Now that I’m well into this training for the Treasure Coast Marathon on March 5th, with a few long runs already in my book, the terrible metatarsal foot pain has been spinning it’s painful head again. I struggled with this pain last year during the training for the Disney marathon, then it disappeared only to show up again this year with even more intensity than last year.
I’m pretty sure that I have been running too long with light weight running sneakers for too long, basically for the last 6-8 months. Here in Florida, while it’s so hot and humid, light weight sneakers feel so good and I really love that, just like the name says, I don’t have to bear the extra weight on my feet and legs. However,I should have switched it up more often though … The ball of my foot is so inflammed right now, it hurts even walking barefoot. I need to see a podiatrist asap. Subconsciously I’m just scared they tell me that I shouldn’t run the marathon. When HoHo messaged me yesterday that she ignored her metatarsal foot pain for too long and she ended up fracturing her foot, I got really worried. Yes, I agree, I need to see a podiatrist asap.
Here is how many running went last week:
Monday: 7 Miles around my neighborhood, a hot and humid afternoon run. At the 3 mile mark is when I start getting pain in my foot. I pushed through anyway. I’m not saying this is the right thing to do, but that’s what I did with my runner’s mind.
Tuesday: No running. I was swimming laps in our community pool. I usually never really swim because I always have the kids with me at the pool. My youngest son is still too young, so I still need to keep an eye still on him near the pool, so I never really get to swim. I just splish and splash and hold him up most of the time. The kids were in school that morning though and I thought it might be a good idea to go for a swim instead of a run. Felt great!
Wednesday: Almost the same exact run like on Monday. The same weather, the same mileage and the same foot pain. Even my frustration over this pain was the same. 7 miles done.
Thursday: No Running
Friday: 3 miles at the gym on the treadmill. I thought the softer running surface of the treadmill might make running easier on my foot, and it actually did. I rowed 2,000 m afterwards as well. Loved it!
Saturday: 7 Miles to the beach. I really stuffed up my running shoe with extra padding underneath the ball of my right foot. I wasn’t pain-free during this run, but it helped.
Sunday: 16 Miles. I left the house early enough to see the sunrise. The world is beautiful during the early morning hours. I decided to run again over to the beach. On my way I have to cross over a big canal with a draw-bridge. The bridge was lifted up when I got there, so I used the time waiting for bridge repeats. I continued running along Ocean Drive. It was already warm, but it was a glorious looking morning. The Ocean was stunning and so many runners were out. I stopped a few times because the padding in my shoe needed some adjustments. At times during this run I was in severe pain. When I got home I was barely able to walk, even barefoot. I keep icing it, but I know I probably need to give into some anti-inflammatories at this point.
Total Mileage for this week: 40 Miles plus strength training, rowing and swimming.
How was your training week?