So I was silly last week. I let the nice weather go to my head and I wore a new pair of desert boots to work. They are unlined and catch your socks when you put them on. I think this is why my left second toe (which sticks forward a fraction more than my big toe) has been really swollen and sore the past couple of days. Not too sore to walk but sore enough you notice every step. I went to bed hoping I would wake up pain free but it was worse. What to do?
Advice on here was strap it. I have one small plaster or sellotape. I decided my trainers would hold my feet well enough not to worry. Ibuprofen and paracetamol taken more for after the run than anything.
Out for the warm up walk, ouch, ouch, ouch. I’m never going to run like this. Jo Wiley says run. I say let’s see.
W5R1 is three 5 minute runs with 3 minute rests. More running than I can remember.
Part way through the first minute and my lungs are like wheezy old bellows. A night’s worth of dust and cobwebs seem to be rattling around in there. I get to half way and think I can’t possible do 5 minutes. Then there’s a minute left and I’m ****** if I’m going to give up.
Reach the end thinking my lungs will explode and revert to a walk. Ouch, ouch, ouch - walking hurts whilst running doesn’t!
Second run was better than the first - my breathing was back to normal and I relaxed. Third run was the best of the three. I went into that slightly Zen trance state of just putting each foot in front of the other and moving forward whilst focussing on the music.
Home and the toe is no more sore than it was and the drugs actually are working (see earlier post). Now the luxury of a really hot bath and knowing I have a whole day to be smug.
Good luck with your next run whenever it is and keep going x