Ok folks we have progress!! Are trying to dance in my broken Supple shank pointe shoes last night, it is confirmed that they are in fact broken and I need a stiffer shank. My teacher is confident that my hard shank ones will be ok. I will be able to soften them slightly in time for the recital so I should be ok. I’m feeling way more relaxed and at ease now about my pointe shoes problems. I’ll give these hard shanks a go again and see if I like them. Now that I’m almost 100% sure on my sizing in terms of length and width/box size, it’s just a matter of finding the most suitable shank I feel comfortable with. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?!!? Hah!! I know I want have any pain in my hard shanks, I just hope they allow my feet to still work. We shall see.
I did not have a good class last night either. I knew, just KNEW that as soon as I said my IT band wasn’t giving me any problems since I began running that it was going to flare up. And right on cue….my IT band flares up. I can’t win. I felt a little twinge of discomfort on my 3 mile run on Wednesday evening, but ignored it. Then I tried running my 4 mile length Thursday morning only to have horrible pain in my right hip. I was super upset. I pushed through my 4 mile run breaking it up with running/walking to get through. I immediately used my foam roller once I got home and that helped with the discomfort. I was pretty stiff and sore for ballet class and it showed. I was really wobbly and had a difficult time with everything. I used the time in the studio to get some stretching done in hopes it might help. I didn’t think I was going to make it to pointe class, but it started to feel a little looser as the night went on. While the hip wasn’t causing any pain in pointe class, the choreography sure was. I don’t know what was happening but I just could not for the life of me pick up the new choreography. I was getting frustrated and so were some of the other girls. With some encouragement from our teacher though I pushed through and it ended up finally clicking. I need to work on just relaxing during pointe. I tend to overly stress on every little detail. Deep breathes here, deep breathes. I know I will be ok, I just need to trust myself. Having good solid pointe shoes will help too.
Well, here’s to hoping my IT band stays quiet for my 5k tomorrow morning. I’m also hoping the weather will cooperate. It was 83 degrees yesterday and by tomorrow morning they’re saying it will maybe be 40 degrees. Stupid Cleveland weather. Pick a season and stick with it. Please.