It’s March, and in the freaky midwest the temperatures right now are pushing into the mid 50s- perfect running temperatures for me. Not too hot, not too cold.
I spent the fall and winter back in the midwest and I spent much of October being sick and when November rolled around, it was too cold to run. I like running when I can worry about my form, not about how long it will take for my muscles to warm up. So I hibernated all winter and sadly let myself accumulate a thick winter layer, from one too many pumpkin lattes. So, I did a month of crossfit to jump start my muscles, and I went on my first “official” run today in my Run Amocs and tried to dodge all the puddles. It felt pretty good. I am still struggling with a few issues – when I work out my left hamstring gets kind of twingy and my right foot is still a little wonky. However, I’m trying to troubleshoot the foot by comparing the movements of my right foot as compared to my left. And I realized that I’m not using my toes/feet when I land. And I discovered on my run today that I think I might even be a little pigeon-toed on my right foot! When I made a conscious effort to sort of twist my lower leg/foot outward, I felt more stable on my landings. I’m wondering if the twisting is something that I can sort of make permanent on my own, or would I need some sort of splint to make it work?
In any case, it felt good to be back outside, and I really look forward to taking off my shoes when it gets warm enough! Oh but crap – i have to go through the toughening-up phase again! aargh.