Ugh, that's all I can say. Taking it slow stinks! On my Rest Days, I paid attention to my feet. When did I get a twinge? When didn't I? Could I adjust to not feel the twinge? And here is what I discovered. Wearing flats or being completely barefoot is comfy (I normally wear heels to work). I have a new awareness of my toes as I spent the week wiggling and stretching and grabbing with them to strengthen those muscles. Walking straight and level was no problem. Stairs gave a twinge the first couple days, but not in the last few. Anything that caused me to pivot or lean in a direction (turning around, walking around a corner) produced a twinge (in my right foot) every time.
Total Mileage - 3 miles
But I really couldn't wait any longer! So keeping in mind, straight and level was fine, I returned to the dreaded treadmill today.
Progress Report - I planned to run for a 1/2 mile, but ended up running the entire mile slowly. Felt good! I did the usual routine, stretching now includes getting up on my toes and trying to wiggle them independently as recommended in video in the Week Feet? post. Then I walked in my Vibrams for a slow mile, ran for a slow mile and walked again for a cool down mile. By the end of my running mile, my foot was fine, but my calves reminded me that I had take almost a week off by getting very tight toward the end of the run. By the time the cool down was over my feet, my calves and I were all happy.
- 1 mile - 12'00
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