Jan 2, 2014

Happy New Year to everyone and good luck with 2014. I’ve begun the year in good spirits despite the ongoing problem with my left heel. It’s exactly the same problem I had at this time last year, during the break I took between finishing in South America and beginning in Europe. I was fine then until I stopped running fifty kilometres each day. As soon as I started running those daily distances again, the injury went away. I have reduced my running this time to a bare minimum – sometimes to just a very slow one kilometre per day – yet the heel gets worse, even though I’m wearing orthotics and all sorts of heel inserts. I think I now know the cause – slip on shoes. I have been wearing these most of the time, and I think that, subconsciously, my heel tendon tries to clench to hold the shoe on each time I step. I have decided, therefore, that I will just wear running shoes for a while and see how that goes. It worked last year. I need to get rid of the problem soon, as I have to start training for the Oxfam 100 km event soon. I’ll keep you informed as to how it goes.

On a more positive note, Carmel and I were in Bright in the Victorian high country a few days ago, staying at a place that is dedicated primarily to cyclists but with a running emphasis too. I met a young guy there called Blake. It turns out he has been following my run – I think he’s the first stranger I’ve met by chance who has been following me. He just recently ran his first 100 km event and won it by an hour. Sounds like he’s an ultra runner to watch in the future.