The arch of my left foot started to get really sore during the 2nd half of Bills Bad Ass 50K last month and lingered around for awhile afterwards, so I decided I better take some time off to rest it. I believe what I’ve been dealing with for the past 4 weeks is plantar fasciitis – a common injury among runners. The other day I felt like I was finally turning the corner though and could start running again. So, of course I picked today to do it, with temperatures in the teens and sub zero 30 mph wind gusts. I guess you could say that the weather elements gave me the added incentive I needed to get outside and challenge myself. Winning a spot in next year’s Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 miler for the 3rd year in a row has also helped rekindle my fire. Even though I felt some soreness in my left arch after tonight’s run I felt pretty good overall during the run. I’ll just have to keep reminding myself to gradually increase my mileage to avoid any issues.