Training: Finally Feeling Good

Long time no talk right?

I haven’t posted as much on Fridays lately but I thought with a race this weekend, I thought I would update on my foot and personal life.

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A photo of me holding shoes must mean I’m back again right? 

After stopping my run two Sundays ago (because of pain above my 3-4rd metatarsal), I was positive I had a stress fracture or at least a reaction.  What else is up there?  There is lots of bone and a few nerves and muscles that connect.  The pain felt similar to the precursor of when I had my 2nd metatarsal fracture.

By Tuesday, I was in Dr. Kemonosh’s office.  My mentality was “if they could do deep tissue work, it couldn’t possibly be a fracture, right?”  One of his associates, Craig, did various tests including bending my toes and feeling each bone.  He was pretty sure nothing was broken but he told me to get an X-ray to be sure.  I wanted to know too!

In my opinion, injuries are awful but not knowing kind of injury is worse.  The x-ray came out clean.  Long story short, I had a pinched nerve between my toes from wearing too small of racing shoes and possibly too small/tight of socks.  It’s embarrassing considering I work at a running store and know my foot size but since removing them out of the equation I’ve been fine.  I’ll have to purchase bigger racing shoes.

So what is coming up?

Last year, I gutted out Broad Street and it was the first time for a few months I felt good.  For my newer readers, I ran the Phoenix full marathon and finished with an injury to my butt, hips and hamstring.  I got married, went on a honeymoon and came back at the end of April.  The ART and rest allowed my muscle issue to sort itself out.  I ran Broad Street 20 seconds slower than when I was in my ultimate fitness in 2014.  Moving on, this April I ended on a good note again.

I must like the end of April! 

So 300 words later, where am I now?

My foot is back to normal, and I am going to race Broad Street.  Since I’ve been resting the last two weeks, I’m not sure how this race will go.  I don’t feel “well rested, tapered and recovered,” I feel like my legs forgot what running is.  Since I’m able to run healthy and be motivated to run again, I don’t have any complaints.

That’s all I have.  My parents, as well as my inlaws, are both coming into town to also race Broad Street, so I’m excited to see them again.  It’s going to be a busy but fun weekend.

Posts from the week:
How to Train with Your Significant Other and Strengthen Your Marriage
5 Secrets to Buying Running Shoes
Saucony Kinvara 7 Review
Blogger’s Guilt

Thanks for stopping by!

Questions for you:
What are your weekend plans?
Have you ever had a foot issue?

I don’t play around with pain in the feet. There isn’t a lot down there and since I run on my toes, my metatarsals take more impact than I would like.


      1. Nice, I guess you don’t train in those? My shins would be obliterated. I replaced my kinvara because they were getting worn with some Asics… they don’t feel as sleek as first, but after 20 miles I find my feet are in better shape!

      2. No, I would be injured too. I like high cushioned shoes to train in such as the Saucony Triumph. Racing, they are a great shoe, I’ll just need a bigger size…

      3. Yes I am similar to you, I wear orthotic insoles so really I need something that is deep enough to not be really annoying with them

  1. London Marathon Sunday, pain in left foot, quad and hip – foot was a new issue! Walked the last six miles almost, a long way to the finish line. Was so gutted, everyday you feel a new emotion, every day gets a bit better 🙂

  2. I’m sitting broad street out due to injury and I’m sad 🙁 but I know you’ll rock it. Can’t wait to hear your recap and live vicariously through you. Good luck to you and your whole fam!

  3. I’m glad you figured out what was causing your foot pain and it’s easily fixed. Yeah, buying new socks and racing shoes is pricey but at least you can run and it beats paying for PT and medical bills! I actually had a similar problem with socks, as the Feetures I was wearing with compression were causing my toes to bunch up and giving me pain in the big toe. I switched to Balega and those worked much better.

    I agree that not knowing what your injury is and how to fix it is the worst part. With all my injuries, I was just glad when I got a diagnosis and plan to treat it. Not having answers is hard.

  4. I forgot that you’re doing Broad street too- I haven’t run it i years but love this race! I’m hoping the rainy forecast holds off during the race itself, but we’ll see. Have a great weekend with your family!

  5. Weekend plans include lots of family and friend time in Ohio! 🙂 im lucky that I haven’t had foot issues but Alex has. He’s always trying new shoes to try to fix it!

  6. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Since I recently moved to Boston I am going to miss running Broad Street this year, but I have a couple races coming up in the next couple of weeks. I am currently dealing with a mild case of Plantar Fasciitis, doing a lot of stretching, icing and massages. Good Luck on Sunday. 🙂

  7. Running the Cap City Half tomorrow in Columbus! After that lots of rest and enjoying time with family.

    I did have foot issues, in a similar area that you are describing a few years ago. The only thing that helped was about 2 weeks off from running. Haven’t had any issues since but I did change shoes so maybe it was the shoes I had been running in.

    Good luck at Broad Street!

  8. Oh my gosh – I’ve had that pinched nerve thing twice in my foot – from tying it too tight. You’d think I would learn! It feels totally like what I would imagine a fracture would feel like (knock in wood I haven’t had a fracture). It took forever to heal! Glad you are feeling better.

  9. Ug, I hear ya. One of my goal races is next weekend and this week my big toe has mysteriously started hurting. Had a great training cycle going, so nervous what’s going to happen with two weeks of no real training.

    1. Ugh, that stinks! Let me know what happens. You won’t have lost much fitness in 2 weeks. What is your goal race?

  10. Good luck! It’s always embarrasing when you have an injury like that. I had to take 2 weeks of running because I fell off a step-ladder… my bad!

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