There was a time a few states ago when I was experiencing significant pain in my right foot. I performed surgery on my shoe and walked through the pain until it went away.
It’s now David’s turn to experience significant pain. He has learned that he has something called a psoas and assuming a correct diagnosis, he has firsthand–or is it firstfoot?–knowledge of a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Shoe surgery is not likely to help David. So as for now, this is our healing plan:
1. Rest, heat, and ice in Jefferson City, Missouri on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
2. Buy yet another new pair of shoes for David. I would like him to try out the Hokas. I’ve been wearing a pair since Albuquerque (about 925 miles). My cross country coach and marathon running brother swears by them. We’ve heard more than one person say that Hokas are great for people who put in big miles. At 120 miles per week, I think we qualify.
3. Turn David’s pain over to a higher power.
4. Ask you to pray and send all the positive, healing energy you’ve got to get David back on the road.
We’ll be on the Katy Trail between Jefferson City and St. Louis, which means the next week’s worth of running will be on a softer surface. We’ll likely walk most or all of that distance to give David’s body a chance to recuperate.
David and I want to complete our run for GMO-Free USA. So do a whole lot of other people. I don’t know what we’re going to find around the next corner, but I pray we’re both on our feet, running strong and filled with the strength we need to complete our run and mission.
Brett Wilcox is the author of We’re Monsanto: Feeding the World, Lie After Lie. Brett and his 15-year old son, David, are currently running from coast to America coast promoting a GMO-Free USA. Brett and David blog at RunningTheCountry.com. Brett wrote this blog in Jefferson City, Missouri. Support their run and mission at RunningTheCountry.com/donate.