I love running in a new place. With new scenery to scope out, I often forget I’m running, and I can usually go for miles.
So while visiting Link, I was excited to run through downtown Columbus. I took off towards a park not far from the hotel. After a mile, I knew something wasn’t right with my Map My Run app. She claims I ran that first mile in 7 minutes flat. And my subsequent miles were much faster than normal too, including a 6 minute mile at one point. I know I run faster when others are around, but that fast? Really?
When I got back to the hotel I realized how.
My app presumed I was zig-zagging down the sidewalks. And I’m talking HUGE zig zags.
According to its calculations I was finishing a mile long before I REALLY finished a mile. So who knows how far I actually ran that day.
The next day I ran extra laps *yawn* around the park since the GPS seemed to work better there. I like the views of the city, but I also like knowing how far I’ve gone.
As I neared the end of my run, I saw quite a gathering of bright shirts up the street. Seems a 5K was about to start. In my usual manner, I picked up my speed, finishing strong, making it seem as if my 7 mile run was just a walk in the park.
Whether it was my ego-filled run to the finish line, or whether it was my new shoes which seem a tad too tight, whatever it was, I have not run since.
My foot ached all the way back to Illinois that day, making driving quite unbearable. Standing on my foot at work the next day didn’t help matters. The ball of my foot was swollen, and I couldn’t put any pressure on it or my toes.
The swelling has since gone down, but the ache in my foot remains. Web MD has diagnosed me with one of two conditions. Metatarstalgia or Morton’s neuroma. Both are caused by repetitive pressure on the ball of the foot (ie, running) or by shoes with a narrow toe box.
Now I love my new shoes, but they DO have a narrow toe box, and when I first tried them on they felt tight. I realized I’d forgotten to order a 1/2 size up since Brooks tends to run small. But they weren’t that bad, so I ran with ’em.
Then this happened. Luckily, Brooks has a 30 day guarantee – worn or not – and they’re sending me a 1/2 size bigger. But I’m nervous. What if they’re still not wide enough? Will they let me exchange for the Ghost 7s, their widest shoe? And will I like those as much?
Only time will tell. Until then, I’m trying to stay off it as much as possible. My elliptical and bike have been my new best friends. And I’m trying very hard not to be sad about missing THE. BEST. temperatures for running that I’ve ever seen in mid July. 50s and 60s in the early morning? I wanna run!
But I’ll get over it.
I always do.