As soon as we got there and the doc came to see me and asked how I was, I said, “not good, doc. Not good at all.” I explained the entire situation and he retested my leg again. (Which he was planning on doing anyway so it wasn’t out of the ordinary.) This time all of my tests came back negative! No tear!!! Honestly? This was probably one of the happiest days I’ve had in a long time! I was so, so relieved. I asked him three more times throughout our appointment to make sure there wasn’t a tear and he reassured me each time. He also told me there would be ups and downs throughout my recovery and this was normal, but should lessen over time in frequency and pain.
Friday was relaxed. My leg felt better and I rolled (less aggressively this time), and felt good.
Saturday was the first track workout for one of my clients. I had no plans of running. Just some hopes, if you will. I wore running apparel just in case the itch took over, but I had no shoes and socks so I hindered my desire to “want” to run over what I knew was safe and smart. I told myself that if I were to run at all, it would be very short and on the grass, barefoot. As I waited for my client to arrive, I took in the sights, sounds, and smells of the track. I realized how much I missed it. I love the track. It was an uplifting feeling. I decided after our track work, I would do one or two laps barefoot.
I mentioned above the discussion of different types of footwear and foot strikes, and admittedly, I got a little excited over the weekend and purchased my first pair of Newtons. I’m really looking forward to trying them out for real. They felt amazing when I tested them out at the store on Sunday. I picked the Newton reps’ brain for quite a while about the shoe and all the features and benefits each style had to offer. Even if I don’t make the switch for 100% of my runs, I think having a different brand and style of shoe will be good for my overall strength. After all, I’ve been running in the same brand for five years! I still love them, don’t get me wrong. But Newton Running will be a nice addition to the rotation.
Fingers crossed for a week of continued improvements. And double fingers crossed that I’m cleared and capable of running on Sunday!
Have a great day!
Are you a brand loyalist when it comes to shoes (athletic or otherwise)? What do you think about the divide between uber-cushioned shoes and minimalist footwear?