I am happy to report that my 2016 is off to a great start. I am sure you remember me bitching about my foot and the pain I was in. Well have you ever had one of those moments where you just want to slap yourself in the face? Let me explain this one, so Monday I felt a little bit of pain but felt that it wasn't painful enough to keep me away from running. I went to the gym and jumped on the treadmill and set the speed for a 9:30 per mile pace. The run was hard but I managed to get through the 5 miles. On Tuesday I woke up and headed back to the gym and once again used the treadmill. The pain was the same as it was the day before, but I pushed through and got another 4 miles in.
On Wednesday when I woke up the pain was back at full force and I was having trouble walking. I passed on the gym and was starting to get really frustrated, then I started to do some thinking. My gout pills were not working. Cherry juice, which is the number one home remedy was not working. Days that I wore my running shoes all day the pain seemed to be a lot better. After thinking about all of these things I came up with the question, maybe it wasn't gout and actually it was from wearing my work boots everyday. See as winter comes I tend to wear boots not only to work but I will put a different pair on when I get home and go out.
On Thursday, new years eve I had a half day of work and instead of wearing boots decided to put on an older pair of running shoes that were still in great shape. As the day went on the pain was getting better. I didn't do any running that day but I did do some cross training, just some light circuit training and some burpees. Since Thursday was new years eve I knew the big test on if I had gout would be how my body handled alcohol. Alcohol is the one thing you want to stay away from if you have a gout flare up.
Friday when I woke up the pain was no worse than the day before, and that is when it finally hit me that it wasn't gout this whole time. I really wanted to run but thought maybe if I hold off for one more day and continue to wear nothing but running shoes the pain would be gone completely. I did do some burpees though just to make keep my mind from thinking I am missing out on too much training.
Saturday the pain was just about gone and I finally was able to get back to my normal speeds on the treadmill. I started with a 9 minute mile and dropped down to an 8 over the 5 mile run. I still have a cough that just wont go away so my breathing was giving me problems, but overall I thought I did really good. After going to the gym I went out and bought a new pair of running shoes. These shoes will not be used to run in but they will are all white and look good with jeans and will take the place of wearing my good boots when I go out. I also plan on wearing my running shoes to work a few days a week. I will still wear my boots just not as much. I am so relieved to know that I can get back to hardcore training.
How did your new years go?
How did your new years go?