Monday: A very easy 4. The wind was blowing 21 mph sustained from the NNW, but my running partner and I decided it would be fun to run straight into a wall of wind. Yes, we have lost our minds.
Tuesday: Off for parenting class. We are taking Love and Logic classes again and thoroughly love them, no pun intended.
Wednesday: A very easy 5. I think i am starting to see a product of the weight coming back off. I am down 6 lbs and back to my easy pace pre Chicago. Glad to see those numbers again, was slightly concerned that running a marathon had made me a slower runner. That is okay except that I was already a slow runner to begin with :)
Friday: Another easy 5. Headed out with Deuce for this one. He was pretty over joyed to go. He is turning out to be a very nice running dog now. We met a black and white kitty but lucky for us, he was on his way somewhere and wasn't bothered by our presence.
Saturday: Runner's Expo in KC and a day with Mel. The expo was pretty small, so we were done pretty quickly (I got several t shirts, like I need more:). We headed out for brunch, and then stopped at the local running store. Got into a very long discussion with their resident PT student about what is going on with my foot. After doing a few tests, his conclusion was Morton's Neuroma, based on the fact that i could not take ANY compression on my foot. He fitted me for some orthotics that had a pad to help spread out the meta tarsals. The orthotics should also help with my over pronation. I am kind of skeptical, but I am willing to try ANYTHING at this point, so I can keep running and not have pain all day. I am to wear my orthotics for a few hours a day at work to break them in for a few weeks, before attempting to run in them. The PT student also put a metatarsal pad in the insoles of my normal running shoes to help when I run for now. I so hope that he is right and that this fixes it. He did say that I should continue the icing and advil, so I shall. I try and do an ice bath after every run, and I take advil in the morning ONLY (i want to be able to feel pain during my run if it is there).
Sunday: Long run 8-10 depending on how my foot felt. Had no pain at all during the run or even before the run, so went for 10. It was a perfect day again, little to no wind, cold temps but sun. I ran without the meta tarsal pad since I don't have pain when I run, but I put the insert in with it as soon as i was done. I came up with this idea to make a pic with Mel and I with our arms being the heart and then Stella jumping through. Here are a few of our outtakes. We decided to be happy with her just sitting behind our heart:) Here are the outtakes!