Over the weekend, I came to the realization that, even if the doctor gives me a Best Case Scenario, ramping my miles up to run a marathon probably isn't the smartest thing for me to do. So, I emailed the Des Moines marathon people and told them to set me up for the HM. I was pretty bummed, but then I realized I'll get to run a race that's completely new to me, I've heard it's a very well-run race, and I'll hopefully put some faces with bloggers while I'm there. Now why would I be bummed about that?
As of this posting, I've still got the doc appointment, but I'm considering not going. As I've said, I'm not really a doctor kind of guy (but I play one on the Internet). Since the pain has subsided to the point where it's hardly noticeable, the only reason I would go now is for him to determine if I'm in the right shoes or not. That's a lot of money to shell out for him to tell me to switch to another type of shoe. A couple of friends have gone to this and have had their gait analyzed. I'm giving it some thought. They give you a full orthopedic exam, analyze your gait (both walking and running), they give you a "shoe prescription", and it benefits their research. Hmmm......
Thanks for everyone who voted this weekend. I'd like to say that I heeded the majority opinion and I kinda did. I didn't run this weekend, but I was itching to get out this morning, so that's what I did. The weather was beautiful. A brisk 40 degrees, full harvest moon and - thankfully - no breeze whatsoever. I had a fantastic run, too. The top of my foot was a little sore, but it didn't hurt (if that makes sense). No discernible pain on the side/bottom of my foot. I re-laced my shoes thanks to Runner's World and there was a noticeable difference in comfort! Not only that, but I posted one of my best 5K times.
And on my birthday, no less.