Tied My Running Shoes Too Tight + More Barre3 (and Pilates!)

Not only did last week feel oddly long but I had also tied my running shoes too tight the week before and was feeling the lingering effects on my left foot. While I barely remember the day that I tied the shoes too tight, I do remember doing so in an effort to make my Ghosts more comfortable. They were suddenly feeling stretched out/burned out, out of nowhere  This is why I ended up with a new pair of Solar Boosts last weekend.

I only felt the discomfort when wearing running socks and/or running shoes. I would forget that my foot was irritated because it wasn’t swollen, didn’t hurt to the touch, and didn’t hurt at all for barre workouts or when walking around in other shoes, or barefoot.

It didn’t seem to be a big deal but then I noticed some discomfort on the top of my left foot towards the end of Tuesday’s run so I decided to take a few days off from running to let the irritation heal.

See where I’m pointing, that’s where it hurt, only when wearing running shoes.

Adidas solar boost

I don’t mess around with my feet. A few days off from running is nothing compared to pushing my foot to feel uncomfortable in a shoe and possibly causing a real injury, like a stress fracture.

I’m happy to report that with three days off from running, my foot felt normal by Saturday morning.

Also worth noting, I had spoken to Laura about my tying my shoes to tight issue and she recommended ladder lacing my running shoes. I’ve done this in the past too. The way you lace your shoes can help relieve pressure on the tops of your feet. While I haven’t experienced top of foot issues in quite some time (like since 2013 or so), it certainly couldn’t hurt to give the lacing a try.

I changed my lacing to ladder lacing over the weekend with my Brooks Launch and noticed a positive difference. I’m not totally sure that I’ll change the lacing on the new pair of Solar Boosts as they have always been a nice fit for giving the tops of my feet their breathing room but I may still do so this week. I’ll keep you posted.

ladder lacing

Monday – 5 Miles

Easy run, don’t really remember if I felt my foot.

Tuesday – 5 Miles

It was during this run, around mile 4, that I felt the irritation on my foot around the laces. Walking after the run bothered me.

Wednesday – 50 Min Barre3

While this was a good Barre3 workout overall, the recording on youtube was not the best so I’m not going to share it.

Thursday – 30 Min Barre3 Cardio Workout

I really enjoyed this mainly cardio-focused barre workout.

Friday – 45 Min Pilates

I LOVED this Pilates workout from Lifetime. It was definitely challenging yet totally doable. So much of Pure Barre is based on Pilates which is likely why I enjoy a full Pilates workout.


Saturday –  7 Miles

I was happy to run today and not feel anything on the top of my foot! Once I noticed that I was fine, the goal became three miles. From three miles I went to five miles and since I felt fine, I went to seven miles.
Sunday – 5 Miles
Another easy run and feeling normal!
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