The foot pain however has been quite annoying. Yesterday, I finally got around to asking a doctor friend to look at it. The verdict is metatarsalgia. I'm glad it's not a stress-fracture or anything worse, but the annoying part about this diagnosis is that it may mean I need to throw out my stockpile of running shoes and find a new model to run in. I'm currently rotating three pairs of the same shoe, and I have a 4th pair that I haven't even taken out of the box yet. It turns out they might be too flexible for my feet. I'm going to try insoles first, and hope that they will enable me to keep the same shoes at least until I get good use out of the ones I have already bought. But, if I have to buy new shoes, so be it.
In the meantime, I got lots of exercise shoveling snow on Thursday and Friday. Here's before and after photos from Thursday's shoveling adventure. On Friday, I shoveled the snow from around the front and side of my car so that I could actually get out of the parking spot. I will be parallel parking between 2 snow banks for the foreseeable future.
On Friday, I hiked up the hill to a friends house to hang out for awhile, and then took pictures of her kids sledding.
I got a few snowballs thrown at me!