Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Another year, another BQ lost

I finally got in to see the podiatrist today (after a 45 minute wait) about my foot. Naturally it was feeling great all day long with nary a twinge or wince, but that's beside the point. I told her about my running style, got a bad reaction from her when I mentioned barefoot running, and another when I told her I had done a mile last Thursday. On to the exam. After some pulling, stretching, and poking she was still perplexed. The foot was still visibly swollen and warm (six weeks later!) but it wasn't hurting today.

Then she asked "Did you hear a pop when it hurt?"

"Yeah. Didn't I say that?"  Her scowl was my answer. My bad.

Diagnosis: a tear (or something) between two of my bones in the middle of the foot. Remedy: wear boots for the next month.  Seriously. Hiking boots.  Every day. In July. Joy of joys.

But at least now I know. No Mt Washington. No July 4th race at Gilette Stadium. No Falmouth. Bye bye Boston qualifying. And this was totally my year.

Positive news though, biking isn't totally out. Kind of a grey area there. And she said I had great runners feet. Just the kind you want to run on. So I got that going for me.

Monday, June 7, 2010


That's right, I'm still not running.  I did the GNRC mile time trial last Thursday and even though I went real slow (6:33) my foot still ended up hurting for the next two days.  Turns out that I was worse off than I believed, I thought I was close to being able to run again.  Nope.

Since I haven't been able to do any running for the past six weeks I finally broke down and pulled out my old mountain bike.  I've been riding around on it for a couple of weeks and it feels good to get out and do something active.  Anything at this point.  Unfortunately, since I don't see the foot getting better any time soon, I have started to look around at new bikes.  Something fast and cool looking.  That way I can at least get some exercise and try to stay in shape for when my foot finally heals up.

I never thought that I would be looking forward to getting on a bike and going for long rides.  Next thing you know I'll take up swimming.  And then I'll have become a triathlete.