The Fear and the Pain


I haven’t had any psychosomatic pain symptoms in quite a long time. However, that winning streak ended a couple weeks ago when my right foot became painful. Or was it real structural pain? That’s always the question we all struggle with. 


I was in training to run the Saguaro Desert Half-Marathon in Tucson, AZ: 13.1 miles through the desert with lots of rocks and giant saguaro cacti. Running longer races is hard but there’s a real feeling of accomplishment and you get a medal for finishing. 


In fact, race medals were the inspiration for the Sarno Medal of Freedom that has become so popular with our students. 


However, the week before the race, my foot started to become more and more painful. Was this a real medical problem? I theorized that it might be from running on the treadmill (that I don’t normally use) vs. outside because of the extreme cold winter weather. The treadmill is not my natural gait....

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