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Thursday, August 18, 2011


I want to run.

Considering how long I've been a runner, this is actually a rather novel feeling. While I often enjoy my runs once I start them, or feel good after I finish, I rarely want to get up at six, lace up my shoes and head out the door. Instead, I lay in bed a good 10 minutes after my alarm goes off talking myself into getting up and runnig. But now I want to run; and now I can't.

About two weeks ago, I noticed a pain in the big toe of my left foot. Not a sharp pain, but a deep one that xran up my foot a bit whenever I stepped on it. Years of knee problems have taught to run through pain, and since it didn't hurt too bad, and was just my toe, after all, I ignored it. That Saturday, I ran on it. Just a short run, but halfway through my toe had gone numb and lost feeling, like it had fallen asleep. I figured I'd ice it, and give it a few days off. But by a week ago last Thursday, the pain had gotten so bad I was limping. Enough is enough, so I went to a walk-in clinic.

I must have described the pain well to nurse, because the doctor came in and before even examining my foot said I had tendinitis in my foot, common in football players which gives it the name "turf toe". Basically, it's carpal tunnel syndrome all over again, only in my foot. I'm even on the same anti-inflammatory pills. And I'm not allowed to run for at least two weeks. The doctor was a runner himself, so at least he was sympathetic about tn is instead if wanting to know why on earth I would want to get up at 6 and run 10 miles in the first place.

So now I'm taking a forced break from running, and much to my surprise I miss it a lot. With luck I'll be as good as new soon. In the mean tine I'll be swimming laps in my apt. complex's pool, the most boring workout in the world.