Why did I suddenly develop a blister on my big toe? The most likely explanation is fatigue. I had done two fast (for me) runs earlier that week, and then got carried away by how good I felt during the long run and let my speed increase then too. It makes sense to me that my foot and ankle muscles will have been tired, leading to poor biomechanics. In other words, my foot got tired of working. Maybe I've finally learned that 'long slow run' really does mean 'long SLOW run.'
So, here I am, still not able to walk without pain (although it is gradually getting better). I'm strapped up with KT tape, am using the foam roller and The Stick a couple of times each day, and am doing gentle stretching. No running until I can walk without pain. At least that's one lesson that I have learned!
|Here's to you, Running Gods!|