Thursday, 29 September 2011

Just Keep on Going - 15 days left

Well, after resting my foot for over a week; after taking anti-inflamatories and pain killers and massaging it, none of which seemed to make much difference, I decided that if my foot was going to hurt anyway, I might as well run.

In actual fact, it hurts most when I'm sitting down or standing and hurts least when I'm walking and running. So that's a good excuse to keep moving on it. Some days there is no pain. Some days lots. And it seems to move about; sometimes in my toes, sometimes in my metatarsals. I've noticed that arthritis seems to be like that. The pain comes and goes in its own time at its own pace. Well, with me anyway; and really, the weather doesn't make much difference in my case as I know it seems to with others.

So, I did a 2.6k this morning; 26 mins, most of which was pain free as it happens, just a twinge or two as I neared home. Then when I got in the house and took off my shoes and sat down, that's when I felt it.

I'm still convinced that my minimalist shoes are the best for me and haven't contributed to the pain. The pain I got on holiday in my foot developed when I was wearing a pair of sandals and I had no pain at all on the two occasions I ran on holiday. And in fact, the only pair of shoes I can wear which doesn't seem to exacerbate the pain are my Vivobarefoot Neo's. And I walk about barefoot in the house almost all the time.

The upshot is that because of the condition of my foot now, I've had to cut my distance to less than half. I don't think I'll ever run a marathon now. I might not even run 10k again. All I can do is just keep going, running short distances regularly and see how things develop. All goals have gone out the window except the goal of 'keep on going'.

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