7.0 Miles and Metatarsalgia – RunLog 5-3-18

Still a bit muggy and warm, but damn it still felt pretty good to run in warmth!!!

Oh well, I have been messing around with the Zealot’s to get them to not warm-up my forefeet quite so much. So I changed out the insole to a thicker one and while it made things a bit more snug in the toe box, it didn’t feel too bad.

So I started out pretty slowly to see how thing were going to feel. No issues through a couple of miles, so I decided to do the 7.0 mile Colby Loop – not too smart as it turned out.

Once I got past Colby and headed up the hill towards McDonalds, my feet started to bother, not too bad, but enough that I was not comfortable. When I got to Washington St. I picked up the pace a bit and did well until I got back on First Rangeway. Unfortunately, at that point the bottom of my feet were REALLY bothering me. I gave up trying to push the pace and went into get this damn run over with mode.

Although as I was finishing I had to pass a street sweeper and it was stirring up something from the ground and got an instant headache and queasy as I passed it. Not fun, but not really anything serious. Luckily I only had a short distance left to finish and when I got to 7.0 miles, I stopped and walked the rest of the way back to Planet Fitness.

Sure as hell not the run I expected when I got to that first mile, but every run is different and brings its own challenges. Today’s was getting through the foot discomfort and then surviving passing the street sweeper – I made it, so it wasn’t a bad run, just not the one I wanted.

Now this pain/discomfort on the bottom of my feet is not a new thing, it is something that I have dealt with as a part of my running for many, many years. Usually between 5 and 8 miles the bottoms of my feet feel like they are on fire and it gets pretty damned uncomfortable to run. When they do not, I count myself as fortunate and have one of my better runs.

After Duck Duck Going it (not Google), this afternoon. It seems that I have probably battled something that actually has a name and isn”t just a figment of my deranged mind and/or body.

Metatarsalgia (met-uh-tahr-SAL-juh) is a condition in which the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed. You might develop it if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose. Copied from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metatarsalgia/symptoms-causes/syc-20354790

Yes, I was dealing with this even before I got the Zealot 3’s, but they do seem to exacerbate the fun a bit earlier in a run than I am used to. After doing a bunch of reading, which gave me some thoughts on how to deal with this wonderful malady. My new shoes are fine, but I was going in the opposite direction when I put thicker insoles in this morning and should have been making sure that I had plenty of room in the toe box.

So I changed out the insoles gain and put in a set of old Pearl Izumi insoles – ones that I have used quite well before. Then I got rid of the stock Saucony laces, which I have not liked all that much since they moved to this style of laces. I almost always seem to cinch them too much and that might be more of an issue with lacing system on the Zealots, which is not helping with what I now think is probably metatarsalgia. I prefer a semi-rounded, not too stretchy set of laces anyways, especially if I am not using LockLaces.

Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I really think that this is one of those things that has limited my running over the years, but I never really thought about whether it was normal or not, because I had experienced this for so many years. However, at least I have a name and things I can do that will help alleviate some of the issues that have plagued me for so long.

It is surprising what so many of us runners are willing to put up with as “our normal” and just go out and keep running, without realizing that what we are experiencing is not always “normal”.

I learned a lot today and hopefully, it will help me with my running going forward. I still think that the Zealot’s are going to be a good running shoe for me, but I gotta get this forefoot pain taken care of, now that I know it just ain’t normal.

3 thoughts on “7.0 Miles and Metatarsalgia – RunLog 5-3-18

  1. Wow… I think I am the opposite… The moment something does not feel normal I freak out, research a lot, and feet the worst. Glad you could find a possible explanation!

    1. I think that I have run with this issue for so many years that it was simply part of my normal until it wasn’t. Back in the 80’s while sitting around a table eating pizza and beer with about 10 other runners after a tough workout, we got to talking about how our feet felt during workouts. We all seemed to complain about burning sensations in our forefoot and the consensus was that as long as it went away shortly after the run was over, it was nothing serious and just part of the deal. So that is the perspective I kept on it all these years – until yesterday. Just something to think about, do a few more exercises and keep getting wider toe box running shoes. Intuitively I guess that I knew some of the “need to do” things, but now I have the reason for them. 🙂

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