My arches are a mess. I limp around all day. Decades back when I was a real runner, this was always a problem for me. I am an expert as to plantar fasciitis. How to deal with it remains a mystery to me and to all.
After my last race (see previous post) have been kinda down mentally. I have not been running much. I did have a good 5 mile run today and have not yet given running up. I remain fat, and that does not seem to bother me enough to do something about it (like give up beer and cookies). I am not a real foot racer these days, but I am having some fun.
I intend to race again on May 6th -- 'Hartwell Damn'. Last year there I blew out a hamstring at the start and ran 29:22. I would have dropped out, but it was point to point and had to get back to my Jeep. It is likely I will improve on that time. On the other hand, it once seemed likely that I would be running under 23 at 71, but reality is I can't get under 24. That is depressing, but until I am willing to loose pounds and run miles, it is what I deserve.
Last year there were 546 in the 5K at Hartwell. I was 146. It was my first race as a SEPTUAGENARIAN.
The first geezer in was the great Joe Carter. He is a legend and ran 23:24.
Next guy was the famous Jim Balkwell who ran 25:46.
It is unlikely I will ever beat Joe Carter (never have), but maybe I can make a race for 2nd? That makes no sense unless like me you are here on the porch with too much cold beer. Every race is different and different people show. The real contest is "to do good". The pecking order is fun but not more than that. Joe might run 22 flat this year and not place. He would be OK with that, even prefer it over last year.
Leading into Hartwell will be a race in Greenwood on the same course where I stunk up the place back in February. The course was long, but that is not why I stunk. The temps will be 30 degrees hotter, and I will be fatter, but if I can finish a few seconds better - that would be a plus for my mind.
So, for now intend to keep at it, and hopefully my arches will allow me to show at Greenwood and Hartwell.
This is me getting fatter with beer on my dock this week. At the 'Winter Run' when I was 46, went under the SC record there for 15K. I am not as fast now, but still having fun.