The reason I haven’t posted all this week, is that my long run on Saturday was a big FAIL.
From the beginning, I just wasn’t feeling it… My legs felt like lead, I was running even slower than usual, something just was off. I was moody, I just didn’t feel like running. But I pushed through. I was meant to run 2 hours and 20 minutes, and after running over 2 hours last weekend, I knew I could do it.
Not so much.
The front of my right foot started throbbing. I had felt a bit of pain there in the last couple of weeks, but nothing I couldn’t run through. This time, it was unbearable, I had to stop. Exactly a year ago, while training for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, I had the same issue. I got new super-wide shoes, and that went away — but then of course, I started getting the pain on my heel, and ditched the shoes at the end of last year.
It had never prevented me from running though. This time it was so bad, I had to tell Karl to ditch me and run back to the car, while I limped to the nearest street from the trail and waited for him to pick me up.
I only ran 7.7 miles, and that included walking breaks because of the pain…
I researched online and can’t seem to find the cause for it, the one that most describes what I’m feeling is called “hallux limitus” (a premature wearing down and tearing of the cartilage in the 1st mettarso-phalangeal joint) — and though I don’t have any limited mobility on my big toe, the pain I’m feeling is exactly on that joint.
Definitely not great news for someone who still has 3 half-marathons, two 10 milers, and one marathon to go this year, is it? Not even counting the stuff I haven’t signed up for yet!
This is another reason for me to try to move on to the Five Fingers shoes, but after a 20 minute run with them this week, my calves are screaming bloody murder — it’ll be a while until I’m just running in them. In the meantime, does anyone know anything I can try? I was able to dig out my old shoes out of the closet, but seeing I had internal bleeding on my heel because of them, it’s not the most exciting option either.