Left foot no better

The left foot is no better. The odd thing is that it stops being sore if I walk more than a mile. So what happens is I go out with the dogs, and very quickly it gets quite sore, say 5 out of 10 in terms of pain. Once I’ve gone over a mile, though, and hence once my foot has warmed up, it feels a lot better. Say, 1 out of 10. It’s now a background murmur, not sore but just something I can feel.

This leads me to wonder what the heck I should do. It’s now just over 9 weeks until the NYC marathon, so time is running out in a big way. August has been a total write-off; yes, I did 14 miles three days ago, but that injured my foot, and was my only proper run in 4 weeks. I can’t deny that the thought of being in NYC when the marathon is being run, but not being able to run it, is not a good thought, but I’ve now had 2 foot injuries in August, so it’s starting to look more and more doubtful that I’ll be able to run the marathon, the longer I’m injured.

Still, mustn’t give up just yet. If the foot can get better in the next few days, the plan next is to build up the miles a little slower than just going straight out for a 14 mile run. Can’t be too slow, though, otherwise I’ll never get my training up to the point where I can run the marathon.

It’s also possibly a blessing in disguise that I’ve had these injuries, as my training up to the end of July was ridiculously easy. Maybe that would have left me feeling like I hadn’t accomplished anything. So now, if I manage to do the marathon, it’s going to be one hell of an accomplishment. Just getting round it is now the only goal I have – trying to do it under 4 hours is now unrealistic.

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