There’s an evil marshmallow poking me between the 2nd and 3rd toes on my right foot. Only it doesn’t emerge from my sweaty sock until after I’ve been out walking or running for at least 20 minutes. So I keep thinking, oh, today I feel so much better, I’m fine, no problem.
Then when I’m 20 minutes away from home or my car…evil. Marshmallow.
By minute 40 the entire ball of my foot is a throbbing Stay-Puft. Or feels that way, anyway. When you look, there is no actual swelling, and according to my x-ray results, I don’t have a stress fracture or a neuroma (given all I learned from Dr. Internet, I suspected neuroma).
But it’s been nearly a month since the initial injury and I’m starting to get brave enough to try out my new Superfeet insoles and go on the treadmill. That way I can simply push the Off button if I start hurting. So here is my official documentation for the Worldwide WordPress 5K. (Move your mouse or pointer over each photo to see the caption.)
The x-ray didn’t offer many answers about my specific problem but I did learn that I have an accessory navicular bone, which is an anatomical quirk more common in flat footed people (like me) than in those who have arches.
An accessory! Inside each foot! I’m as proud as a Sneetch with a star on my belly. But seriously, I am going to find a physical therapist now who can help me figure out the right running mechanics so I can eventually run healthy.
In the meantime, a happy consequence of my not being able to run is that I am getting back to the gym more often to swim, lift weights, use the rower and bike. Whatever I can do to get that heart-pumping, refreshed, mommy’s-going-to-be-nice feeling while I am resting my foot accessories. And this means I am talking to people more often. Human interaction is good. I spend too much time at home.
Another happy consequence is that I am focusing more on encouraging my children to enjoy fitness and to go to events where they can see people of all ages having a good time running. I want them to have a vision of life long health, and know that running around doesn’t have to stop when you finish school.
So on September 29, Worldwide WordPress 5K day, I took my kids to Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland, CA. We got to watch Robin’s teacher run a 5K, and later, both kids participated in a half mile race.
With the kids’ $15 race entry fees all three of us had access to the entire park. Bishop’s has a good mix of free and pay-to-play activities. Free entertainment includes the tire playground, farm animal petting zoo, and a barn with hidey holes and secret passages, a pit of dry corn kernels to play in, and a twisty slide for quick egress.
The We’ll Take All Your Money And Then Some options include a train, maize maze, sunflower labyrinth, food concessions, gold and gem panning, zip line, turbo jump, and God bless me, pony rides.
And here are my little finishers.