Well, I went to my doctor last week to see what’s wrong with me with all of this itchy, sneezing, sickly stuff I’ve dealt with this year and she told me that my problem is with allergens, short and simple. She said that due to the very mild winter we’ve experienced this past season there are lots of allergens all around us. She suggested I change my allergy meds and also incorporate a nasal spray as well into my routine. I’ve taken my doc at her word and I have been feeling a heck of a lot better since! My feet, though, are still very problematic. Yesterday, I went for a short run in the middle of the day and aside from feeling like I was suffocating in the heat the balls of my feet immediately became agitated with each step. After the short 4 mile run I sat down in the backyard and examined my feet in front of the pond. My right foot was blistered and a giant callous on my left foot was very tender. My feet are falling apart.
So now that I have a handle on the allergy problems I am trying to figure out what to do about my feet. Should I get them replaced with goat hoofs? I’ll be able to climb better and I’ll never have blisters to deal with again, right? I don’t know. It does not matter whether I run with vff’s or the New Balance Minimus – my feet are getting clobbered badly. I wonder if it’s because I’m sweating more these days and, because I’m carrying on more weight now than I ever have? The heavier weight means stronger impact with each step, right? Throw in some sopping wet feet inside a vff or new balance minimus and the hot spots get hotter and more tender. And, the large callouses on the bottoms of my feet add to the misery because that thicker skinned area presses hard on the softer tissue under it and the callouses being so big end up off-centering my feet some and with each step the problem is expounded. I could be totally wrong, though. After all, I’m just a good ole dumb runner. What do I really know?
This situation is bad and I’m not sure how to address this nor alleviate the problem. One thing I have done, though, is become more conscious of my food intake. This last year I’ve given in to the work culture of going out to eat once, twice or three times a week. I always find an excuse to blow money on lunches with work colleagues. That is changing! Today, I turned down Zunzi’s. That’s a big deal. They have the best sandwiches in Savannah. Have you ever tried Zunzi’s Conquistador? How about the Godfather? Those are obesely heavenly sandwiches! I would die for them. Or, I should say, I will die if I keep eating them! Any way, I turned down Zunzi’s. That’s a major event in my life. I’ve also started cutting down on my white rice intake. I’m going to replace white rice with wild rice except when cooking a jambalaya or paella. Those two dishes cannot be cooked with anything but white rice. Oh, there’s gumbo too! You cannot have gumbo with any other rice but white rice. It’s written in the 10 commandments. So, those are the only three dishes where I will eat white rice. Well, I cannot forget sushi. Every now and then I have to eat sushi. And, there is no way I’m going to eat sushi with wild rice. That would just be sinful.
I am really becoming more and more conscious of my daily food intake. I’m cutting out lots of cereals, the rice as I’ve mentioned, sweets, muffins, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, pizzas, chocolate chip cookies, rice krispie treats, brownies. I’m trying to drink only light beer such as Corona light. The kind of meat that I eat regularly is chicken and fish, mainly chicken, though. When I go to lunch with my work colleagues we’ll hit Zunzi’s or some burger joint and then I’ll have some beef or bison. I normally try to stay away from beef and pork.
- 3 vultures
- 1 squirrel
- 3 great egrets
- 1 snowy egret
- 1 red cardinal, male.
- 1 lizard
- 1 dove
I’m going to attempt another run today, another short one. Maybe, I need to invent air-conditioned shoes. That would resolve the sweaty foot problem. If I do that, though, I might destroy the ozone. Hmm, I’ll have to ponder this some more. I think losing weight will play a big part in alleviating this problem. I’m tipping the scales at 197 pounds. That’s the heaviest I have ever been. I have to lose weight. I’m looking more like a line backer than a long distance runner these days. I prefer the long distance runner’s physique…less weight to carry around, you know.
They say that dogs and their owners usually reflect one another. I really believe that. You should see Gypsy and I together. We’re both very smart and very good looking but we both have a bit of a belly on us. Oh, and we both have grey hair. There’s just such an amazing resemblance between the two of us.
So, I’ll keep you all posted on my foot condition. I need major improvement before the Cremator Ultra 50. Actually, I’m going to need a miracle for that! If my feet are getting blistered on a 4 mile run what will become of my feet at 50 miles? Bloody stumps, that’s what, mate!
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