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 … 🙂