Hi Dr. Paul,
This is a follow up to my sesamoid questions! I have followed all of your advice and have been running on the treadmill in Saucony Omni 10’s with no pain at all! I also forgot to mention previously that I do have custom orthotics for the fracture and they have definitely helped but my sesamoid was still bothering me in the old shoes. But the new shoes have been great!
My question is what is your opinion on speed training in soft sand? To give you a reference to where I’m at with my running, I ran a 6:45 mile on the treadmill yesterday.
Thanks so much for all of your help!
Congratulations on rejoining us in the active running community! Lets keep you there. Choosing the right running surfaces is especially important after an injury. Running on soft sand is an excellent choice for both speed work and sesamoid protection. The sand is my favorite running surface, especially the hard packed sand of low tide, or my absolute favorite, running in a 1/8” to 1/2” sheet of water at low tide.
I’m sure you are aware that speed work in deep sand will require rest days in between workouts due to the increase in work on your legs’ muscles and tendons. Running in deep sand could also be a surface where you could eventually get into a lighter or even a minimalist type of running shoe, as long as your broken sesamoid doesn’t talk to you, or you don’t develop any of the common conditions related to running like achilles tendinitis, shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
An important tenet of mine is to always be able to repair what you tear. If you pay attention to your body, eat and sleep properly, using the information I recommend on my website, your ride through life will continue to have you less on the sideline.
Dr. Paul R. Copeskey, D.C., C.C.F.C.