Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I am less than 2 weeks away from my last long run of the year, the Road 2 Hope marathon in Hamilton, Ontario. I have been looking forward to the marathon as it seems to be run in part over a 30K course that I always wanted to run but never could for one reason or another. Right now, I am wondering if there is a curse on me to keep me from running any races in Hamilton.
This is because last Sunday, my capsulitis flared up. What is capsulitis? Ligaments surrounding the joint at the base of the toes form a “capsule,” which helps the joint to function properly. Capsulitis is a condition in which these ligaments have become inflamed.
Rest, ice, orthotics, perhaps drugs to quell the inflammation are the usual remedies.
My problem is that my feet are not properly designed and three metatarsal heads are too close and all in a straight line rather than curved with good separation. I learned this after a brief flareup after a Columbus Marathon in the 80's. One shot of cortisone and I walked out of the doctor's office pain free. Until this Spring. And I haven't been pain free since. Orthotics reduced the pain to a tolerable level. Until this past Sunday. For some reason an easy 14.5 mile bike ride Saturday afternoon seems to have set it off after an easy 13 mile run Saturday morning did not.
Icing has helped and I'm taking 3 days off running. Still plan to do the marathon and then maybe a Thanksgiving Day 5 mile run (which will get me 3 free months membership at a Y across the street from my office). And then I might try a different podiatrist and take December off from running, or as much of December as needed to get rid of the pain.