Oh Yeah, that 10 miler.

So, as silly as this may sound to the veteran runners, I have been putting off running 10 miles for awhile. I was comfortable with the usual 8. 8 was cool. Not too long, not too short. Plus, in Chinese culture, the number 8 is guarded as a lucky number, yes? So, let's all roll with 8.

But, I knew since my Nike Women's 1/2 was fast approaching (Hello T Minus 27 days!) I finally got over my lame excuses and put in a 10 mile last week. I ain't gonna lie. It was grueling and made me question, why again do I enjoy running? Left at 0715 and came back at 0943--WTF? Was I glad to see my precious green front door? Yes. Was I glad to see my puppy dog greet me with so much excitedness? Hell Yeah. I was celebrating with her my return home.

Later that day, however, my feet were killing me. I could barely walk. Decided to soak them in some Epsom salt. But, that really didn't help. I had work the next day and oh, Lord, I had the ER and it didn't help that we were busy like crazy! So, I did what any normal person would do, I called in sick the following day. I know, lame, right? But, I just wanted to rest my feet. They were on fire. What the hell did I just do to myself?

I'm better now. But, I dread my long runs now for fear that my feet are going to react the way it did on my first 10 miler.


joyRuN said...

Congrats on the 10 miler! It gets easier - don't worry :) Your feet & legs get used to the distance, along with your lungs.

Anonymous said...

I think icing first thing when you get home from your run really helps with the pain. Have you been rolling your feet on tennis balls? That might help with that 'on fire' feeling'.

Jesse said...

Congrats on the 10 miles! It is a milestone to be proud of. 10 miles is 9.75 miles farther than most of the population can run. It does get easier with time too. It just takes time to adjust.

I agree with the previous commenter, that you should ice them as soon as you get home. It does make a difference.

Run2NY said...

Wow - congrats on the 10 miler. I have my first 10 miler this weekend, only two weeks before my first race and I happen to be suffering the same symptoms as you. Having gone through this before - icing after a run is the best thing, and I will also try the tennis ball thing mentioned above (thanks).

A bit of rest and you will be fine to get back out that door!!

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