Thursday, June 08, 2006

OFF TO THE MARATHON

The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon is Saturday! I'm leaving tomorrow morning, driving to KY... well, WV, actually; the whole thing starts right on the state line and is run mostly in KY.

I've been nursing a sore foot for about 3 weeks... something wrong with my metatarsal head (ball of foot) after hiking in bad shoes/boots when I was repainting the trial markers. Actually it doesn't hurt that much when I run, only when I walk, so I guess I better not walk during the marathon too much :-) If it feels as if it's getting more injured, I'll bail. It would be my first DNF ever, but it's not worth really hurting it and then being out for 6 weeks. We'll see how it goes.

I'm packing up my stuff now and will be off in the morning! My friend WrayJean from Indiana is sharing my room, along with her friend Kathy. I haven't seen WrayJean since Feb. of 2005, at the Gasparilla Marathon in Tampa. So that will be a lot of fun.

I'll let y'all know how it goes!

9 comments:

Flo said...

Good Luck and have fun. That marathon sounds like a hoot.

runr53 said...

Fair winds and following, oh wait, wrong place... Run Good! And Y'all come back now ya hear!

Cliff said...

have a good one. DNF is better than not running for 6 weeks.

Vickie said...

Good luck to all of you! Will look forward to the race report. Be careful of that foot!

Rachel said...

Good luck! You'll do great. I had the exact same thing with my metatarsals in the ball of my foot. It was caused by walking in shoes without enough arch support. Make sure the shoes you wear from here on out (even your slippers!) are extra comfy and supportive. I made sure I didn't have a stress fracture, and then I got orthotics (1 pair for my regular shoes; Super Feet for my running shoes). You can also tape up your foot on race day but you're lucky it doesn't hurt when you run. If it's sharp pain, it could be an inflamed nerve. Otherwise, it may be tendonitis. Oh, I also iced mine 3x/day for 20-30 minutes and took 500 mg ibuprofen 3x/day. That helped immensely. You probably don't want to change your running shoes this close out but definitely try ice and ibuprofen! And stay off your feet! Good luck! Can't wait for the race report.

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Say hi to Wray Jean and have an awesome race. Hope the foot doesn't give you too much grief.

TxSkatemom said...

I didn't know you and WJ were rooming together!! Good luck to both of you! That one is on my list if I ever decide to join 50 States-- do you get credit for both?

Geek Girl said...

Hey, girl - make sure you see someone about that foot! Feet are our most valuable assets!

Downhillnut said...

I heard a bluegrass band last night and thought of you. Have a GREAT RACE, Ellie. High-five Wrayjean for me. I hope your foot holds out for you and you get to cross the finish line.