Monthly Archives: April 2011

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Funny how if my feet hurt, I ignore them and run anyway.  Really, the feet never hurt while running, just nearly crippling afterward.  Still, I ignore them time after time.   On the other hand, one little twinge from my ankle or knee and I am propped up with ice and anti-inflamitories before you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Until this morning…

It sucks to go back to the treadmill after tasting the freedom of an early morning run in the spring where there is enough light to put the fears back in the closet with the snow boots.  Unfortunately, with the hubs out of town and the kids fast asleep in bed, I have the treadmill or I have nothing at all. 

I’ve been using the Egoscue method to relieve my recent foot and ankle and chronic hip pain.  On the plus side, much of the stiffness I’ve experienced over the last few years has eased up but I still have pain.  The pain is better but I haven’t been running as many miles either.   I can’t lay praise on one thing over the other.

Back to running this morning…At 2.25 miles this morning, I felt the strain in the tendons on the inside of my right ankle.  Previously, the pain was all the way around the ankle.  I ended my last couple of runs fearing this strain would end my running days.  Yet, this morning, I burned with desire to mark a notch at 4 miles.  Refusing to give up so soon, I brought out Ms. Stubborn to coach me through the run. 

A funny thing happened, not a ha ha thing, more like a huh? thing.  At some point within the next mile, the tendon loosened up.  Ms. Stubborn took stiffness to task for intervening with my morning runs.  I guess stiffness got tired of waiting for me to get off the treadmill and went looking for someone at the donut shop. 

I only have a week and a half before the half marathon.  I am still up in the air about running it.  I don’t think it is the smart thing to do. I don’t think I’d be able to finish it strong.   I’m not sure I have enough control over my competitive side to keep me reigned in.  But, maybe, I just need to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?

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Southern Thinkin’

I would like to thank the southern ‘gentleman’ that I sat next to at the meeting for not using his southern manners. I mean, he didn’t even bother to make it a southern complement. 

“I’m sorry to say this but you’re NOT a runner.  You’re a jogger. Those expensive shoes you bought were meant for runners.  That’s why your feet were hurting.”

Hind sight, I’ve got all the right replies.

Still, it bugs me.  Not a runner.  PFT!

I know a bunch of runners.  Some are faster, some are not.  Don’t sit on the side of the road I’m running on and try to tell me I’m not a runner.  Even better, I’m a barefoot/minimalist runner.

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