Or to be more precise, that’s 7 uninjured toes on my feet. I am currently nursing both plastered big toes with blisters the size of volcanic craters. Yes I’m exaggerating but they do feel like molten lava when I’m running. And one little toe has been rubbing and is sore. I think this is exactly like a building’s broken window syndrome, once one problem starts, others follow in quick succession. One toe is so swollen, that it is now causing my little toe to rub, when it never has before. The other foot has the remains of the blister and the new skin is sore too. I think this puts paid to wearing sandals and heels for a while.
Today is my planned short run – 7kms if I can, one for each uninjured toe. We had business to do this morning – chasing the water company to visit us over the Beast From the East water leak, so my run was scheduled for this afternoon. Another scorchio day here, hitting 25 degrees and full sun.
0-1km – six ouches, three barking dogs and a broken down car, being pushed by two peed off looking chaps
1-2km – more ouches, and in fact they’ve turned to bloody hells, as my feet are really complaining
2-3km, past the barking balcony house, two eff-offs at the dogs – it doesn’t make any difference, they continue to bark
3-4km, decisions to make – do I continue and start doing some up-hill work? My toes screamed at me to be sensible, therefore I turned back for home. Oh and the guy with the ‘missing dog’ from the other day, obvs he found him again, as he was walking merrily with said hound, and said ‘Salve’ to me. Salve is an old Roman greeting – sort of good health I think, you say it to strangers… and there was me thinking I knew him!
4-5km, past the old laundry on Laundry Lane, the water looked tempting as you can see 😉
5-6km, back up the Slope of Hope and you can see the worst gradient on the pic – 15%, no I am not doing that, so I wimped out and decided one km per fit toe was a bit too much today
Seven wheels on my wagon, and I was still hobbling along. There weren’t any Cherokees after me, and I was in so much pain I couldn’t even sing that song.
Upshot, I’m a bit miffed to be honest, but I have to be sensible if I keep running long distances when I have sore feet, it’s only going to get worse. Tomorrow is rest day thank goodness, I will be asking Mr JCR to be the family taxi driver… and we won’t be walking far at all.
Help Me Rhonda – Beach Boys
Let’s Dance – Chris Montez:
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I Only Want To be With You -Dusty Springfield:
I’m into Something Good – Herman and The Hermits
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore:
California Dreaming – Mamas and Papas
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell:
Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Mrs Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis
She Loves You – The Beatles
Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations:
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
Baby Love – The Supremes
Average Pace 8:20 (sore toes!)
Elevation Gain 61 metres
Kms Done 728.03
Kms Still To Do 1289.97