What the foot doctor said

The last couple of weeks have been tough, I have been battling with a pain in my right foot on my runs, the weather and road conditions have been crappy, and I have had far too many dates with Mr. Elliptical when I would have preferred to be outside. After last week’s long run, about 200 yards from home, it felt like I broke something in my foot, a shooting pain that stopped all running. I thought I had stepped on a piece of gravel, however it was just my foot telling me that I needed to stop running. I did some research and it looked like something I definately needed to check out. So I made an appointment with a foot specialist at a sports clinic and the conclusion is I am going to be getting orthotics to wear when I run. Long story short (without any technical terms as I can’t remember any of those big words) I am putting to much pressure on the ball of my foot when I run due to my arches of my foot not staying where they are supposed to. I should have my have my orthotics by the end of the week (super fast), they recommend wearing them for two weeks before I start putting lots of miles on them in a long run. However best news ever, it is nothing serious and I can keep running (limited for the next couple weeks). There is certainly something to be said for going to a clinic that specializes in sports. They didn’t care that I am not a competitive runner, not on a competitive sports team, they just wanted to make sure I could keep active doing what I wanted to do. Yeah!!

This past week I have been using the elliptical to try and keep the pressure off my foot. It looks like this will be the game plan for the next couple of weeks as well. I did however managed to get in 5 miles yesterday but my foot was sore the whole time. However there was no snow, no ice, dry roads and sunshine. I was happy to get this in, because today is is crappy again with more snow. There will be lots of dates with Mr. Elliptical over the next couple of weeks so hopefully the weather will be nicer after that.

We are half way through our half marathon training. Training is going well, however I am hoping it will be better once the foot issue clears up and Mother Nature cheers up some!

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