I finally made it back onto the track Saturday night, but it felt miserable. I took an easy mile warm-up, but was struggling with my 400’s. I was managing around 1:50 which is much worse than I had hoped for. Ideally, I would be running 400’s around 1:30.
It started to drizzle a little bit and that was almost a good excuse to just bag the workout. Then I reconsidered as running in the rain is certainly not unheard of.
The upside is that after a day of rest, I had a great run this afternoon. Part of that was probably the cooler weather.
Another upside today was running without my orthotics. I have questioned the benefit of orthotics ever since I was prescribed them 4 years ago. At that time, my podiatrist suggested that I stop running and consider other forms of exercise. I was prescribed orthotics with a flat post on the left foot and standard on the right foot. I got used to these and have worn them dutifully for four years as there did not seem to be any side effects.
This past year, I have been reconsidering the benefit of the flat post and have progressively been transferring back to standard insoles over the last two weeks. Today was the first day running on standard insoles and we will see how the next week plays out.
As the diagnosed tarsal coalition had been asymptomatic the first 35 years of my life, I think my joint problems were more gout related than anything else.