Thursday, 18 November 2010

2 long weeks...

Usually spending a large amount of money on running accessories is enough to put a smile on my face, but this was not the case today. I had an appointment with Ms Physio this morning. She had decided that since a long period of rest had not improved my foot situation, it was time to try something else. So she ordered me some orthotics, which I picked up today.

They are to be inserted into my trainers to change the position of my feet, to take the pressure off of the heel. I tried them on, and they felt pretty uncomfortable. They feel really bulky just under the arch. So my instructions are to break them in over the next couple of weeks. I have to get my feet used to them on a frustratingly gradual basis - 1 hour wearing them today; 2 hours tomorrow etc. This is because the change in my feet's position will affect the mechanics of how I run and walk.

Look how thick they are!

Eventually, I should get u
sed to wearing them so that I don't notice them anymore (hopefully), and then - and only then - I might be ready to try a run. So I've got an appointment in 2 weeks' time, to see how I get on with them.

I can't believe I've got to wait another 2 weeks! To be honest, I wasn't expecting to start running straight away, especially as I still get some pain in my heel even without running. But 2 more weeks! By then it'll be 12 weeks since I first got the pain (or as Pete put it, a quarter of the year!!!!). Horrendous.

Meanwhile, I've been doing Jillian's shred, and I've managed 5 consecutive days this week. I also had a 6-mile bike ride, so I'm keeping thi
ngs ticking over. I know the bright pink insoles look really cool in my trainers - I just hope the expensive, uncomfortable things work.



  1. they do look pretty cool in your trainers. I hope they have the desired effect x

  2. Hang in there. I haven't run since Sept. 1 but I am going to be running this weekend. I will probably just walk on Sunday. Lots and lots of different experiences with this heel stuff. I am feeling hopeful but we'll see.

  3. Woot! Nice work sticking with Jillian - she's tough!
    Good luck with the orthodics. They are hard to get used to but hopefully they'll do the trick.

  4. I hope they do the trick for you. Be patient, hang in there!

  5. hope the orthotics work for you.. I still haven't tried shred!!

  6. At least the orthotics are good looking - hope they work out for you!

  7. Nice post...that's one great running accessories..

    "Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
    -Oprah Winfrey ~spyder ski