Houston, we have a problem!
The past month the ball of my left foot has been progressively getting worse. At first I ignored it and figured it was just my body adjusting to the hard training. The pain was getting worse and I started to ice the troubled area, like a good ultra-runner in-tune with his body. We often run with some degree of mild pain and discomfort, from time to time, but this was getting worse during each run. I took a few days off, lots of ice which helped, and resumed running with the same indications. I took a close look at anything I had changed, and discovered nothing (same shoes, inserts, trails…). I did some research and the symptoms resemble Metatarsalgia (common foot injury from running). Not sure how or why, was hoping I could just train through it, but I can’t ignore it any longer. I have taken the past three weeks completely off from any running, lots of ice, and going crazy with bottled energy.
So very disappointed, and informed the family that Mohican is most likely off the radar screen this year. I refuse to show up at this race injured or under trained. I’ve missed three weeks of training, along with a foot injury, and feel it’s too late to be ready for this race. My heart says go for it, but my head says this race is tough enough when everything is working perfectly. Three weeks of no training is too much with only 8 weeks to go. So very disappointed considering how strong I was becoming with pace and hill performance. A lot of hard training for nothing – Very discouraging.
Last year my Doc prescribed Statin drug to lower my cholesterol. It runs high in my family, and I have not been exempt from it either. The good type of cholesterol is very high (a good thing), but the bad type is also high, with an overall of around 200. I don’t eat poorly, but also not on a controlled diet, nor overweight. My Doc felt it was time to control it by taken Statin drug, which I have been for the past year. I recently heard on Endurance Planet of the problems with endurance athletes taken Statin and how it degrades their performance and damage to organs (liver function), joints, energy level, fatigue, swelling, cell function,…. You get the picture. I did some research of my own on side effects of Statin drugs and discovered some alarming issues. Not to talk myself into it, but some of the symptoms, I have experienced. Yes, Statin did lower my cholesterol level down to 160, but I’m not convinced the price is worth it. I reviewed several sources, one is an NASA Doc, and all discourage people from taken this drug. Most say it only makes the test results look lower, but the problem is still there, raises other problems, and makes the Drug Co and Doc’s richer ($$$ drug). I read a lot of other negative comments on the relationship between Pharmaceutical Co., Doc, medical review boards, and investment returns. It is not my intention to trash anyone, just want to be aware of the risk, and what’s behind it. Makes one wonder!!! Follow the money trail.
I also learned how important Cholesterol is for the body to function properly on multiply levels. I always heard how cholesterol is bad, but I’ve learned how we can’t survive without it. Do some research yourself. Just consider the source and the motivation behind it. You can’t believe everything you read.
I’m starting to feel like the Apollo 13 Mission!