Tuesday 31st December 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Mark Broom – ‘Acid House’

40×2 bicep curls, 30×2 dumbbell bench press, 20×2 wide press-ups, 20×2 close press-ups, 20×2 russian twist, 20×2 dorsal raise, 30×2 sit-ups, 1×40 tricep extensions, 10×1 marine crunch, 15×1 leg raise, 1×30 standard squats, 1×2:10 standard plank (Australia Holiday, session 4)

I noticed after taking my boots off after work last night that I felt something akin to pain in both of the balls of my feet, around the joint where the 4th metatarsal joins the main foot. I thought I may just have some blisters after running hard in the rain yesterday and in the rain and mud two days prior to that. However, on closer examination I’ve found, on both feet, quite deep cuts. I’m no doctor but these do not look to me like cuts made with a sharp implement or anything like that, they look more like tears in my skin and flesh and I believe they may be a result of my forefoot running technique. I don’t normally ask questions/call for comments here on the blog but: Has anybody else experienced this in their running life? What did you do about it?

Before going to be last night I laid out my running gear with the full intention of heading out for 8km before my Late shift – this was to be my final run of 2013. Alas, both of my feet are feeling quite painful and I had enough difficulty just walking to the kitchen! My plan, therefore, is to head to my late shift today with my flip-flops in my bag and to wear them around the office and the building thus allowing oxygen to get to my injuries and hopefully speed up the healing process. I have no doubt that these cuts will heal up in time for Country to City on January 11th but I also have no doubt that when I cross the line at C2C it will be with very battered feet and, in all likelihood, the need to take some time off running and instead concentrate on the pool and my weights/core programme until my feet heal up completely! I may need to revisit my technique a little in the New Year but, that being said, I may not as this has never happened to me before and I’m wondering if it might have something to do with the shoes I wear when I’m road running…time, investigation, patience and analysis will tell!

Taking it easy on the running front meant I could get in two sets of my Australia core/weights exercises before work this morning and it felt like a really good workout. It certainly takes the edge off not being able to run properly that’s for sure! I’m on an Early shift tomorrow (New Year’s Day) so I’m hoping that by the time I get back from work my feet won’t be in so much pain and I can attempt a light trail run to test the waters. I must say I’m a little apprehensive about running an ultra with my feet in the condition they are in and I am going to make a decision by Wednesday as to whether to transfer my entry to another ultra on June 1st – the option has been put to me by the race director of C2C so it wouldn’t be a problem.

Happy New Year to you all!

Peace & Blessings x

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