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.
I totally painted my nails to match.
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:
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:
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.)
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!