Ya, I know, took me long enough! Last week, my (human) girls decided to spend the week with grandparents around the corner, and I found myself lacking motivation to push. I did a lot of reading and a lot of napping. I didn’t get done anything I had planned on doing, but that’s the way it goes.
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Total mileage for this record: 52.5
VFF miles: 30
Total mileage since getting VFFs: 102.5
Total days in shoes: 21
Pain summary: Taking it slower due to the extensor tendonitis/top of foot pain. Have also had arch pain in that foot. Doing more stretching (supta virasana) of feet before run has seemed to help. Plantar fasciitis pain in R heel moderate over all, but there are times (like this morning, for example) when initial contact with the floor was extremely unpleasant. I have not had to crawl at all since getting the VFFs, so this is marked improvement overall. The blister I developed on the ball of my one foot from the shoe was not bothersome to begin with, and that area has *zero* discomfort and is totally fine.
Conclusion: Continue to take it slower, adding no more than 1/2 mile in VFFs per week. I’m almost there, but willing to slow pace of increased mileage to avoid pain.
In my log below, I’ve noted when I’ve taken anything that might affect my interpretation of pain.
Feel free to stop here if the details make you fall asleep.
Monday- Day 11- ran all 2 ¼miles; L foot starting to get soreish around mile 1; not too bad, but didn’t try to push real hard; took some Tylenol sinus for headache, which started yesterday pm.
Tuesday- Day 12- ran all 2 ½miles; foot was sore since waking; will stretch and probably ice again later; no knee pain at all today; went a lot slower due to discomfort; some archish type pain in L foot; that one is kind of a mess; Tylenol sinus and ibuprofen since yesterday for headache, so bearing that in mind with pain gauge.
Wednesday- Day 13- ran all 2 ¾miles; foot has been pretty sore today, including area near the arch; did not ice yesterday, but probably will today. Went slower and didn’t push at all in VFFs; Ibuprofen in pm for sinus headache yesterday, but no headache since waking; don’t know that I will add anything to the mileage tomorrow, but we’ll see how foot feels. Some R heel pain, but not prohibitive.
Thursday- Day 14- ran 3 in VFFs; foot a bit sore; took ibuprofen this morning for sore foot; didn’t ice yesterday but probably will today if pain persists; better with meds while running; still some arch pain???
Monday- Day 15- ran 3 in VFFs; foot relatively sore, ibuprofen overnight for sore outer ankles??? Cracked a single time while running, but need more relief; don’t think I’m going to add any distance this week in VFFs; having pain while stretching in supta virasana; much more L arch pain today; also noticed some soreness on the top of R foot over the weekend while wearing flip flops.
Tuesday- Day 16- 1mile in total VFFs; only ran 1/4; did not feel I could push through the intense pain in arch; R heel pretty sore, too; cannot get this foot to crack and so it’s pretty painful; iced a bit yesterday; I haven’t had this level of pain in quite a while, and I’m not eager to try to work through it- plan on taking it slower this week. Will try to do a mile tomorrow in VFFs and then walk the rest of the 5, depending on how my feet feel. Feeling *very* disappointed at this juncture. I am *extremely* tired of pain.
Thursday - Day 17- ran 3 in VFFs; foot somewhat sore so I went slower, cracked a single time while running, glad I took yesterday off even though I hadn’t planned on it; didn’t go as fast today and didn’t have as much pain. We’ll see how it stretches out; had to do my supta virasana with warm up.
Friday - Day 18- ran 3 in VFFs; foot not as sore as yesterday, but still uncomfortable; did not crack at all; pain was not bad today, but I was *so* hot even before running that I didn’t feel like I could push it and not have a heat stroke.
Tuesday - Day 19- ran 3 in VFFs; foot not feeling flexible this morning, some mid-level pain; didn’t push real hard; plan to add ¼ mile this week if all goes well; upper foot feeling sore at this point.
Tuesday- Day 20- ran 3 in VFFs, foot not real sore; did my stretching first; some low-level hip pain, more L than R; R heel/foot sore this morning; only ran one day last week because I was tired and needed to take a break.
Thursday- Day 21- ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; R heel pretty sore this am; R calf still feeling run on Tuesday; feeling the top of L foot a bit. Overall much better.
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