I haven’t updated in a minute for two reasons: college, and I haven’t been able to run. After that fantastic run I last wrote about, I started to get myself in trouble by biting off more than I could chew. I went for three runs of over a mile after that night, which was definitely too much, too fast. While I ran, I would constantly be adjusting my gait because it seemed like every ten some area of my lower body would hurt. I was feeling stress reactions (the precursors to stress fractures) all over my feet, so I elected to run in my Free 3.0s in hopes that they would provide a bit of relief without forcing me to drop my mileage. About half a mile into my run, I had to stop because of pain on the side of my ankle (a place where I had previously never felt any pain). I’ve felt too crappy to run since then, both because of my feet and because of general Lupus symptoms.
So, what did I learn from this? First, and foremost, I need to get rid of the mentality that I had when I was running pre-lupus. I can’t just power through injuries and sickness like I used to. Period. My body has changed, and I have to adapt. Maybe I can go back to running with two broken legs and a gunshot wound like I used to, but that’s out of the question now.
Secondly, I think that normal shoes are a no-no. Although I did have problems with the aforementioned stress reactions, that was most likely due to the fact that I essentially doubled my daily mileage. The injury that knocked me out only manifested itself when I wore normal shoes, and it came straight out of the blue. To me, this indicates that it’s probably a better choice for me to stick with more minimalist footwear for now.
Third, I need to think fractionally when increasing my mileage. I can’t increase mileage rapidly like I did when I’d come back from a long layoff in the pre-lupus times. I have to make micro increases of AT MOST a quarter of a mile, both because of the nature of Lupus and because of the nature of running with minimalist footwear.
I’m still not in any condition to run. I’ve been feeling all-around crappy all week and unfortunately today is not an exception. Pretty much all my joints have been aching and I’ve been feeling kind of tired. Hopefully, I’ll be better soon. Not running has sucked, but I think I’ve learned some valuable lessons.