Today was the second time in my life I ran 8 miles. This time, I had no gastro-intestinal distress (thank God), and I did the run on the DreadMill instead of a park.
Well. Instead of gastro distress, I had knee, hip and hammy distress. At mile 2.5, my IT band was hurting so badly, that I stopped, took off my shoes, and jogged a little in my socks. Once the pain subsided, I put my shoes back on, and Forrest Gumped my way through the remaining 5.5 miles.
It…took….me…forever. 1:39:00 later, though, I was finished.
As I was leaving the gym, I checked my iPhone and saw a comment on SBM’s Facebook page that said “today is National Running Day.” Well, I guess I was in line with the times. For once.
Ten hours later, I am hurting. But I think being flung into the running fire helped.
But I am concerned about the knee/IT issues. Is it my shoes? (Well, I know runner error is probably a huge factor). I have trudged along in heavy supportive shoes since I started this crazy journey, but I realized very quickly that a mid-foot strike (which I am desperately trying to obtain) is impossible with clunky running shoes. And I’m an overpronator (as are most chunky gals are).
I have a lighter, less restrictive pair of shoes… and I am able to run a little more midfoot in these… but then I hurt. I can’t figure this whole shoe thing out.
Advice? Anyone with fat buns, fat feet and a strike they are trying to improve? This one needs some shoe advice.