"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Pain in the Side ...... of the FOOT!

Blessed. That's my usual response to the question I often hear regarding running. The question that inevitably follows any discussion on marathon training. The question: "Don't you ever get injured?" Not really, I have been very blessed. Of course, I also throw in that I've been smart about training, disciplined in knowing my limits, and perhaps saved by the fact that I didn't start putting mega-miles on the legs until I reached middle-age, but mostly I've been blessed!

So when I have had a tweak here or there, it has never forced me off the plan. I typically hit the Advil, wrap with ice, and run through it. Well .....

This summer, in what should have been good prep for a fall PR, I've been slightly taken off schedule. West Virginia in June resulted in another one of those tweaks--knee pain for a month, that went away by mid-July. The bigger issue since then, has to do with a sharp, burning pain on the side of my foot. I have no idea what it is. It begins to flare up when I finish a 5+ mile run, or when I am on my feet for more than a couple of hours. It also flares up when I mow the yard. In fact, the more zig-zagging I do--like mowing and changing directions--the more intense the burn.

It is not debilitating, it is frustrating; an annoyance and an easy excuse to keep the shoes kicked off and the body in a lazy boy position. I think it's getting better, but from time to time it strikes back. I would love to hear from anyone that has an idea of what is going on. A few other details include:

* There is no swelling, redness, or unique texture on the side of my foot.

* Advil and ice do not effect the pain or burning. A massage does seem to help ease the pain some, at least temporarily.

* I changed shoes! After 7 years of Adrenalines, I just had to change and see if it helped. I went to an Asics 2000 a few weeks ago. Although, I still can't imagine that being the issue.

Indy is up in two weeks. It will be fun. I will start, and I will finish. I will not PR. That's ok. I've been very, very blessed.

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