Okay. I’m a short distance gal. A sprinter. A high effort but not for very long kind of runner. I know it. My body knows it. My left big toe really knows it. Most of my training runs are either fast and under 5 miles or slow and on trails. So how did I get myself signed up for another paved surface half marathon?
Well, I did it. I signed up to run the 2009 Disney Half Marathon with Hal. In six weeks. OOOH boy.
Almost as if he knew of my plans, Rusty had us doing a worlout all on paved surfaces yesterday. Mountain and Gibralter. About 12 miles total, counting warm up and cool down.
I arrived at the workout. Worried. How would my stupid big toe handle this?
Warm up was a couple of miles up Gibralter, turn around, run back. So far so good.
Then the tempo part: 4 miles up Mountain. Two miles into this, my left big toe went numb. I felt my gait shift. I slowed slightly. (Tried not to, but it’s hard to run fast when you’re worried!) Then my arch went numb. By the 3 mile mark, the entire front half of my foot was numb and felt limp. I finished.
During the break up top, the foot woke up. The big toe started to complain. Shut up, toe!
We trotted the 4 miles back to our cars. That would have been really difficult for me on my own. Thanks to my stupid toe. But Maggie and Jana kept me company – and the distance went by.
Drove home and babied my toe for the rest of the day.
Woke early this morning – and I think I got away with it! Disney Half – here I come! (ready or not?)
Addendum: Later same day, after walking dogs, shopping, etc.: Big toe is now swollen, red, and touchy. Walking hurts. Darn it! Hope to be back to running in a couple of days, if I’m lucky . .stupid toe!