1. My foot is currently suffering from a bad case of metatarsalgia*
*metatarsalgia being a stupidly long word for sore foot disease. If you want to get technical about it, metatarsalgia is “a common overuse injury described as pain in the forefoot that is associated with increased stress over the metatarsal head region.” So basically, I have a wonky foot and I can’t run until it decides it’s not wonky anymore.
2. While metatarsalgia is quite painful, it does not affect other extremities like hands and fingers. So while I definitely CANNOT run, there is no physical handicap that is preventing me from typing. Loyal readers (Hi, Mom!) who know this have been quick to point out that there’s no excuse for my strange lack of blogging.
3. I had hoped that the foot (no longer referred to as MY foot because I want nothing to do with an extremity that exhibits such foolish behavior) would resolve itself rather quickly.I couldn’t run and somehow I was having a very difficult time blogging. This blog is about running. If I wasn’t running I figured what was there to say? Loyal readers (again, Hi Mom!) have said that’s a silly reason to sidestep blogging. In fact she said, other readers might be interested in how a dedicated runner might approach a somewhat serious setback such as this. (Mom, you are so smart).
So that brings us up to speed. I am still unable to run. The prognosis is that the foot, and its silly behavior, should resolve itself given enough time and RICE. Until then, no running. Obviously. (= so frustrating)
However, I have been given medical clearance to ride my bike until my thundering heart feels like it will break through my ribcage and my legs quiver in a pool of thick lactic acid. And that is just what I’m doing.
So while the foot repairs itself, please enjoy the (hopefully) very brief change in themes. Instead of running, I’ll be riding. Instead of waxing poetic about my latest trail run, I’ll review my latest road ride (of which there are many). We’ll see how it goes.