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Wow!  That was fast! 200 posts already?

😆  I’m good, but not that good.  😆

Remember me saying I would update every 100 miles or so?  Well, I’m at 200.  (Ok, not really- I’m actually at 211 today)  That’s 200 miles in my Vibram FiveFingers Bikilas. In the last week, I’ve added another mile to my sort-of-but-not-really-daily run and I’ve had no additional problems.

Since the nights are getting colder, and there has been a subtle shift in the weather, I’ve noticed an increase in overall hip discomfort, but so far, it’s not nearly as bad as it has been in the past. Most of the time I can sleep without it waking me up, so that is good. Because my strike pattern has settled, I am pretty sure this has been helping the hip(s).

The thing I have noticed is with regard to foot pain. Since I’m not working any more, I’ve spent the vast majority of the time barefoot. Interestingly enough, the days I wear shoes (and I’m still following the “wear heels” advice from my podiatrist for the plantar fasciitis when I’m out doing stuff) are now the days I have pain. And when I’m in them, it is hard not to kick them off when I’m out and about.

When my Komodosport LSes get here tomorrow, I’ll make the switch to VFFs full-time (except maybe for church). Does this mean I have a shoe fetish?  Probably.  😆

When you spend that many years in that kind of debilitating pain and then you find relief, it makes you loathe to go back to the days of crawling in the afternoons evening. I used to never care about shoes; I could wear whatever. Then I was on the quest to find heels that wouldn’t kill me via foot pain or tripping and breaking my neck.

So there you have it. I’m totally, completely addicted to Vibram FiveFinger shoes.

Fortunately for you, I will not be giving updates on my every-day wearing of my funky shoes.  😆

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I’m Crazy


Tell ya somethin’ ya didn’t already know, right?  😆

While there are many reasons on any given day to illustrate this point, today it has to do with my thinking. As in, the stuff banging around in my head the few weeks.

Now that it’s getting cooler (in theory) and surely by the time November rolls around it should be cooler yet, I’m seriously thinking about entering a race.  I could start with a 2k, or even a 5k.  I checked the race schedule, and the only thing coming up is either a 20k, 10k or 2k.  Dearie me.

I’m thinking about the 10k.

I must be crazy, because the last time I did any competitive racing was when I was running cross-country in high school. And now I want to start back with a 10k? Yep. Ca-ra-zy.

Doing a marathon has *never* been on my bucket list. I might accidentally complete one (just not all at one time), but it’s not something I aspire to. I haven’t been feeling that good long enough to justify thinking about killing myself over something silly like a run.

I was really looking for a 5k, though. The more I got to thinking, the more I think that a 10k is not out of the realm of possibilities. I regularly run 5 miles. A 5k is 3.1 miles. That means a 10k (for all you math whizzes out there) is only 6.2 miles. I would have no problem doing that. Nope, not a problem in the least, especially since there is a month to really prepare.

Thing is, though, I need someone to train with- outside.   I know y’all are shocked. Given my limitations with the heat, and mostly where my health is concerned, I am a treadmill runner. Now that my pain seems to be mostly under control and because it’s getting cooler, I don’t think it would be an issue to get back outside and start training, but I need someone to train with (mostly, to have the ability to call 9-1-1 if need be). If I thought I could get her ready, I would do it with my oldest daughter.  I don’t think a month is enough time for her, though.

Do you know anyone?

I figure there are older old geezers out there on race day, and they all end up at the finish line alive- why not me?

Yep. Crazy. I’ll let you know if a return to sanity happens before race day.  😆

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Or maybe not. 

You, my bloggy friends, will have to help me out.  I’ve been warned not to believe everything I read on the internet, and y’all are my first line of defense.  (ok, I’ll admit, I’ve been poking around and at this point in my post, I can’t seem to find a real answer. You guys are my “phone-a-friend” lifeline.)

I have been nominated for an online award. {blush} I’m flattered.  Y’all can stop clapping and cheering now.  Really, you shouldn’t.  Your hands will get chafed. 🙂  Please, do stop now.  😀

I have been searching high and low, and I have deduced nada about this award.  Looky! I found something and linked it below!

Nope. Nothing. Oh wait, now I’ve found something else! 😆

To further complicate things, I have seen a variety of rules. Because you know I am a stickler for getting the rules, I am not sure I can go on unless I have a sanctioned, authoritative version of them. I mean, if I don’t know what the rules *actually* are, how do I know which ones to break?!

Because I am the inquisitive sort of person, the history of such things is important to me.  If I don’t know the history and origins, how can I be sure it’s compatible with my personal manifesto?

What other ventures/entities/life forces is this award affiliated with? Because, you know, I need to make sure who I’m endorsing defacto.  It would not bode well for the award to be partly sponsored by, I don’t know, peta (people for the ex-termination of arachnids- ya, no one said they could spell), for example.

While I am not personally keen on keeping arachnids, the only ill will I wish on them is to be eaten by my chickens. I certainly cannot endorse peta’s methods or ideology, nor can I, in clean conscience, be associated by any measure with it. Thus, it’s critically important to me to know who the award folks are in bed with, if anyone.

What are my responsibilities as a nominee?  What responsibilities would I have should I win? I’m already married, so getting unmarried for an award is not on the table.  I also have kids that I can’t give back, so we’re at an impasse there as well. I’d be open to some product sponsorship/promotion, but my liver has limits, if you know what I mean. 😉

But perhaps the most important question is: what do I get if I win? Will they give me a theme, perhaps, so that I can get with the program and stop being so “versatile”?  😆

Since I am not sure on these points, and because I’m only nominated at this point, I will have to rely on my recommending blogger, Living In Obscurity, for a general look at the rules.  Apparently, to receive this award, one must:

1) You must give credit (which I did above) to the person who nominated you. 

2) You must list 15 blogs you enjoy or follow most; link to them (which I’ve done below), and then tell them you have nominated them.

3) Ya gotta tell 7 things about yourself to accept the award.

Fortunately, I found this link here that led me to this link here which has helped me sort this out.  I am much relieved to not find an affiliation to peta, so I think I’m ok.  As far as I can tell, the award is the button/badge, which hopefully shows up on the side bar.

Without further ado (and in no particular order, so don’t be whiny if you’re not at the front of the line)…………………

  1. The Wandering Atavist
  2. Hobbling Around
  3. Mother Hen’s Nest
  4. You Monsters Are People
  5. Ever Evie
  6. Morning Wood
  7. I Think Divorce is Likely
  8. Growing Up Cate
  9. That Precarious Gait
  10. Mystery Coach
  11. 43 and Single- Heaven Help Me, I’ve Resorted to Internet Dating
  12. Red Gate Farm
  13. Chica Andaluza
  14. RaeDi at Hummingbird Hollow
  15. Better Hens and Gardens

7 things about myself you probably don’t want to know but I’m going to tell you anyhow:

  1. I was an adopted, breastfed baby (and since I’m older, that means something to some).
  2. I am not fluent in German.  Or in any other language- except maybe English, and some days, that’s debatable.
  3. I’m not a fan of heights, unless I’m strapped down, whereby my inclination to jump is thoroughly thwarted.  I’ve contemplated sky diving, but since I’m not on my last leg, I figured I’d wait until my mid 80s when I (hopefully) won’t be as concerned with the logic of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.
  4. Not that this is something you don’t already know, but man, I’m only on number 4 and running out of ideas, so I’m putting it in here anyhow: my favorite pet is a chicken.
  5. Running a marathon is not on my bucket list, but it might happen accidentally.  Just not all at one time.  😉
  6. I am slightly insane. It’s my lie, and I’m sticking to it. 😀 Don’t talk to my hunny or my kids, because I’m sure they will tell you that I’m wrong- they think I’m totally insane.
  7. I am an introvert. I’d rather be by myself (on a mountain somewhere) and reading a book than at a party; even if it had spectacular food.
  8. If we ever hit the lottery, we’re going to hire a chef and a masseuse/masseur (without the sex part).
  9. I like green eggs and ham. We got a green egg yesterday, although we don’t know yet who laid it since we were gone. Every day is like an Easter egg hunt here!
  10. If I could drive anything in the world, it would be a bigger truck than what I’m driving now. Big trucks are my way of compensating for being short.  It’s the only time I can see over anything, including 1/2 of my kids!
  11. I apparently can’t count since I’m already on number 11. 😆 Since I believe these are all fundamentally important facts, I can’t pick which ones I should delete, for fear of hurting feelings. I’ll leave it to you to whittle the list down on your own.

Whew!  I know you feel as exhilarated and excited as I do to have completed the requirements for award acceptance! Thank you for joining my journey of evolution, from ignorance to enlightenment and ultimately acceptance. 

Please do share in my delight as I accept and we view together the Award for The Versatile Blogger:

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You know I don’t usually do this.  Actually, I have never done this before (make a blog post out of something I saw on Facebook).  This one, though, was too funny to pass by.

If you’ve been reading along, you may have stumbled across my What A Pain! post, where I share my exercise history and love of yoga.  While I primarily run these days, I’m still doing about 30 minutes of yoga as part of my warm-up, cool-down and stretching regime.

Language alert for anyone concerned.  No idea if this is a real  Craigslist ad or not, but it’s funny, and apparently copyrighted by Craigslist Inc. Courtesty of the Bikram Hot Yoga Albuquerque page on Facebook……

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Yoga mat for sale. Used once – $1

Date: 2011-09-17, 8:41PM PDT

Reply to: sale-vuyvq-2604350472@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Yoga mat for sale. Used once at lunch hour class. Usage timeline as follows:

 

11:45a

Register for hot yoga class. Infinite wisdom tells me to commit to 5 class package and purchase a yoga mat. I pay $89.74. Money well spent, I smugly confirm to myself.

 

11:55a

Open door to yoga room. A gush of hot dry air rushes through and past me. It smells of breath, sweat and hot. Take spot on floor in back of room next to cute blonde. We will date.

 

11:57a

I feel the need to be as near to naked as possible. This is a problem because of the hot blonde to my left and our pending courtship. She will not be pleased to learn that I need to lose 30 pounds before I propose to her.

 

11:58a

The shirt and sweats have to come off. I throw caution to the wind and decide to rely on my wit and conditioning to overcome any weight issues my fiancée may take issue with. This will take a lot of wit and conditioning.

 

11:59a

Begin small talk with my bride to be. She pretends to ignore me but I know how she can be. I allow her to concentrate and stare straight ahead and continue to pretend that I don’t exist. As we finish sharing our special moment, I am suddenly aware of a sweat moustache that has formed below my nose. This must be from the all the whispering between us.

 

12:00p

Instructor enters the room and ascends her special podium at the front of the room. She is a slight, agitated Chinese woman. She introduces me to the class and everyone turns around to greet me just as I decide to aggressively adjust my penis and testes packed in my Under Armor. My bride is notably unfazed.

 

12:02p

Since I do have experience with Hot Yoga (4 sessions just 5 short years ago) I fully consider that I may be so outstanding and skilled that my instructor may call me out and ask me to guide the class. My wife will look on with a sparkle in her eye. We will make love after class.

 

12:10p

It is now up to 95 degrees in the room. We have been practicing deep breathing exercises for the last 8 minutes. This would not be a problem if we were all breathing actual, you know, oxygen. Instead, we are breathing each other’s body odor, expelled carbon dioxide and other unmentionables. (Don’t worry, I’ll mention them later.)

 

12:26p

It is now 100 degrees and I take notice of the humidity, which is hovering at about 90%. I feel the familiar adorning stare of my bride and decide to look back at her. She appears to be nauseated. I then realize that I forgot to brush my teeth prior to attending this class. We bond.

 

12:33p

It is now 110 degrees and 95% humidity. I am now balancing on one leg with the other leg crossed over the other. My arms are intertwined and I am squatting. The last time I was in this position was 44 years ago in the womb, but I’m in this for the long haul. My wife looks slightly weathered dripping sweat and her eyeliner is streaming down her face. Well, “for better or worse” is what we committed to so we press on.

 

12:40p

The overweight Hispanic man two spots over has sweat running down his legs. At least I think its sweat. He is holding every position and has not had a sip of water since we walked in. He is making me look bad and I hate him.

 

12:44p

I consider that if anyone in this room farted that we would all certainly perish.

 

12:52p

It is now 140 degrees and 100% humidity. I am covered from head to toe in sweat. There is not a square millimeter on my body that is not slippery and sweaty. I am so slimy that I feel like a sea lion or a maybe sea eel. Not even a bear trap could hold me. The sweat is stinging my eyeballs and I can no longer see.

 

12:55p

This room stinks of asparagus, cloves, tuna and tacos. There is no food in the room. I realize that this is an amalgamation of the body odors of 30 people in a 140 degree room for the last 55 minutes. Seriously, enough with the asparagus, ok?

 

1:01p

140 degrees and 130% humidity. Look, bitch, I need my space here so don’t get all pissy with me if I accidentally sprayed you with sweat as I flipped over. Seriously, is that where this relationship is going? Get over yourself. We need counseling and she needs to be medicated. Stat!

 

1:09p

150 degrees and cloudy. And hot. I can no longer move my limbs on my own. I have given up on attempting any of the commands this Chinese chick is yelling out at us. I will lay sedentary until the aid unit arrives. I will buy this building and then have it destroyed.

I lose consciousness.

 

1:15p

I have a headache and my wife is being a selfish bitch. I can’t really breathe. All I can think about is holding a cup worth of hot sand in my mouth. I cannot remember what an ice cube is and cannot remember what snow looks like. I consider that my only escape might be a crab walk across 15 bodies and then out of the room. I am paralyzed, and may never walk again so the whole crab walk thing is pretty much out.

 

1:17p

I cannot move at all and cannot reach my water. Is breathing voluntary or involuntary? If it’s voluntary, I am screwed. I stopped participating in the class 20 minutes ago. Hey, lady! I paid for this frickin class, ok?! You work for me! Stop yelling at everyone and just tell us a story or something. It’s like juice and cracker time, ok?

 

1:20p

It is now 165 degrees and moisture is dripping from the ceiling. The towel that I am laying on is no longer providing any wicking or drying properties. It is actually placing additional sweat on me as I touch it. My towel reeks. I cannot identify the smell but no way can it be from me. Did someone spray some stank on my towel or something?

 

1:30p

Torture session is over. I wish hateful things upon the instructor. She graciously allows us to stay and ‘cool down’ in the room. It is 175 degrees. Who cools down in 175 degrees? A Komodo Dragon? My wife has left the room. Probably to throw up.

 

1:34p

My opportunity to escape has arrived. I roll over to my stomach and press up to my knees. It is warmer as I rise up from ground level – probably by 15 degrees. So let’s conservatively say it’s 190. I muster my final energy and slowly rise. One foot in front of the other. One foot in front of the other. Towards the door. Towards the door.

 

1:37p

The temperature in the lobby is 72 degrees. Both nipples stiffen to diamond strength and my penis begins to retract into my abdomen from the 100 degree temp swing. I can once again breathe though so I am pleased. I spot my future ex wife in the lobby. We had such a good thing going but I know that no measure of counseling will be able to unravel the day’s turmoil and mental scaring.

 

1:47p

Arrive at Emerald City Smoothie and proceed to order a 32 oz beverage. 402 calories, 0 fat and 14 grams of protein — effectively negating any caloric burn or benefit from the last 90 minutes. I finish it in 3 minutes and spend the next 2 hours writing this memoir.

 

3:47p

Create Craigslist ad while burning final 2 grams of protein from Smoothie and before the “shakes” consume my body.

 

4:29p

Note to self – check car for missing wet yoga towel in am.

 

 

  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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I am now in my VFF Bikilas full-time. Total daily mileage (for the days I run) is 5 miles, but this week had me contemplating whether or not it’s time to start adding to my distance.  I was pushed for time this week, so I opted not to.  Next week, though, is another week, and I may accidentally increase my distance.

Total miles since getting VFFs: 202.5 

Total VFF miles: 138

Total days running in VFFs: 41

First day to run all in VFFs:  day 34 (I probably could have done this on day 33, but because I had 3/4 miles “left over,” I figured I could add just 1/4 mile that one day to even things out.)

First day running in VFFs: May 31, 2011  

First day running 100% in VFFs: August 26, 2011

FWIW.  😆

Summary: I will likely never own another kind of running shoe. EVER. My foot pain is not entirely gone; my Achille’s tendon in the one foot stays a wee little bit tight/sore, but as long as I make the point to stretch it frequently, it is not problematic or prohibitive.  In fact, the last several days, it has not bothered me at all while running.

Foot pain (plantar fasciitis) has not resolved.  It’s significantly better, though, and I think that’s encouraging.

Hip pain– I have days when it flares and is quite painful, or wakes me up when I’m sleeping.  Overall, though, this is also significantly better than even a few months ago.

Observations:

  • Now that I’m in my VFF Bikilas full-time, I only have a few “complaints.” On the inside arch of both feet, it seems the seam of the shoe is mildly irritating.  This doesn’t bother me at all when running, but I do some red marks of irritation.
  • I am very glad these are washable. I am planning on working on them this weekend and hoping I can get the sole back to 100% white.  I wish the inside of the shoe was another color.
  • Hunny still thinks they are really ugly.  I disagree. 😉

I am pretty sure that the next pair I’m going to get are going to be the Bikila LS (for Lace System), but am still researching.  Given that I only have 140 miles (give or take) on this pair,it will probably be a really long while.  I’d be replacing my other shoes soon. I will still update; but may do that in 100 mile intervals.

For those interested in a bit more detail, the log is below.

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Day 32 – ran 4.5 in VFFs, a little more soreness in L Achilles tendon; but not too bad overall; just really hot and tired today.

Day 33-  ran 4.75 in VFFs; things feel pretty good; some initial soreness until I warmed up.

Day 34- ran all 5 in VFFs; best time to date so things are finally feeling pretty good.

Day 35- ran all in VFFs; tired today and could not push through it

Day 36- ran/jogged all in VFFs; some strain in Achilles tendon when warming up; felt ok after 1/2 mile or so; quite tired today; allergies going

Day 37- ran all; Some initial soreness in Achilles, but fine once warmed up.

Day 38- ran all; felt R calf tightness a little; some initial tightness in L Achilles; did not push much today.

Day 39; – ran all; R calf tight; feet have been sore over the weekend; marginal tightness in L Achilles

Day 40; –ran all; got a late start and didn’t stretch a whole lot; wonder how that will go; things felt pretty good, but didn’t eat early enough

Day 41-ran all; legs/feet are pretty good today- all best times are this week, even though tired and not feeling like I can push much

Weekly totals:

VFF miles: 15

Total Miles: 15

Total VFF miles this record: 49.25

Total miles for this record: 50

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Took me long enough, eh? 😆  Last month was busy, which meant not much actual time for running.  I am a morning runner.  Come afternoon, I cannot promise I’ll be out of bed, unless, of course, I am working. So, I *have* to run in the morning when I am sure I have enough go-go juice to do it.

Summary 

Mileage for this record: 50 miles

VFF miles: 39.5

Total miles since getting VFFs: 152.5

Total VFF miles- 88.75

Total days running in shoes: 31

Pain summary:  As of this moment; right now; today, most of the tendon issues seemed to have resolved (knock on wood).  The hip pain has started to creep back in, so I am back to doing more exercises targeted to strengthen them. I have found doing the yoga stretches (that gave my L foot fits )*before* and after running has really been a very good thing. I have not had any additional extensor tendon pain.  

My chief complaint this record is as usual, the heat (rolling eyes), since overall, the foot pain has been tolerable. I’m still sick of pain, but am getting periods of reprieve, so that is encouraging.

Conclusion: Seriously- take it slow in adding mileage and make those resting days count.  One of the best things I’ve done, I think, is to add extra distance in VFFs the day before a rest day (the weekends, for me).  I also usually take Wednesday off as well, although I am pretty sure at this point, it’s not as much of a necessity as it used to be. I only add 1/2 a mile at a time, which I think is the most I would want to add (now that I have my head screwed on right :lol:).

The log is below.  Leave me your comments if you are interested!

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Day 22; Monday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; didn’t push; first day back after a week off

Day 23; Tuesday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; could not push; some L Achilles tendon soreness; cramping pain R heel; will do a lot of stretching today and tonight.

Day 24; Friday – ran 4 in VFFs, did a lot of stretching; glad I took 2 days off (company); R foot sore this am; very hot still, and feeling tired, so my pace was surprising today.

Day 25; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness; could feel R calf tighten, so will keep an eye on that; R foot continues to be pretty sore overall.

Day 26; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs, some Achilles tendon soreness and some top of foot soreness; could feel R calf tighten a little bit, not as sore as Tuesday, but still needed to take yesterday off due to extreme soreness.

Day 27; Monday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness along with sore R foot; R calf sort of tight; stitch in R side not feel real good; still wishing feet were not so sore, even when stretching.

Day 28; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; more Achilles tendon pain; R foot moderately sore; could feel the tightness in R calf; didn’t push a lot today and was surprised speed was the same as yesterday.

Day 29; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon pain but not too bad; feet feel better today overall; R calf not as tight.

Day 30; Friday –  added ½ mile in  VFFs; ran 4.5; not much Achilles tendon tenderness; can still feel it, but thought it would be ok to increase another 1/2 mile; R calf pretty normal except when stretching and then I can feel it.

Day 31; Monday – ran 4.5 in VFFs; things feel ok today, but pretty hot; didn’t want to try to push

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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.

Click to read why I am going down the path of wearing Hobbit Feet, aka Vibram Five Finger Bikilas. 

Summary

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.  😆

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MondayDay 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. 

TuesdayDay 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. 

WednesdayDay 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. 

ThursdayDay 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???

MondayDay 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.  

TuesdayDay 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.   

TuesdayDay 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 21ran 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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