State of the Foot

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Hey! Look! Its my foot!

I know that I’ve moaned about it on here before, but I have seriously awful feet. When I was home a few weeks ago, I had another “foot pop,” and I went to see my ortho in Mobile about an hour later. A few xrays and a very painful session of moving Elizabeth’s foot in all kinds of unnatural positions, I was given a diagnosis: bad feet for running. I have very high arches, which means that my foot overcompensates and puts most of the pressure on the outside edge, which is why I often have pain there (and maybe a hidden stress fracture?). The circled bit on the xray above is a stress spur, which is where my foot is overcompensating for my bad arches by growing other bits of bone. Terrifying. Oh, and I also have Plantar Fasciitis in my left heel. I walk very well these days.

So where am I?

Some friends (Sudie, Liz, Lauren) and I have decided to do this 5k on Saturday morning. It is a free race followed by yoga, and it starts/ends at Whole Foods. I honestly think that sounds like a perfect morning. I was a little worried (um, I don’t want to be dead last) about the distance because I haven’t run 3.1 miles consecutively since…May? I know I can walk it easily, but it looks like the race is only 45 minutes, and again, I don’t want to be last.

Yesterday, I set out to give it a try, using my new interval method. I did a 5K in 33:35, which isn’t bad at all, and it leaves me optimistic that I’ll be fine on Saturday and that I’ll continue to get faster using this method. I won’t ramp up Disney Training until the end of October, and I think I’ll continue to run 2-3 miles, 2-3 times a week until then. Maybe this gradual increase will help my bad foot adapt? Or maybe it will give me more time to perfect my race walk?

Only time will tell.

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