In the past two to three weeks I have been experiencing excruciating knee pains (left worse than right) and joint pains in my ankles and feet. I was starting to think my days of serious running was over. And, as a runner of 16 years... that was heartbreaking to think about.
I was recently watching the finals on American Ninja Warrior and it was painful to watch the most experienced ninjas go out early because of all the pressure. Some were even falling on the first obstacle! It reminded me that it's okay for seasoned athletes to make mistakes.
In my line of work, I am frequently working with people that have communicable diseases and infections, so I recently got out of the habit of carrying my water bottle into their rooms. I was always careful to sanitize and what not but started getting paranoid so stopped taking my water bottle to work. Mistake! I took every and all precautions for years (12 years in healthcare now) and never got sick so I feel pretty confident about that ability.
Bottom line my water intake was too low for a runner. My boyfriend (who frequently does NOT drink enough water) was like, "you been drinking enough water?" I was slightly annoyed like duh, of course. Until i realized I was not intaking enough for a runner & he was right. Joints need lubrication!. As soon as I got my hydration back up, joints started feeling better, but not perfect.
Next, my Mom who used to be a runner was like, "gotten any new shoes lately?" Sheepishly, I was like um no..... and for my mileage I need new shoes about every four months.
I'm embarrassed to say how long it's been. Let's just say, far too long. I have very high arches and need to cushion for supination protection so I hauled ass today and got some new running shoes.
I decided to switch back to asics. I was in mizunos for a while but nothing compares to the unmistakable cushion you get from an asics.
I do think I have beginning stages of arthritis in my left knee and I know I have painful adhesions in my feet (that are being treated.)
Today I road tested these new asics and boy, oh boy, what an amazing experience. I will never let my shoes go too long like that again. 16 years of running first time I did this. Rookie mistake.
Stay humble my running and athletic friends. Sometimes if something isn't working, gotta go back to square one.
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