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Pain In The Foot

Posted Dec 11 2010 2:35pm

So, which do you want to hear first: the good news or the bad news? Hmm? Ok, let’s keep things positive and start with the good news! :-D

This morning, I ran 10.18 miles with my TNT team. I finished in 1:35:52, which was an average pace of 9:25/mile. I’m happy about this.

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See, I am happy! :mrgreen:

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Ok, here comes the bad news. :-?

The bad news is that I was supposed to run 12 miles today, but a pain in my foot prevented me from finishing the whole thing. :-(

My foot started to bother me after last weekend’s 18-miler , but it felt better a few days later and I thought it was okay to tackle 12 miles today. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

By Mile 7 of today’s run, it really started to hurt. I managed to truck along for another 3 miles, but I didn’t want to make it even worse by pushing myself to finish the full twelve. So, I took a little detour and called it quits around Mile 10.

Turns out, my sneakers are most likely to blame for my foot pain. Billy, the owner of the South Boston Running Emporium , took one look at my sneakers and declared them ‘dead.’ I got them back in August, so I wasn’t really surprised to hear this news.

It’s a good thing that I bought new sneakers last week! I really hope it’s just a shoe issue and nothing more serious.

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However, Billy thinks that I might have a case of Plantar Fasciitis , which is basically irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. For runners, it’s often caused by over-training and/or improper footwear.

To help with this potential injury, Billy suggested using trigger point therapy on my foot and lower leg. He gave me this exact handout explaining how to manage Planter Fasciitis .

After running, I used this funky rod to roll my foot at the store.

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A little while later, Mal and I said goodbye to our team and grabbed iced coffees at P.S. Gourmet. I went with the Coconut Macaroon flavor today!

At home, I refueled with an egg and cheese sandwich on a Sandwich Thin. I also snacked on some cashews.

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At home, I continued to use trigger point therapy (using my Tiger Tail ) on the front and back of my calves.

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Hurts so good.

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I also used my Tune Up Balls for my foot. Both of these things really seemed to help. My foot is still a bit tender, but it’s not nearly as tight as it was before.

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Mal and I are tackling house projects today and then I’m going to a holiday party at my sister’s house. I’m making Spinach-Artichoke Dip for it!

See ya! 8-)

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