My left foot started hurting just like the right did… while I wasn’t even running! I saw the podiatrist again last week. He pushed and bent at my feet and I felt no pain. So he said I could keep running. He has no idea what’s going on with my feet. Maybe I’m being too sensitive and cautious. But the thought that I could become injured and forced not to run again makes my eyes burn. I just want my body to cooperate. And so the good news: I woke up this morning with no discomfort in my left foot. How this has happened makes no sense. But I’m going to just go with it and hope I won’t have to stop running before the Big Sur Half Marathon. The plan is to concentrate on the next race, which the Trail Hog on Sept 5th. I want to be running 3 miles 3 times a week. I’m going to shoot for 11 minute miles or 5.5 mph. The one thing I appreciate about getting injured is that I’m learning so much. For example, I’ve learned that I really enjoy running when I slow it down and am not dying at the end. I know. What a crazy concept. That’s why I’m concentrating on the distance, not the time. I was running 2.5 miles non-stop before the injury but since my injury was likely due to over training, I’m taking it slow. I did 1 mile on Tuesday and will add 0.25 mile to every run until I’m at 3 miles. I’ll also be doing a 0.25 walk warm-up and cool-down. Today I did 1.25 miles. But after 0.91 miles I got called to the Kid’s Club to change a diaper. I did another 0.75 mile (instead of the 0.59) to compensate for the long break. (The time and distance includes the 0.25 warm-up and cool-downs.) I love running and want to consider myself mainly a Runner, but I really enjoy lifting weights too. I’m getting excited that my arms are getting firmer. I took this “before” picture so I have something to compare to when they’re even more awesome than they are now.