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My favorite pastime is long-distance running. One day last year while training for a fifty-kilometer race, I became aware of pain in my heels. I put the pain down to my running shoes being not so new anymore and wore a different pair on my next run. But after a few days the pain came back. It wasn’t the shoes.
Still thinking the cause of my discomfort was physical, over the next few weeks I tried different running shoes, different socks, a new route, running more on trails rather than pavement, and finally, experimenting with gel insoles. Despite all this, the pain got worse rather than better. My 50K race was coming up soon, and by this time it was hard even to walk very far. I should have been treating myself through prayer in Christian Science, but I hadn’t been. It’s never too late, though, and it was high time I started.
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