Beginning runner here. Well, not runner so much as jogg… no, wait, that’s not right. Beginning plodder here. It’s been a few months or so on the Indoor HappyFunTime Dante Simulator, and I’m trying to increase my speed bit by bit. At the moment I’m putting in an hour a day huffing along at about 4 MPH (well, the display claims I’m shuffling along at that speed. It’s a Norditrac, so I have a small measure of faith in it, but also a small grain of salt). I’d like to step up my pace (er, literally) and make it to 5+ MPH.
But I keep getting this dull ache in my instep that goes away if I either slow back down or stop for a second to stretch a bit (by pulling back (gently) on my toes). It never really comes back during the day, though at times it feels just a wee bit worked.
[Rhythmdvl’s Pain Simulator for the Curious] Stand on one foot, and bend the other leg at the knee. (There seems to be some cable or whatnot inside the leg that doesn’t compress much unless the knee is bent). Now, bend your foot towards you as far as you can (letting it turn a bit to the inside to avoid further compressing that ligamawhatchit may help). Bend it as far as it can go and hold it there (or a little further than comfortable). Eventually the instep will, I don’t know, heat up or something, and start to hurt. Now pick up the other foot (hahaha… I always wanted to find some place for that). Unless I’m totally out of whack, that should give you an idea of the discomfort I’m talking about.
Of course, the easiest thing to do when something hurts is stop. But that’s kind of the wrong way to go. I could just not push it, but I’m hoping to get my heart rate higher in the percentage o’ maximum.
Any idea what’s causing this? I figure it’s either something external (e.g., my shoes are on the wrong feet, the belt kinda slips on the treadmill) or some measure of overall feebleness on my part. If it’s the latter, are there exercises one can do? Hang kettlebells on my toes when I’m sitting at my desk? Kick things around the house? Up the speed in even smaller increments?