I have been having some trouble with intermittent pain and numbness at the base of my toes on my left foot that sometimes makes it uncomfortable for me to walk, let alone run. I was noticing it at first only on long runs, but now I have it almost every time I run and sometimes when I'm just walking or standing a lot.
I went to a podiatrist. Next week I will go for physical therapy to evaluate and treat the pain. In the meantime, he suggested orthotics but I have tried those in the past and they are expensive and uncomfortable. Luckily he didn't insist -- he recommended some off-the-shelf insoles instead and also said I shouldn't be walking around my house (hardwood floors) barefoot. So I'm wearing shoes in the house and taking some anti-inflammatories temporarily until things settle down a bit.
Oh, and I'm not supposed to run.
I'm not thrilled about taking three weeks off running but at the same time, I know that I need to get better. To be honest, it has been so miserably cold out that it hasn't been a huge sacrifice to skip it. I have been doing some yoga (including hot yoga), Pilates, swimming, and indoor cycling to compensate. Tonight is my swimming night.
I'm also beginning to lose that lovin' feeling about Weight Watchers, to be honest. I'm wondering if I should cancel my membership and go back to tracking with "Lose It!" instead. My monthly pass just got renewed, so I'm going to give myself a few weeks to think about it. I don't know if it's a temporary feeling of WW ennui, but I don't feel like I'm getting much out of my meetings lately, and I can track for free with "Lose It!" Like I said, I'm going to give myself a week or two to think about it.