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Monday, October 1, 2007

Running Update

Well, I finished my longest run of the season on Saturday.  It turned out to not be the longest run of the season, because my group elected to do 21 miles when we'd done 22-23 miles a few weeks earlier.  But it really shouldn't make a difference in the end.  I have a full report of the run itself on my private blog, go check it out!

After the run, I was in a lot of pain.  My ongoing problems with my feet are all caused by a problem with the bone of my big toe being too high on both feet, which makes walking/running difficult for me, and I compensate by turning my feet out (something I always thought I did because I was fat...).  It also means that I have arthritis in my feet, worse on my left side, worse on the big toe joints, meaning that I don't have range of motion in that joint.  The different stride also means that I get callouses and blisters on my feet because shoes were meant for people who run normally.  So basically all of my foot troubles go back to this one issue. 

Why do I mention this?  Well, I still don't know why it was so bad on this run, but I had a MAJOR arthritis/joint issue on my right foot this weekend.  As soon as I got home and took off my shoe, it was THROBBING.  I was in severe pain all day on Saturday (and I was also getting weird flu-like symptoms that caused me to sleep for at least 6 hours Saturday afternoon).  I was better Sunday (more leg soreness than anything - normal) and I'm much better today - almost normal.  It's weird, though, and my only explanation is that my shoe laces were too tight on my right foot.  When I bought new shoes a couple weeks ago, I only loosened the left laces to prevent blisters.  The right foot seemed fine.

So, there aren't any more really long runs before the marathon, and as long as I left my foot in the shoe I was ok (pressure on the foot really helped the pain, but when I removed the pressure, the throbbing started all over again).  Let's hope this doesn't interfere with anything.

1 comment:

Lyss said...

Hope you're feeling better!

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