The Sock initially helped my foot immensely. Almost immediately, my arch and heel improved. I could walk around in the morning with very little pain (mornings were always the worst). After two days, improvement came slowly. Still, I felt good enough to run. So, I set out this morning along Trabuco Creek Trail (not to be confused with Trabuco Trail in Trabuco Canyon). Immediately, my right foot hurt. But it was bearable. So, I continued onward.
Aside from the foot pain, my calves felt extremely tight. I stopped beneath the train tracks for a long stretch before continuing on.
To get to my destination (Arroyo Trabuco Trail) I got to run along orange groves. Oranges were slim pickings, but I found a couple trees bursting with the sweet fruit.
I got to run beneath Interstate 5. A bit scary due to the darkness and nooks and crannies for scary people to hide.
At last I made Arroyo Trabuco Trail. My foot still aching, but not too badly, I made several creek crossings without falling in the creek. That only happens about fifty percent of the time on this trail.
I enjoyed much of Arroyo Trabuco before finally turning around, a little over 6.5 miles, giving me 13+ miles today.
During the last 4 miles, running with THE FOOT became increasingly difficult. Finally, with two miles, my pain was immense. I was so close to phoning my husband for a ride to my car. I just couldn’t take him from his work. So I pushed onward, despite the pain.
I’ve been icing off and on since I arrived home. I’ve taped, I’ve rolled, I’ve applied heat. Right now I’m wearing The Sock.
13.28 miles run today. And I think I’m convinced that I really need to give the foot a break. Bummer.