Down, but not Out

Last week I had a bit of a setback. I was on my usual after work jog around the park. It was nothing out of the ordinary, just a quick couple of barefoot miles. I finished the run and drove home. When I stepped out of the car I noticed a pain in my left foot. I bent down and pressed on the spot that hurt, and that made it really hurt. As you can imagine, my mind was flooded with the worst “Oh Shit” thoughts it could conjure up.

The next morning, it still hurt, and I made the not so smart decision to go to work anyway. Spending eight hours standing and walking around did not help matters. I was considerably worse by the end of the day. I came home almost limping to the door. I was hoping that after a good nights sleep, it may be better. It wasn’t. At that point, I wasn’t taking any more chances. I called into work and told them I wasn’t coming in.

Later that night I am sitting in the exam room of an orthopedic clinic. The Dr. checked my foot out. I almost jumped out of the chair when she found the spot. A few x-rays later, I had a diagnosis. Peroneal Tendonitis.

The good news was nothing was broken or torn. It was just an inflamed tendon. It was very uncomfortable, but would ultimately heal up.

During my barefoot running journey, I have had a number of what I call, growing pains. When I first started the soles of my feet hurt. As they adapted, that went away. Then the outer edges hurt, and that went away. Then for a while, my calves were very sore. That went away. Later on, my knees were hurting. This worried me, but it also went away. There have been times that I hit a big rock and literally had to limp home. After a day or two of rest, I was fine. This injury really had me concerned though. It just felt different than all the others.

For a few days, I was almost depressed. I was afraid that I may have to give up running, at least temporarily. I have found that I love it. I did feel quite a bit better when I learned that it was just a temporary injury, and I would ultimately make a full recovery.

I think one of the drivers behind the injury may be my recent obsession with improving my speed. I had gotten into the habit of always trying to beat my time from the last run. I think this contributed to me losing focus on my form, and overstriding. This is a no, no. I have decided to not worry about speed at all. For the foreseeable future, I am only going to worry about keeping my form correct. After all, I’m not training for a race or seeking to best anyone. I simply like to run, and that is more than enough for me.

I did get out Friday for a lap around the park, which is one mile. I took it slow and gentle. My foot did great. It feels almost 100%. Even still, I’m not going to push it. I will slowly build back the distance.

Screenshot_20170904-112404During this whole ordeal, I found some new friends. I got some really good advice from the great folks at The Barefoot Runners Society. For those of you who have an interest in barefoot running, or running in general, they have a lot of resources on their website. You can find the forums here. Check them out.

Saturday! Oh, yeah.

Hi, friends. It’s Saturday, and I’m off to a good start. I took a walk with the hounds around the neighborhood earlier. I think I got that done just in time because it is raining now. We’re still in winter here, but the temperature is supposed to get up to 70F today. Once the rain moves out we should have nice but premature Spring day today.

I just finished updating our family budget. Denice had started it yesterday but was unable to completed because she got locked out of our bank website. It turns out that I had inputted challenge questions, but neglected to provide her with the answers. I have traditionally handled the budgeting, but we have decided to transition this task to her since she is home all day now. So, the first thing I did this morning was to create a list of access information for her, for all of our accounts. She now has the keys to the kingdom, so to speak. I think this will be really good for her. She’s very proficient at this kind of stuff. It is a win/win.

Today we have our bowling get together with my work tribe. That should be fun. That’s not till 6:00, so we have some time to get the housework caught up and then to have some relaxing down time. Tomorrow we have the Lady Vols basketball game. They have lost their las two games, so hopefully tomorrow they can pull one out. We’ll see. Personally, I don’t get emotionally involved with who wins or loses. I like watching them play and really could care less who wins. This irritates the hell out of Denice. I think that is kind of amusing too.

Ok, my fellow milk-suckling mammals… hope you all have a fun Saturday.