Sooner or Later … It Happens to us All

So far I have been lucky … I have my good runs, my good rides, my bad runs, my bad rides (the swims are ALL bad unless in the pool) but I have come through them relatively unscathed (with the exception of shins issues at times). I should have know my time was running (no pun intended … but funny anyway) short.

Last Thursday during my weekly pub run at FitNiche my shoes felt … off …. I can’t really explain it but they just didn’t seem right. But I took off running and and a decent run despite this, but the whole time I was thinking “this does NOT feel right” ….

Sure enough, when I got home and took shoes off my right foot felt weird. The outside “rim” felt as if I was having an arthritis attack (hard to explain the feeling). I had a sore spot below the ankle, but when walking the pain radiated along the outside of the foot. It was only a slight pain, I could walk, so I put some ice on it, downed a few Advil, and thought that since Friday was my off day it would be fine.

At work the pain was still there the next day. Not where I was noticeably limping, but just an achy feeling when I was walking, but when sitting it didn’t hurt even a little bit. So I got home last night and iced it a few more times. Tried thinking through what it could be and what could cause it. I am thinking that maybe my shoes, or the inserts, are wearing out. I have about 250 miles on them, but I am a heavy guy, so I can blow out shoes quickly. But I was damned if I wasn’t going to try to run this morning with the team.

So, I got up dutifully at 4 AM this morning. Decided that if it was the Kayano’s then I should probably try to Noosa’s. Wrapped my anke u and headed out the door. The pain was there but tolerable, so I thought I would give the 8 miles a shot and see if it might loosen up a bit.

So off I took …

And walked I did shortly thereafter …

About 1/4 mile in I started feeling it again so slowed to a walk. Maybe I can walk fast and get the 8 miles in? Our team captain Cindy was beside me and talking to her helped the miles go by, but by mile 1.4 the pain had turned into a stabbing pain with each step …

So did I stop?

Of course not …..

I started thinking … well …. maybe make it to Mile 2, then turn back and at least I will have 4 miles for the day. Not optimal, but miles are miles. So I stumbled through stoically until I saw the water station, then told Cindy I was turning back ….

I am glad I did, because by the time I had 1/2 mile to go I was in serious pain. Every step was bad … I started walking on the ball of my foot which to the weight off the ankle and midsole, which helped a bit. I finally made it back to my car and got my shoe off. As soon as I sat down the pain vanished. I looked at my foot, no swelling, no bruising, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

As a side note, I walked the 4.1 miles at a pace of 18:30 a mile. When I started running last January I was running at 20:00 per mile. So now, hobbled, I am faster then I was when healthy at the beginning. I find that interesting.


I am going to stay off it for a few days and see if that helps. I am worried about the training days lost. I am worried about weight gain. I have gained weight since Jennifer has been in Hawaii. Look at the last seven days:

I have NO idea why it is gaining like this. My eating has been the same, and my workouts have been the same until today. Very Very Very Frustrating.

I blame Obama … 🙂

3 thoughts on “Sooner or Later … It Happens to us All

  • August 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm
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    For this, Obama is not to blame…lol. I think you have a gait issue along with worn out and shoes (I really think torn sole air cell is the culprit) that are the etiology. From my e-medicine encounter… I think it is a bad strain of a lateral metatarsal tendonitis vs peroneal tendonitis vs Cuboid syndrome. Treatment: RICE, limited nsaids, and lay off running till we get new shoes. Focus on bike. Just my 2 cents.

  • August 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm
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    For this, Obama is not to blame…lol. I think you have a gait issue along with worn out and shoes (I really think torn sole air cell is the culprit) that are the etiology. From my e-medicine encounter… I think it is a bad strain of a lateral metatarsal tendonitis vs peroneal tendonitis vs Cuboid syndrome. Treatment: RICE, limited nsaids, and lay off running till we get new shoes. Focus on bike. Just my 2 cents.

  • August 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm
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    Listen to doc J, she knows of what she speaks! Swim and bike til your heart's content or else, you may do something worse to your foot and then have no choice but to lay off the run and for a much longer time. You have a half mary to do! I just bought 2 new pair of running shoes to get me thru the rest of the year. I go thru a pair about every 3 months.

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