We didn't have an official group run scheduled for Saturday since it was the holiday weekend, but we did have 10 miles on tap, so a bunch of us ended up meeting anyway...although we took advantage of the cold weather and didn't start until 7:00 am. Since the course wasn't supported with water, we planned a five-mile loop from the park where we met, so we could refill water bottles at the halfway point.
Jeff and I started off fine - it was about 40 degrees, but the wind was blowing so it felt pretty chilly. Still, it was a nice change from running in the heat and humidity, plus we warmed up fairly fast. The first 3 miles were great, but closer to mile 4, my toe started hurting a lot, and it was affecting my gait, and the last thing I need is to overcompensate for one pain and cause myself another! Jeff suggested taping the two toes together, so when we got to the park, he pulled out a medical kit from the car (yes, he was a Boy Scout...can you tell?) and I taped them up. I really didn't think the taping would make a difference, but it was a complete 180 turnaround - ZERO PAIN. Color me shocked, and happy! We set off running again, but after another 2 miles, the pain came back - crum. We ended up only running 8.3 miles, as I didn't want to aggravate it too much. I can tell that I've finally built up my mileage, because my legs were not sore at all after this run - it was nice to not be limping around on Sunday!
After checking with Dr. Google, the toe pain could be one of several things - among them, either plantar fasciitis (I thought it weird that the toe would hurt before the heel, but apparently that does happen), or else some metatarsal issues...which, considering how good the toe felt when taped, I'm thinking might be it (plus I just DO NOT want to think about having PF, quite honestly). Many people online mentioned getting relief by using metatarsal pads, so I ordered a couple different types (after checking several stores in town...no one carried any) - they should be here later today, and I'm hoping that they help enough to get me through long runs.
Yesterday Jenny and I met for a quick short run, followed by a nice long "catch up" chat over coffee. Our running together lately has been really intermittent, but hopefully once the craziness of this season is over (Jenny is a photographer and is insanely busy right now), we can get back to some good weekly runs together.
Tomorrow, Erica and I will do our usual 2 mile route, and then on Saturday, we have our last long run before the half - and it's only 6 miles! Of course, Coach Dale is torturing us by making us run that route in a hilly neighborhood, but I'm sure we'll survive.
In case you missed it, I did a review of PV.Body workout clothes on Friday - they have an awesome deal going on for the next few days where you can get a really nice workout top and bottom for $32 for the month of December. You have to sign up by Friday, because their prices go up on December 1st. Click here for the review, or you can click here to sign up. They have free shipping and returns, and it's really simple to cancel your subscription if you don't want to continue. While I got my first set of clothes for free, I couldn't resist the deal and signed myself up for another month. Can't wait to see what I get!