Yesterday I indulged in all the things I should be doing for myself every post race zero week.
First stop, The Foot Store in Mount Pleasant to get new kicks!
I was so due for new sneakers at this point. I didn’t particularly care for these either. I made an attempt to go a little lighter weight and now I know for sure it just isn’t for me. So I said good bye to the Brooks Pure Cadence…
After watching my gait and measuring my feet the super helpful man working with me determined what I had been pretty sure I knew. I am an over supinator. That is super rare. Most people are over pronators (the exact opposite). I had noticed at work one day I felt like I was walking on the outside of my feet. I thought it was just something I did when I was working with patients being fidgety, but apparently I do it all the time. Luckily he spotted it, got me in a wider shoe and put a lateral wedge in the heel to try any prevent me from walking/running with this gait pattern.
I ended up back in Asics in the Gel Nimbus 16. I have been in Brooks my past few pairs but I feel great about this return.
After checking this off the list I headed to get a massage. It was perfectly painful. Not only did she nearly bring me to tears working on my quads but she worked out a disaster in my upper back I didn’t even know existed. I have never gotten a massage in the few days following a marathon but those days are now over. Ironically my leg soreness is gone but now my upper back and shoulders feel like they ran a marathon of their own!
Tomorrow (according to Hal Higdon) I am cleared to run again finally. Only 2-3 miles but I’m excited to take the new wheels for a spin!!
What are your post race week staples?