Painful feet have kept me off the pavement

December 15, 2010


It has been way too long since my last post.

I really don’t have much of an excuse for not writing besides being extremely busy with numerous publications to layout, design and complete in November and December. But I know that everyone is busy. If I truly wanted to write a post, I’d make the time to do it.

On top of that I’ve been dealing with foot pain that has gradually gotten worse with my attempt at increasing my mileage. Now, I’m not just sitting on my butt doing nothing. I have stayed on track with P90X workouts – I have 4 more weeks to complete my third round.

At first I thought the pain might be because I was in need of new shoes. Turns out that is not the case. I have a brand new pair of Nike Vomero 5 and after completing half-a -dozen runs of 4-7 miles each; I am still dealing with pain on the bottom of both feet. Most of the pain has been on the joint right under my pinky toes. It is the same arthritic pain I dealt with the last time I trained for the Blues Half. Only at that time I didn’t know it was Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’ve tried icing, elevating and staying off of it for a day or two, but it doesn’t ever seem to completely go away.

The dilemma: Figuring out how to train with the pain or deciding if it is even worth running in pain if it is ultimately damaging my joints. Hmm…

Well, my next step in figuring this out is talking with my RA doctor. I have an appointment next week and hope to get some answers. I do find it interesting that my body is able to withstand 1-hour workouts on a daily basis that consist of some jumping, lunging, etc but not so much the constant pounding of running for over 50 minutes at a time.

As I have said before, training for this half-marathon was going to be a learning process. It seems my RA can handle P90X workouts, but is not too keen on long runs. (I use that term loosely – 5,6,7,8 mile runs are not that long in the grand scheme of things)

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