My Foot Hurts

And I’m very unhappy about.

I went out for a run on Friday, trying to run off the seventy pounds of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, etc. that I mainlined on Thanksgiving. It was a good run, six miles, which ended up being one mile more than I had initially planned. Once I was out there, I realized I would let the road just sort of lead me, which is exactly what it did.

First time I’d run six miles on a few months. Around the beginning of September my knee started to bother me, and then my heel, then my whole foot. I did some reading and was starting to panic that I was developing the dreaded plantar facisitis. Which is exactly the time I discovered the Maffetone Method.

I’ve been trying the Maffetone Method for about two and a half months. I’ve got another update coming in a few days about how it went in month two. But for now, I’ll simply say that I went for a nice slow aerobic base building run.

Until yesterday all of my runs have been three miles, with a few at five. This was the first time I’d run six. And when I came back in, I felt great. Legs were good, I felt like I could’ve run another six.

An hour later, my foot hurt so badly I was limping.

Dammit.

I’ve been reading Born To Run. Riveting. I’m completely digging this book. And it makes a good case for barefoot running. Now, I’m not crazy enough to go completely barefoot. Not yet, anyway. Especially not heading into a New England winter. Aside from potential stress fractures, I’m not big into frostbite. So I’ve decided I’ve got to try a minimalist shoe. Because my foot shouldn’t hurt like this.

So I’ve ordered this little beauty.

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This shoe should be in by Wednesday, which means trying it out in the cold dark of Thursday morning.

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