My recovery week is over. I took it easy and enjoyed NOT having to run 40+ miles in really cold weather and icy conditions. Yesterday I capped my low mileage week with a crappy four mile run. I was supposed to run on Saturday morning, but our boiler went wonky on Friday afternoon and my Honda Pilot’s “low tire pressure” warning came on. I ended up spending Saturday morning dealing with our heating company (who were pretty awesome in solving the problem) and taking my car to the gas station. That meant a Sunday run with a mild hangover. Yay! Not. I expected my head to hurt. What I didn’t expect was how crappy the rest of me felt.
I have an issue going on with my foot. I’ve consulted Dr. Google and I think it’s something with the metatarsal bones in my right foot. I get a pain in the ball of my right foot about 4 miles into most non-treadmill runs. For a while, I could just run through it and, while not fun, it wasn’t a big deal. Now I’m beginning to feel occasional tightness in my opposite hip that I’m thinking may be related to a change in how I’m running. I don’t think I have any real damage there because I’ve run up to 8 miles on the treadmill in just socks with no pain (I haven’t run past 8 on the treadmill in years) and the pain when I’m not on the treadmill goes away the minute I stop running and doesn’t start again until the same point on the next run. Obviously, I’m landing wrong somehow when I have shoes on and I need to figure out how to fix it.
So, I’m supposed to run 50 miles this coming week. In previous weeks, I’ve been able to recover from foot pain in the long runs by running shorter the next day. I’m reaching the point where my shortest run is 8 miles. This will be a mileage PR for me big time if I hit it. And I may be hitting the treadmill for a scary amount of those miles. I know I won’t be racing on a treadmill, but I need to build the time on my feet and endurance that I need to run 65.5 miles in one week and I need to do it without hurting myself.
Fingers crossed that one of my three solutions (taping with KT tape, a metatarsal pad, or shoes with a 0 mm drop and a wide forefoot) will solve the problem. Other wise, I’m going to be spending a lot of time on my treadmill and crossing my fingers that I can get through race week.