okay until I went to put on my shirt and then looked at myself in the mirror. You could quite clearly see the white bra through the thin white shirt. Not to mention it was cloudy and looked like it was about to start pouring at any second. White shirt, white bra, rain. Probably not a good idea. So I started scrambling looking for another shirt and came up with purple. Not exactly Christmas-y but better than nothing. The only real important thing was the socks anyway, right? I may wear them every day from now until Christmas.

holiday compression socks

It was a super fun race with lots of people dressed up and in a festive mood. Since it was going to rain, I didn’t bring my phone, so sorry, no pics other than my lame-o socks.

The race itself was pretty decent. The course was a bit weird. A lot of turns at sharp angles which made everyone slow down and caused some traffic jams at times. I was hoping for 50 minutes though I wasn’t completely invested seeing as my last run was not the fastest (or the best). My diet has been pretty terrible as of late so I haven’t been top of my running game when it comes to speed, but I figured I would just get out there, do my best and see what happened. It’s my first race at this distance anyway, so any time will technically be a PR, right? Way to look on the bright side. ;)

I adore the Garmin as a racing tool. I’m always wondering whether I’m running too fast or too slow in race environments and here I have something strapped to my wrist that can confirm or deny my suspicions. There were a few times when I thought I was running slow and the Garmin said I was running much faster than I expected and vice versa. Regardless, it kept me focused and I doubt that I would have run the time that I did today without it. In the end, I came in just shy of 50 minutes. Ignore that pace in the picture, me and a 7:48 pace have never met. My average pace during the run was around 9:53 which I can definitely improve on.

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I plan to finish off this day by stretching as well as sitting around a lot. It’s going to be a busy week with not only running but also at work and I’m going to cherish this bit of downtime while I can.

Are you running any holiday races? Come back and tell me how they go!

Sorry I’ve been MIA

Hi, my name is Kristin. I’ve been MIA. It’s been 3 days since my last post.

When I went to Orlando, I felt like I was on vacation even though I was there for work (sign of a good conference, right?) and it seems that I took a vacation from everything. But alas, I’m back and ready to get back to reality.

Because of my travel schedule, I sort of biffed my training schedule this week. According to the training schedule (see week 6), I was supposed be much more rigorous this week. But even before I left, I knew that wasn’t going to happen. Hopefully it doesn’t come back to bite me, but I decided to flip flop week 6 and 7 since week 7 was a bit lighter.  I still wasn’t even able to accomplish all of it since I spent two days traveling, but I guess something is better than nothing, right?

Weeks ago, I signed up for the Jingle All the Way 8K. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I probably should have looked at my training schedule and compared. Whatevs. I’m super pumped for it. Especially since I got my holiday compression socks in the mail (sooooo wearing those tomorrow). I’m also meeting up with a friend that I made at one of my races this summer before we hit the road for the race. Besides Facebook, we haven’t met in person since so I’m pumped about that.

I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on track next week though. Or at least, the OCD half of me is.