I found a wonderful physical therapist to treat my foot pain based on a recommendation of a coach at Asphalt Green. I've gone to see Danielle at Finish Line Physical Therapy. The diagnosis? Tight calves. Sound familiar? It might because this was the same issue that was causing pain for Jon. My pain started in a different spot so I figured it was different but it turns out that tight calves can cause all sorts of pain in the feet. I found this website that really explains how tight calves can cause foot pain.
After serious massage and stretching on Monday my feet were feeling better and Danielle suggested I try running a few miles. Well, two days later I ran 2.5 miles. The first 2 were excellent but then the pain returned, although in a new spot. Now it was the left side of my foot that was hurting, a lot. I stopped and walked a bit and then jogged the rest of the way home. Today I went back to see Danielle and she did a lot more deep massage, put on some physio tape on my left calf and side of my left foot, and wrapped my footin ice. She told me that the pain on the side of the foot is likely from a messed up gait due to the tight calves. Apparently it is causing me to almost run on the side of the foot. No wonder it hurts?!
I'm going to go for a short test run tomorrow, 1-2 miles, and then then my last triathlon of the season, the Jarden Westchester Triathlon on Sunday. I'm still holding out hope for the Philadelphia Marathon and Danille thinks it is still a serious possiblity but I know I'm just going to have to take this one day at a time.
Interested in the NYC Marathon?
A representative from the Fresh Air Fund contacted me and requested I spread the word about this opportunity.
The Fresh Air Fund is still looking for runners and sponsors to join their Fresh Air Fund-Racers team for the NYC Marathon on on November 7th. They have until September 30th to register racers, so they need to fill the spots quickly. If are going through some off-season withdrawals and looking for another challange this is a chance to participate in NYC's premier race while helping Fresh Air Fund children.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. Visit the Fresh Air Fund website for more information on participating in the NYC marathon.