I ran my standard 4+ mile route this morning. My foot was okay at first but then slowly started feeling wonky again. That warm, tingly feeling in the upper ball of my foot – there it was again, although not as bad as on Saturday.
This sucks balls. I know it’s not the end of the world if I have to not run for a few days. It’s the whole unpredictability of the thing. What if I had a race scheduled for tomorrow? What if it was the MARATHON that I have already talked so much about even though it’s 9 months away? I know there’s no way to 100% guarantee I won’t be sick or injured prior to a race. I just wish I knew why this was happening and how to prevent it and how never ever to have any problems with my body in any way whatsoever for the rest of my time on Earth. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
It was also 25 degrees out, so I kept it slow from the start. I also just wasn’t feeling strong. I felt… blech. I blame the amount of sleep I got last night, which was just under 5 hours. I know I need to get more. I know.
I didn’t even feel like taking a fun, cutesy pic. Stark, winter trees it was today.
I’ve been searching online for what this foot thing might be and have narrowed it down to metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, or arthritis. This is different from plantar fasciitis, which, as far as I understand it, affects the heel.
If any runners out there have experienced anything like this and have any suggestions (other than not running for a few days), please let me know! In the meantime, I’m trying to massage and stretch the ball of my foot every so often.
I should add that I have NO pain whatsoever when I walk. Only when I run.
Also, for what it’s worth, I’ve noticed that I tend to be a midfoot striker.
In food news, I finally wrote a post about baking Superhero Muffins, but I realized some of the pics I took are still on my camera at home, so I’ll post that later tonight! And for breakfast, I had a cup of leftover chili with a fried egg. This was a good breakfast! I need to eat leftovers for breakfast more often.
Bring on those ball of the foot pain suggestions!