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November 10, 2010

Answers for my Feet, among other things

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 13:53

On Tuesday night the podiatrist volunteer was in the clinic and I had him check out my feet.  If you recall at the very end of August I got another toe infection and my PCP suggested I see a podiatrist.  Well due to lack of time and money I didn’t.  So when the podiatrist showed up I jumped at the chance to see him as “the last patient” and get his input on my feet.

Thanks google images because while I do have pictures of my icky toes from hospitalizations past butttttt I'll spare you. And don't think I'm a creeper for taking them: I was TOLD to my the doctors so that I could have a visual to compare to see if they were getting better hahah.

The long and short of the “appointment” and his opinion was that I run in cotton socks which, duh, hold moisture and also cling to my feet causing micro-abrasions on the toes which then get infected because I’m not aware of them and thus do not bacitracin them.  Since I’ve really only had this problem since becoming a marathon runner he thinks that the more intense pounding is just a lot of my toe-sies.

Anyway the podiatrist’s suggestion was/is to buy polypropylene socks to wear.  Especially during the hard workouts / during the marathon itself.  He did remove two toenails that were icky.  Nothing wrong with them but they were hurting me and he didn’t want them to cause me pain.  An angel I tell you!

He was AMAZINGLY nice and told me to call him if I ever had any questions or if the socks didn’t do anything.  Like for free. God’s gift to the Earth? For real.

Since he didn’t say anything about not running (In fact when he told me I could call him whenever he said that he had lots of runners in his practice so he knew how to keep us on out there!) I felt good going out for my recovery run from the tempo I did yesterday. Which I’m still smiling from all the nice comments from you guys.  Again, I know that the workout was good and something to draw from.  But, like the mile repeats over the weekend, it wasn’t how I envisioned the workout going.  I felt slightly like a loose cannon during the later part.  Not cool calm collect and in control like I wanted.

Thanks again google images. And a physics connection too! My lucky day

Anyway….back to today.  Ever since the time change over the weekend I’ve been sleeping sooooooo much.  I honestly don’t know what’s up with that.  On one hand I know I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth butttt I never sleep as much as I have been the past few days.  Partly it’s because T/W/R this week are clinic so I don’t have to get up at 0500 but still: I’ve been falling asleep immediately and waking up to my alarm.  Plus we’re talking about ~9 hours a night. Sheesh.  Time change affecting me much? Normally I only get affected in the Spring when we spring forward!

I’m sure the extra sleep is aiding in my training, and running in general. Or at least making me focused to do what needs to be done.  AKA a nice “chilly” recovery run for me this morning. I think it only felt cold because it was cloudy and overcast and a bit misty as well as WINDY. I ran across a bridge / the canal and I honestly thought I was going to get blown into traffic.  No bueno.  But overall I got a solid run in.  It felt faster than it actually was but it was within the range I am for on recovery runs.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but since I wasn’t pushing the pace or out of breath I’m going to take it as a good thing.

Doubly so because my tempo yesterday was fast and my legs were tight all yesterday at work.  But no soreness in my legs this morning? I’ll take that thank you very much.  I could do without the arm soreness from those pushups from yesterday.  Whoops to not doing strength in forever.

It was also a creepy run when I was running along the river trail.  The leaves have pretty much disappeared from the trees and the dreary weather made it look like the environment was stripped of color.  Pretty freaking creepy indeed.  I actually got a little paranoid running too which *rarely* happens, especially in an area I’ve run so much and know so well.


Google Image #3 today

But all in all I’ve been very pleased with all my runs in this “cycle”. I can’t believe that the race is soooo soon AND it’s almost time for taper.  Weird.  But that’s what you get when you sign up and decide to run a marathon with 5 weeks to go!  In many ways I think that I’ve been so pleased because (and I don’t know if I’ve written it hear or just talked about it with a few of you via email and whatnot) I haven’t had the ~11 weeks of mental (as well as physical) beatings that I can give myself over a long training cycle and end up feeling burnt out.  I’ll likely feel slightly underprepared when stepping up to the starting line but not injured or hurt.  *knockonwood*

I have a hills (or tempo interval) workout tmrw because I’m doing what could quite possibly be my last 20 (and likely should be) this weekend with a friend.  Crazy.  Then it’s T-3 weeks.  Next week I expect to be intense but slightly cut back in terms of miles then a steep 2 week taper.



  1. Oh man, T-3 weeks until White Rock? When did this happen!?

    Again, awesome news about your feet. Hopefully it’s as simple as it sounds.

    Comment by Jess — November 10, 2010 @ 14:04

    • You and me both! Fingers crossed. And aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah T-3 weeks. I don’t feel ready. At all.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:40

  2. you may be a numbers nerd, but i cant tell you how happy it made me to read a blog entry about feet ! and even more so a good time with a podiatrist ( i like to think we are all awesome! and it confirms my decisions to go into this field lol!) yaya

    Comment by larissa h — November 10, 2010 @ 14:13

    • also i have a feeling this short formal training will do you well since it doesnt really give you the chance to overdo it.

      Comment by larissa h — November 10, 2010 @ 14:16

    • I definitely heart this guy! And I think this abbreviated cycle will be good for me too 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:40

  3. Yeah, ditch those cotton socks. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — November 10, 2010 @ 14:15

  4. You wear cotton socks?!??! Oh goodness, don’t do that! I wear Balega’s and love them –

    … and was this podiatrist cute? Sounds like he likes you 😉

    Comment by Kim — November 10, 2010 @ 14:21

    • Bahahah he was middle aged and married! More like a cool uncle type

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:41

  5. SO COOL that you got a visit with the podiatrist! (re: “Microabrasions on the toes that you don’t notice” — funny that you mentioned this because lately I keep taking my socks off after a run and they’re all gross and bloody, but nothing hurts and I can’t even find the source of the blood… Nasty. Oh, running.)

    I think it’s awesome that you’re running White Rock on a more abbreviated training cycle than you’re used to — less time to fatigue yourself, like you said. The whole thing is just like some fun experiment!

    Comment by sweatykid — November 10, 2010 @ 14:25

    • Experiment = my life hahah. I think it’s cool too although way scaryyyy

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:41

  6. LOL you are wearing cotton socks? Seriously?

    Comment by Matt — November 10, 2010 @ 14:42

  7. Gah! I just emailed Mon about how weird it was that I had no issues going to bed early and sleeping all the way to my alarm. I thought it was my funk, but she suggest DSL, too.

    And I have two kinds of socks- ones I wear for my longer workouts and ones I wear for my shorter ones… I should probably just ditch the short workout ones all together… but I’m too stingy. :p

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — November 10, 2010 @ 14:54

    • That’s probably the system I’ll end up using because I’m way too cheap to totally go for the newer ones all the way.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:42

  8. I had to ditch the cotton socks, too – at least for the longer runs. I can still wear them for the short ones (<5 miles). Good luck with your feet – and definitely find some good socks!

    Comment by Terri — November 10, 2010 @ 15:06

  9. I wear cotton socks sometimes. Not gigantic tube socks, but if I’m in a pinch, I’ll wear some cotton blend. It’s not the end of the world for me, as I don’t end up in the ER. All these synthetic sock snobs need to stop hatin’! But for real, I’m glad you got that checked out. Take care of the tootsies.

    Comment by sarah — November 10, 2010 @ 15:07

    • I think the cotton sock haters should stop hating too! I likely won’t ditch the cotton totally, just use them for the easy and recovery days. I’m too cheap to not do that hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 10, 2010 @ 22:43

  10. Glad you got to see a podiatrist, hope the new socks help!

    Comment by Laura — November 10, 2010 @ 18:25

  11. wow…i knew that cotton was not the best and could cause blisters…but micro abrasions? sounds serious and painful. good that you got it checked out.

    Comment by the dawn — November 10, 2010 @ 21:59

  12. Good news about the toes! I love having doctors that understand your running need/obsession, it makes things so much easier : )

    Comment by BostonRunner — November 10, 2010 @ 22:18

  13. I am so glad you got the problem figured out!! Your body probably needs more sleep…you are hard core and it needs extra rest:) Great job on a solid run! And about the feet….I am proud that my feet look absolutely disgusting….it just means I am a runner:) I loved the caption you had under the image!
    Classic song it is definitely game time!
    I really can’t wait to hear how it goes!!!

    Comment by janae — November 10, 2010 @ 22:25

  14. Cotton socks????? Girl, I had no idea. Why didn’t any of us think of that? It seems so simple. I haven’t run in cotton socks in years. I bet this new change will work wonders for the tootsies. My favorite brand is Wright Socks. They are expensive, but last forever, so worth the cost. 🙂

    Comment by Rebecca — November 11, 2010 @ 07:27

  15. WAHHHOOOOOO….I’m so excited! 1-more 20-mi sounds delightful! hehe this weekend will be a blast. Seriously though I think this shorter “training” schedule has been the key factor in me not talking myself out of running the marathon!
    Did your poditrist say anything about blisters? because I’ve got them BAD!…I have no idea why because I had about 10-blisters right before my half and they calloused…hmmm.
    I’m going to email you right now because I don’t want this comment to be super long! (ahaha I’m the weirdest commentor EVER!)

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — November 11, 2010 @ 12:48

  16. I was running next to a cornfield tonight and it was so creepy! This time of year when everything is drying out really is the scariest to run in the dark! Glad you got your feet checked out! I still run in cotton socks and don’t really get blisters. Maybe I should switch too but those socks are EXPENSIVE!

    Comment by J — November 11, 2010 @ 18:57

    • I KNOW! I think I’m only going to buy a couple pair (read: two) and use them for hard runs and then use the cotton ones for my easy days.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 11, 2010 @ 22:21

  17. so you had some toenails removed and still run like crazy… mkay. haha. i don’t think it’s weird that you photographed your toes, but i would probably have been grossed out by looking at them. i had an ingrown toenail once and i took pics of it before/after surg – not gory when it’s your own somehow. that’s kinda weird about your picky toes. i often run in cotton socks too although i do have more “real” pairs (asics, ua, powersox brands) now. they still look like cotton to me but i have to assume they aren’t, i have no idea. anyway, it’s weird how our bodies react differently – ie your toes and cotton socks vs other people and cotton socks have no trouble. then there’s me who often gets dizzy after any sort of hard run for no reason… just crazy to me, the differences.

    Comment by lindsay — November 11, 2010 @ 19:57

    • Me too! Especially since I’ve never had problems with cotton socks before starting marathon training. Weird indeed. And I get dizzy sometimes just sitting down so we can be weird together in that regard 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — November 11, 2010 @ 22:22

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