Friday Five: Running with a Neuroma

It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Topic today is about my Neuroma.

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If you’ve been reading blog, you are aware since November 20 and until recently, I’ve been suffering with foot pain….diagnosed as a possible Neuroma.

Being a stubborn runner, I did run.

Here are some of the things that I’ve learned that may help you if you ever suffer from one (and I hope you never do.):

1.Rest and Anti-Inflammatory Medications – The onset of a Neuroma is usually gradual. In some cases (like mine), a Neuroma can occur suddenly. In these cases, taking a few days (or weeks) to rest and allow your body to heal could be beneficial. Similar to rest, a short course of anti-inflammatory medication (over the counter or prescribed) can also allow your foot to heal, if the onset of the Neuroma symptoms is relatively sudden.

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2.Injections- Cortisone is basically an anti-inflammatory. When injected in the area of the Neuroma, it can reduce the swelling in the nerve and help it to heal. Other types of injections also exist: a dilute alcohol solution is sometimes used to chemically deaden the nerve. Vitamin B12 can also be used.

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3.Physical Therapy- There are circumstances where PT can be effective. Tight calf and hamstring muscles place added pressure on the ball of the foot. Physical therapists can help reduce pressure on the ball of the foot by working on the stretch and laxity in the calf and hamstring muscles. They may also use other tools such as ART, ultrasound heat or lasers.

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4.Padding- There are a variety of pre-made inserts designed to alleviate the painful symptoms of a Neuroma. The easiest to use is a small adhesive cushion called a metatarsal pad. This pad is a soft cushion with a triangular, teardrop shape. When effective, the metatarsal pad shifts weight in front of the Neuroma, allowing it to heal. If runners cannot find a comfortable over the counter insert, a custom orthotic can be made by your doctor.

my mummy foot lol

5.Shoes – Shoes with a heel exceeding 2 inches, and shoes with narrow toe boxes place increased stress on the toes and the bones along the ball of the foot. This can aggravate a Neuroma. This is also true for running shoes that have tapered, snug-fitting toe boxes. Being mindful of shoe choice can help a Neuroma to resolve. Runners need to try out different shoes to find the one that works best for them.

perhaps?? – lower heal drop and more cushion on the ball of foot in addition to a wide toe box

**Pain Relief Cream – Voltaren (or generic) – This is prescription only and can be rubbed onto the painful area of the foot.


I never thought I would run again without pain.  But I am. For how long? No one knows.  If you have a Neuroma, you are not cured. The pain may return.

If you have read my previous post, you know that I tried all of the above in this order:

  • Rest – for 3 weeks
  • Naproxen – for 2 weeks
  • Cortisone shot
  • PT – for 8 weeks (with ART, heat ultrasound and laser therapy)
  • 4 different brands of running shoes
  • B12 shot with cortisone
  • Metatarsal pad
  • Voltaren (after the pain had stopped, though)

running with lots of pain on Nov. 23

running pain-free run on Feb 23

It is so interesting that someone read my post about running with pain and emailed me about this study:

https://runrepeat.com/arch-support-study

Take a read!!  Food for thought.

Happy Running! Any experience with a Neuroma? What did you think of the arch support study? Please share.

 

Tuesday Topics: Trail Running? Oui ou Non?

Since today is Tuesday, I’m  linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner) and you should too.

My Topic today is: Trail Running – Yes or No?

If you said Trail Racing, I would have replied Doubtful.

Until last summer, I was even skeptical about trail running.

But now, it’s a resounding YES!

I am clumsy but I’ve overcome my fear of falling. Just go slow. Duh?

I have gotten over my competitive spirit and don’t care about being last (as long as I don’t get lost.)

Trails tend to be a longer drive away but carpooling with friends makes that doable, as well.

Six Mile Water Works

Each trail is different. Usually scenic. Dirt is easier on the (old) joints.

Tawasentha Park

Where I live, there is a running club (ARE) that organizes weekly trail runs during the summer months.

Indian Ladder Farms

Win-Win on Trail Running.

Huyck Preserve

Can’t wait until they start up again in May!!

Thacher Park

But don’t take my word for it. Here are some posts about the benefits of trail running:

13 Incredible Benefits of Trail Running


I’m linking up also with this new link-up:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! So what’s your vote on trail running? Please share.

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Weekly Run Down for 3.2.20-3.8.20: Taper Time?

I guess I’m tapering for my next half marathon but it don’t feel like I have been training. It was a very busy work week.

I continued to experience only minor foot discomfort. Hooray!!

Last Week –

  • Monday – I started the day with a PT appointment. She worked on BOTH feet and calves…. I hope to be done with PT next week!!

A little tired because I stayed up until midnight to register for this:

It’s July 5 and I’ve already wanted to do this but had to work… the good hikes sell out fast… Excited to hike Pinnacle Peak.

And one of my favorite author’s special day:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too! You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!”

So he inspired me after work to go for a run. I was solo since my friends were busy 😦 Warm temps but windy and no rain!!!

I ran on the rail trail and was over dressed…this crazy weather!

  • Tuesday – Another after work run…again hoping for no rain. It was really dark when I finished work so I made the decision to run right away instead of waiting for Chris to get out of work.  And it was a good call as it started to pour as soon I finished my run.

I ran on the Corning Bike Path since it was closer than UAlbany and I overdressed again.

  • Wednesday – I would normally call it a rest day but I would not be able to run the next two days and I was anxious to try out my Hokas. Today I did run with Chris at UAlbany. Neither one of us felt peppy but we got it done.

I was too tired from standing all day to give a verdict on the Hokas.

  • Thursday – Finally a rest day due to an after work eye appt.  I ordered new glasses. I normally wear contacts but my glasses were old. Maybe now I’ll wear my new cool expensive glasses (or not?)
  • Friday – Another rest day and my weekly mah jongg night (and going to bed too late.)
  • Saturday – My last long run before the NYC Half. I ran on the Corning Bike Path with some of the Sole Sisters ( and Stan.) Since I skipped my 11 mile long run and shortened my 12 miler to 11, I had decided to run 10 miles rather than 8 but then I wound up with 11.5. One mile solo, 5.5 with Stan and then 5 with Chris and Deb. The miles with Stan were way too fast so I left him to run the rest of his miles with Sherry. It was colder than previous days but when the wind was at our back and the sun in our faces, it was quite comfortable. Afterward we joined the others for brunch.

Stan & I twinned with our Lebow beanies. Hokas felt great on the bottoms of my feet but gave me blisters on the sides (too wide??)

In the evening (after errands, laundry), the hubby and I went out to dinner with my stepson and his wife. Yes, more food (but I did run 11.5 miles!!)

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  • Sunday – Lost an hour of sleep but gained an hour of daylight. Started the day with mega cooking for the week. Then decided to celebrate International Women’s Day with another run with some of the Sole Sisters.  We returned to Corning and got accompanied by some dogs!

50 degrees…overdressed AGAIN!!

.After my run, I met some friends to go to the movies.

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This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  am PT appt, rest day, pm Dr appt, FRW ambassador meeting
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, chiro appt.
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – rest day, bus to NYC, bib pick up, carb loading
  • Sunday – Race DAY – NYC Half Marathon, refueling, bus home

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Anyone training yet for a big 2020 race? Who’s running the NYC Half Marathon? Are you a Dr. Seuss fan? Have you seen any good movies lately?  Please share.

Friday Five: Ultimate Coffee Date for March

It’s that time of the month…

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to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’ve started taking yoga classes monthly. These two hour classes are geared for runners and every month, the teacher picks a different part of the body:

  • November – lower back & spine
  • December – upper back & neck

  • February – feet & calfs
  • March – quads &  hamstrings
  • April – glutes and piriformis

Do you do yoga? If you do, do you do it on your own or sign up for classes? 

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have my THIRD half marathon of the year coming up.  New York City Half Marathon. Last year I ran it recovering from a calf injury.

I was hoping to be trained for it this year…

Nope, my foot has had other things to say.

Still excited about running through Times Square again. And  I hope the temps are warmer than last year.

NYC Half Marathon

Are you running the NYC Half?  If so, let’s meet up!

Do you repeat Half Marathons? Why or why not?

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that my running friends & I have planned our FOURTH race-cation.

We’ve already done Wineglass HM in Corning, NY, Hot Chocolate 15K in Brooklyn and a Rock n Roll HM in Montreal.

Our next one is in October – Smuttynose HM in Hampton Beach, NH.  We rented a house for 4 days…

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Do you go on race-cations with your running friends? Anyone run the Smuttynose Half running are have run the Smuttynose Half?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am still trying to figure out what is the best running shoe for me … yes, after 10 years of running.

I tried Altra Torin Plush.  Nope!!

I loved my Nikes but after the strained calf muscle, I switched to Mizuno Inspires.

Now with the foot neuroma….

Altra Lone Peaks will be great for trail this summer, though

I tried Brooks Ghost. Nope.

Next up…Hokas?

Anyone else have problems finding the right running shoe? Anyone else run with a neuroma? What do you think of Hokas?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am so over winter running.  Wearing a skirt in Bermuda just wet my appetite.

Are you as anxious as I am for warmer temps?  Did you get away this winter to a summerish climate to run?

  • Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I’m not big on ambassador programs. In fact, there are only two that I now am part of.

One is Skirt Sports.  Actually I am this year a Legacy Ambassador which means I have already been an ambassador for several years.  I don’t have to promote as in the past but you bet I will because it’s the only brand of skirt (tights and capris) that I wear. (Get 15% with this code: SS15Dar562)

But for the first time, I am a Freihofer Run for Woman race ambassador. I am surprised and excited about this!! It is my favorite race and am honored to chosen and can’t wait to promote it.

Register for this race and get $5 off with the code AMBSS5

Are you an Ambassador for any products or races? If so, which one(s)?

Do you wear Skirt Sports? 

Are you running or have you ever run Freihofer Run for Women?


It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here!
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Tuesday Topics: Taking Time Off

Since today is Tuesday, I’m  linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner) and you should too.

My Topic today is: Taking Time Off From Running – Yes or No?

Obviously there are many reasons to take time off.

  • Injuries – Unfortunately they happen. Some are just niggles. And others are serious and require a good deal of time off.

just a few days here and there

5 months off

  • Busy Schedule (Work/Travel/Family) – Yes, there are other things in life that come before running.

I so wanted to run but then they’re my tennis friends….

  • Weather Conditions – Especially if you live in the NE, weather can get in the way.  No one wants to run when it is sub zero or icy. And not everyone will or has access to run on a treadmill.

brrrrr

  • Loss of Running Mojo – You just do not feel like running. You may feel burned out. You dread getting out the door. So you skip or shorten runs. You may even stop running for a period of time.

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  • Sickness – No fun running with a cold. Probably not capable of running with the flu and definitely not with any kind of stomach-related sickness.
  • Recovery – Too many miles on the legs such as after a long run or a big race.  You need to rest so you don’t end up injured.

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I rarely take time off unless I HAVE to.  “Have to” means to me ice, rain, or broken bones. I don’t need a lot of sleep and knock on wood, I rarely get sick or feel rundown.  I credit running… for my being healthy.

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Guilty. I’ve run with injuries.

ouchy…sore foot

Guilty. I run when I am busy. I make time for running whereas I will be too busy for other things like strength training or yoga or stretching.

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I look forward to running after work and with my friends on the weekend. It brightens up even the dreariest of days!


I’m linking up also with this new link-up:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Have you taken time off from running? If so, for which reason(s)? Please share.

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Weekly Run Down for 2.24.20-3.1.20: Am I pain-free?

Last week, I went to a new doctor who prescribed wrapping and padding my foot. She also gave me a B12/cortisone shot. This week was my chance to test the foot…weather permitting.

AND IT PASSED!! Woo Hoo!

Last Week –

  • Monday – I started the day with a PT appointment. I told her that I walked over 8 miles a day in Montreal with little pain.  She was very encouraged…maybe I will be graduating soon?

After work, I went for a run with Jeri. 60 degrees in Feb!! So awesome. In spite the great weather, my run was so sluggish. At least, my foot did NOT hurt.

the usual UAlbany loop.  I was so hungry that I couldn’t wait to eat after my run lol

  • Tuesday – Long Day (starting at 7 am) working tech support at the Bar Exam. I was hoping that the rain would hold off so I could run. And it did!  Although the weather was cooler and drearier, I felt a lot peppier.  Go figure! Still no pain!!! Yeah!

when I worked here, this was the route I ran after work most days

  • Wednesday – A well deserved rest day and after work trip to bike at the gym.
  • Thursday – Had to take the hubby to the airport at 4:30 am (He’s playing in a tennis tournament in Fla). It was a nasty rainy/snowy windy day but the rain stopped so Chris and I were able to get our run in. Cold and very windy!!

31 degrees with feels like 18 temps due to the wind!!!

  • Friday – Another day at the Bar Exam and a rest day since I was hosting mah jongg at my house.
  • Saturday – A long run with the Sole Sisters. Since I skipped my long run last weekend but I have a half marathon in TWO WEEKS, I wasn’t sure how many to run. But I was very interested to see if my foot could give me some pain-free miles. I can’t say it was pain-free or uneventful.  I ran one solo mile and then 7 with Deb & Chris. It started to snow and it got icy. I almost fell several times. Chris did fall. We turned around and ran 2 more miles running into Heidi and Angie.  The sun came out and then it got windy.  11 miles done (I had hoped to do 12.) and my foot was a little sore but so much better than before.  Unfortunately the other foot (bunion area) hurt.  Always something.  A tough run however, a delicious brunch with friends made it feel better.

ran 4:1 intervals but it was still hard…glad to not have to do my runs alone 🙂

Of course I watched the Olympic Trials. So sorry for Des!

And I returned my Ghost 12s and got these:

Hoka Cliftons…

spent some alone with the kitty

  • Sunday – Recovery day at the gym,

surprised? Yeah, me too.

Then did some errands, cooking, laundry, cleaning and the hubby came home late that night.

waiting for my car inspection.. McD’s Shamrock Shake is my weakness

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – AM PT, run
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, eye appt
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Anyone training yet for a big 2020 race? Who’s running the NYC Half Marathon? Please share.

Friday Five’s Runfessions for February

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I still ran ALL month even though my foot pain was no better…

but it was no worse.

2. I runfess…

I ran another Half Marathon without completing ALL my long runs.

4 mile race instead of 12 LSD

3.I runfess…

Even though I was dealing with constant foot pain, I still registered for THREE more Half Marathons..

  • May – Steel Rail
  • September – Saratoga Palio
  • October – Smuttynose
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Girls WEEKEND!! YEAH!

That’s now SEVEN for the year….

4. I runfess…

When I heard that ZOOMA Bermuda Half Marathon would run out of medals for the slower runners, I wanted to finish faster than I had originally planned.

luckily they did NOT run out of medals because I did not have a good finish time

5.I runfess…

I almost registered for the 2020 NYC Marathon

Yeah, I said that I was ONE and DONE!

But it is the 50th anniversary of the race….

I DID NOT register (even though I qualified with a timed-entry) because the site went down and I was working at the time…PHEW!  Relieved.

The race was cancelled after Hurricane Sandy so technically 2021 is the 50th running of the race.

So maybe next year… (If I can conquer that foot pain and get back to running at a decent pace…)


It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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