Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Feet, Rest, Podiatrist
Wouldn't it be nice if we could just tell our body to be fast certain days or tell our 3rd metatarsal to just stop hurting and it would listen? Maybe the reality is that if we listened to our bodies, they would listen back. I am heading to the podiatrist today. First time I've ever been to a foot doctor. I love my feet (Don't worry, I don't have some fetish. I just think feet are cool. Thus, one of my drawings up top.), seriously grateful for the years of dancing I put them through and of course now all the running miles I put on them. My 3rd metatarsal is a bit unhappy. Last Wednesday, I hopped out of bed surprised by the pain. It appeared out of nowhere and of course, I continued to run. Ok I took Saturday off and I've been running less miles, but really I should just rest. Common sense (especially when you develop the gangster limp), but yet so difficult. I think about my yoga practice. Every day that I practice my body is different. Some days I am more flexible, some more energetic. While doing yoga, I pay attention to what my body says and I listen. And, that is what I teach to others as well. But, for some reason it is harder to do that with running. Before I started running ultras, I literally ran every day. I am sure that within a years time, I would only miss one or two days because of illness, travel, etc. It is like brushing my teeth, I get up every day and just do it. I am a complete addict. As much as I know that rest is good and listening to my body is important, it is fucking hard to do when it comes to running. I tend to just want to push through things and hope that they'll disappear. Not going to ignore my poor metatarsal, it is trying to tell me something. Wish me luck at the podiatrist.