The bad news: I have no idea what worked because I changed up too many things!
There were four (four!)* major differences:
- I used the indoor track instead of the treadmill [This contributed to an additional four big changes I can think of: surface, speed (and thus distance), and incline.]
- I didn’t use any KT tape on my foot
- I didn’t wear my PF brace to bed that night
- I used my (old) custom orthotics in my Sauconys instead of my generic Super Feet inserts
*There was one other thing I did differently that I don’t *think* made a difference but will list it anyway because it could be a factor: instead of using the foam roller on my glutes and ITBs during my cool down, I used an 8 pound medicine ball. I had seen someone do it the last time I was at the gym and was intrigued because he definitely looked like he knew what he was doing. It’s a little harder to keep yourself on the ball than on a foam roller, but I liked the pressure better. Plus, the harder it is to stay on, the more you’ll end up working your core! Bonus!
Being in the medical field, I should know better. We often counsel patients to make small changes so we’ll know the what works and what doesn’t. For a simple example, if a patient complains of headaches, we’ll try one medicine first, and if that doesn’t work in a certain time frame, we’ll try another. We wouldn’t load the patient up with a bunch of medicines at once or suggest trying supplements at the same time, because we wouldn’t know what is really working and may be adding things unnecessarily.
Even though I am thrilled at the reduction in discomfort, I am at a slight loss as to my next step. The cautious part of me (the part I should probably listen to) says I need to stick with Stage II and figure out what worked before proceeding to Stage III. The running nut in me just wants to proceed to Stage III since I have no pain from Stage II!
Considering all of the experience I’ve had in the past year with injuries, I’ve decided to go the conservative route. I will attempt Stage II on the treadmill tomorrow. As I did on Sunday, I will not use KT tape or my brace, I will use my custom orthotics, and use the medicine ball for myofascial release. I will attempt to mirror my speed and incline to my first Stage II attempt. I will stretch, ice, and use my tennis ball/Foot Rubz as I did on both days.
What do you think? What would you do?
Also, just for fun, this is how GPS tracks you on a round 1/10th mi indoor track: