9 Miles

This morning, I pulled on some knee high compression socks, slapped on my Garmin, and tied up my ridiculously colored, un-matchable but comfy Brooks Launch shoes, and I ran 9 miles. 9 gloriously pain-free miles (for the most part). I started out a little achy which seems to be normal for me. After the first 2-3 miles I loosened up and felt strong – every single mile was faster than the previous, with the exception of the last which I used as a cooldown. Yeahhhh negative splitting!

I spent the whole run thinking about running; my past, my future, and how soothing the sound of feet galloping on gravel is. Okay, maybe I wasn’t galloping but you know what I mean. I even enjoyed my favorite Gu! I haven’t had one since the NYC Marathon, and maybe they aren’t totally necessary on a 9 mile run, but I didn’t have anything in the house for breakfast and I thought I would want a little pick me up in the middle of the run.

Weeeee! YUM! I don’t know how people don’t love these.

I totally painted my nails to match.

Kidding.

I was all happy and skipping and proud when I finished. HOWEVER. Now, I have this weird, intense foot pain. I felt it the tiniest bit around mile 8.5, but it seemed like nothing. Now, 6 hours later, the outer edge of my left foot hurts like crazy…but only when walking. It doesn’t hurt to touch, it doest hurt when I’m sitting, but when I walk, I feel pain just on the outside of my foot. Right where the bony bump is on the edge, halfway between my toes and heel. That one little spot cries out with pain with every step.

It’s literally making me cry – more out of frustration than pain. I was on a running high this morning; I came home and analyzed my splits and compared this 9 miler to 9 milers over the past couple years AKA ever since I was blessed with the wonderful technological gadget that is the Garmin watch. This one was the fastest of the whole 9 miler bunch. Even some of my 10 milers!

I suddenly came crashing down from my spot in the clouds when I started to head out for the day and felt this new, random tingle that got worse with each step. Why do all these random things keep popping up? Is it my new shoes? Are my feet not used to them yet? My form? Overtraining? Did I never really heal from my last injury? The world hates me? I’ve never had a foot problem, this is new.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure I have solid running form. I’m fabulous at mid-foot striking. I’m neutral. I don’t bunch my arms up or move them across my body or clench my fists. I feel like a relaxed runner, even when I’m picking up the pace. Physical therapists have told me my form is great and not an issue. What’s going on?

The rest of the afternoon I’ll be trying to keep myself away from Google, and this:

Who knows if a foot bath will help? I just like the warm bubbly water.

This little foot bath was actually a gift to B from myself (aren’t I a great gift giver? Yes, that’s sarcasm.) because he is on his feet a lot and I get lazy about giving him foot massages. Anyway, I’m stealing it today – but he’s a good sharer so I’m sure he won’t mind. By the way, I think he is jealous that the roommates are becoming so famous on the ol’ blog so I’d like to introduce him:

Meet Brendan!

Remember his first 5k?  That’s where this picture is from. I’m so happy and he’s all “Dang you, woman. Why did I do this?”. (P.S. See?! Mid-foot strike! Maybe I do swing my arms across, though…hmm.)

You also met him via photos here and here, but I was sneaky about it and didn’t mention him. I’m sure you figured that out, though. You all are smart! So, here he is, the love of my life. Awww!

Anyway, this pain better go away magically overnight, because I have lots of running plans coming up:

5/19: Brooklyn Half Marathon

June/July/August : [insert various NYRR races that are opening for registration on Monday here]. My target half marathon will most likely be in August or September – my talented new running coach Michele at NYC Running Mama is graciously training me and we are thinking that perhaps the Bronx Half will be my big race! (Ahhh I have my own personal running coach! I feel so fancy. And she is amazing, I’m so looking forward to working with her!)

9/28-9/29: RAGNAR RELAY that Lora at Crazy Running Girl and I have been diligently trying to organize. I think we have recruited about 5 lovely ladies to our team! I am beyond excited, a relay has been a goal of mine for a long time. OH, and by the way, she told me last night that the relay will be a few short weeks before her wedding, so OBVIOUSLY this is going to be a bachelorette party style relay. HOW FUN DOES THAT SOUND?!? I’ve been secretly planning outfits and bachelorette-ish things for our runs so I hope she’s prepared.

October or November: Post “big half”, I want to continue training for a Fall marathon.

SEE ALL THE PLANS? I hope you’re listening, foot. I don’t have time to play games.

Tell me something wonderful; a great thing that happened to you today, a fun,sweaty, workout you did, a good book you’ve read…yay for positivity!

8 comments

  1. Amy Lauren says:

    Congrats on your 9 pain free miles! I hope you can accomplish all your other running goals too and get back into running more halfs and fulls. That foot bath looks pretty awesome too- I think I’d be doing that after any run just for kicks, 9 miles or not :)

  2. misszippy1 says:

    Boo on the foot! I hope it clears up asap. I have had the occasional tendon pain on top of my foot as I made the transition to minimal shoes. Ice and acupuncture cleared mine up.

    Michele will be awesome to work with!

    • Kara says:

      I was thinking it’s probably just the shoes – I should have slowly eased my poor little feet into running in the shoes instead of taking them out for 9 miles at once! Whoops. It feels much better today, thankfully :)

      Acupuncture terrifies me, by the way!

  3. sweatpassionandtears says:

    I hope your foot feels better ASAP!!! It may just be sore, a few days light on the feet may be the trick. I’m so happy to hear you had no ITB pain though!!! I ran 10 with only a little pain at 9.7miles, maybe BK Half training is a magical cure to everyone’s pain :-)

  4. Don says:

    Take one aspirin each day for three days, massage the spot of the pain for 5-10 minutes three times a day, this will increase blood flow (combination of aspirin thinning your blood and the massage) to the impacted spot to heal the stressed spot quickly–

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