Sunday, January 03, 2010

Running setback

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.


  1. I hope your foot gets better after trying out all those treatments. I hate it when an injury makes me slow down - grrrr.

    Good luck with a change in slimming group too.

  2. Do what you have to do.

    I've had that same feeling about WW many times over the past 2 years, but I realize it really is what works for me. I can say I'd track elsewhere, but the points system makes NI user-friendly, and I know it works. Sometimes, you just physically need a break.

  3. Did the doc give you a specific diagnosis on your foot? If you have to be off running this really is the time of year for it. I imagine your weather is about as runner-unfriendly as mine (if not more so). I never attend the WW meetings, despite my "good intentions" to do so. However, the power I give to their scale and that bookmark seems to keep me in line. I hope you find your answers!

  4. The good news is that he didn't say you had some horrible thing wrong that needed surgery and wickedly aggressive treatment. I know you love the running and it's hard to not be able to physically do it when your mind is ready to go. You do have many other options that are already part of your exercise routine, and that will help keep you active.

    As for WW, I've come and gone with them myself over the years. The power of their scale and accountability matters for me. But if you're not finding it helpful, why not go for tracking for free? I finally bit the bullet and did the same thing. I'll always be able to calculate points, but am finding that a more complete nutritional analysis (I use is pretty eye-opening. Think on it and do what's best for you :)

  5. noooooooooooo! boo to injuries. sorry to hear it jen. nothing more frustrating than being told you can't run when you really want to run. hope you're on the mend soon.

    happy new year to you too. thank you for another year of always thoughtful must read posts :)

  6. Sorry to hear about your foot. I just ordered crocs to wear around the house since we have tile and it's rough on my toes too- pretty good deal right now- 2 prs for $14.99 and there are some coupon codes in the comments.

    Happy Healing!

  7. Hi Jen, here via your RSS feed, recommended to me by Google Reader. May I say that, from my own experience, January has actually been a harder time for me than either Thanksgiving or Christmas! The holidays are over, there isn't anything to look forward to, it's winter and cold and dark. Plus I was usually suffering from carb overload and sugar poisoning.

    Can I suggest that, before you make any decisions, wait until your injuries are a little better and you're not feeling so BLAHHHHH. This might not be the best time of year to make a decision. Good luck and wishing you speedy healing!

  8. Ouch! I have never heard of pain at the front of the foot, by the toes. I hope it goes away. It took forever for my left foot pain (similar to plantar faciitis (or however it's spelled)) - about 6 months. Meh.


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