Running continues to grow in popularity throughout the United States and the world. It’s even grown popular in my own office! Dr. Alissa Zdancewicz (we call her Dr. Z!), my fellow podiatrist, has joined the ranks of many people across this great nation and has taken up running. I wanted to share her unique point of view with you, both as a podiatrist and a runner, about this sport.
When did you first start running?
Last January, I was getting bored at the gym with the elliptical and Zumba classes. I knew I would be going to a Super Bowl party with a lavish spread. That day I ran in my neighborhood so I could indulge guilt-free and I was surprised at how good I felt. I started to go to the gym less and run more.
What made you choose running?
An article in Fitness magazine had a training plan for a half marathon and featured beginner friendly races. The plan started with walk/run intervals. I thought, “I can do that!” I was enticed by the medals you earn when you finish. There’s no award on the elliptical!
What do you like most about running?
I really like the accomplishment I feel, whether it’s a few miles or a half marathon. Until recently my asthma and allergies really held me back. For me to run a mile without wheezing is great, a half marathon amazing!
Also, it’s a good stress reliever as I juggle responsibilities between my job and family. I saw a shirt that said, “Half Marathon Mommy-13.1 miles of peace and quiet”. That sums it up.
As a podiatrist, what do you find to be the most important thing to keep in mind when running?
Any foot problems, even minor, can be amplified with running. Start slow and invest in a good pair of shoes. The occasional blister or discolored toenail is to be expected. See a podiatrist if you experience pain when running, or if you notice any redness, swelling,or bruising.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.