Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bad Karma?

On day 1 of 7 out on the trails, I should have known something bad was coming...I stepped on a thorn that went through my shoe and into my big toe! This happened around 7am on Sunday morning. Not a good sign. I let out a yelp, pulled it from my foot, and kept running...with the piece of evidence in my hand. I would wave it at each runner I came across as I finished the 5-mile loop. The picture at the left is the thorn in question. Pretty darn long and sharp! Fortunately, although it punctured my toe, it didn't go in too deep. I changed socks, put some antibiotic cream on the crime scene, and finished 30 miles before lunch. Over my standard lunch break, Sharon dug out what she thought was a tip of the thorn still stuck in my toe--I think it was just dried blood. Oh well. She disinfected the wound and slathered on more antibiotic. The toe hurt, but became numb as I ran. Ended up doing 27 more miles in the afternoon. Not a bad day of running, but a bad omen for the week.

While I'm taking it easy the rest of this week, the Buffalo Trace 7-Day Stage Race is still going on and Tracy is doing a great job. Results are updated each day (some people still haven't sent me their miles, but most have).


Anonymous said...

I'm barefoot much of the time out there and I cringe when around those thorny trees. I figure if I step on one of those, whether in 5-Fingers or shoes, it will likely go through. I know a farmer in Kansas who gets tractor tires punctured by those things.

Chris Ⓥ said...

Not sure this is true, but I've heard that if you are going barefoot you react so quickly by feeling the initial touch of a thorn (or other nasty sharp object) that you pick up your foot faster and don't end up being cut. Sort of the same with minimalist shoes--you tend to run with a softer landing. I'm not going to experiment to find out if this is true! We should all try to have a softer and more reactive foot landing (like POSE and Chi Running teach).