Barefoot Running Rehab on the Trail: Some Flowers, Some Trash, Some Whine
This morning Irvine Park was chilly—low 50’s—and my toes went numb pretty fast, until I decided to get out of the Santiago Creek lowland where the cold air had settled.
A short steep trail leads up to the top edge or ridge overlooking the wide floodplain… probably a half mile across at this point, with the Willows spread out below in the morning shadow. Brrr. I wanted sunshine, not shade, today.
I’d just been over this trail a week ago, but the “same old trail” is never the same— golden stars (Bloomeria crocea) are now blooming, like little bursts of yellow fireworks.
Last week on this section of trail: mariposa lilies.
The morning light made for some fun shadowy photo-ops.
This stuff is never fun to find (but it’s not going to go away on its own).
Injury update (stop reading here if you are allergic to whining).
As I slowly work to rehab my latest running injury (the ankle/achilles residue of last summer’s exuberant-barefoot-trail-running overdose) I am trying not to get discouraged. (Still . . . in three weeks it will be the nine-year anniversary of The Left Patella Incident at the Bishop High Sierra trail race. That’s a lot of phy$ical therapy . . . )
After my most recent set-back when I “overdid it” and brought the heel pain back with a little too much, too soon (five sets of two minutes running was one set too much, I guess) the physical therapist gave me somewhat surprising advice: don’t stop running!
He said to just cut back and keep pushing against the pain/no pain threshold. He said his job would be to listen to my feedback about what/where/how the pain re-appeared, and that’s how we would work through this until I am ready to run a hundred miles (He is also a runner, understands crazy, and was polite enough not to laugh in my face when I told him my goal.)
So today I hiked for about an hour, then, when almost back to the car, did one minute of slow running, walked a few more minutes, and ran about two minutes, and walked the rest of the way.