Well, I've been away from this place for way too long. I had a good year last year. In spite of all the DNFs I accomplished a lot. First (and second) ultra, first time associating with the local "fast runners" group, first (official) marathon and in spite of all my bitching about not qualifying Boston, I did come within 10 min of the qualifying time. Well I'm sure we all had wonderful winters. The tundra hasn't quite left yet. Thawing out of hibernation, however, I've been experiencing this annoying issue with my left foot. It's probably because I have Morton's toes (I don't know where mine went, probably Morton has them) but the base of the toe next to my big toe feels swollen and tender underfoot. It feels lumpy and hurts like a bruise when I walk. The pain subsides when I run. Probably from the natural endorphin kicking in. But the pain resumes with greater intensity afterwards. Has anyone had this issue? Does it sound like just a bruise or the beginning of something more sinister, like a metatarsal stress fracture? This is low intensity pain that I have little trouble running through, but should I? Or should I see the dreaded podiatrist, who's gonna ask me various personal questions and prescribe orthics or worse? Let me know what your opinion is. Please share if you had similar issues. Thanks in advance.