Running Tip of the Day

A few weeks ago I found a cure for a rare, but nonetheless annoying occurence when I run. For inexplicable reasons, sometimes I will slowly lose feeling in one of my feet. Not sure what causes this lack of circulation, but I find myself moving my toes around with almost every stride in an attempt to get the blood flowing again - all to no avail. It doesn't hurt, and it doesn't really effect my running, but it is annoying and it just plain feels weird. Last time this happened, I was on mile four of a six mile run and my left foot had long been numb. I thought I'd just have to suck it up for the last few miles. Then I reached a hill. Now, I've found that running shorter, quicker steps up on the balls of my feet is an easier way to get up hills. So I went up on the balls of my feet, and what do you know, I immediately felt the blood flow back into my numb foot. By the time the hill was over, it was back to normal. After a few minutes of running "normal" again, the numbness would threaten to come back, but to sustain until the end of the run, I would just go up on the balls of my feet again for a moment (even if I wasn't on a hill). I might have looked slightly weird, but at this point, I didn't care. I hope that someone else out there might find this information helpful. If it's well-received, I'll have t-shirts made, "Stop Numbness. It's Just Plain Weird."


Kris said…
That is weird because I often experience a numb-like feeling in my left foot as well! Perhaps because my usual run is riddled with all kinds of hills it has never lasted very long, but I've never really thought about it. I'll have to next time!

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