Hey guys! Happy Tuesday!
I tested out running yesterday and it was NOT GOOD TEAM. I got about 4 miles and 30 minutes into the run before I was like, “You know what? This hurts and I’m stopping.”
Here is what happened – a couple of Monday’s ago on 2/15, I finished up one of my toughest speed work sessions yet. 10 miles at 7:18 average. My foot hurt by the cool down mile. I thought it was odd, but that it would work out of it – it didn’t really hurt that much. I took Tuesday off running and went to the podiatrist. He pushed on all my bones and nothing hurt much, so he felt it was likely my sesamoid bone, and adjusted my orthodic.
I went to see my ART doc on Thursday and he didn’t think it was a stress fracture either, just soreness. He worked on the tissue on the foot and we called it good.
I thought I had dodged a bullet, and he told me I should be fine to keep running, but if the pain hadn’t subsided in a couple weeks to let him know. So I did my tempo run on Wednesday, my 14 mile long run on Friday, and short recovery run on Saturday. By Sunday my foot wasn’t very happy. It was so odd because the pain disappeared during the tempo and long run, but then would come back in a nagging kind of way. I decided to give it a full week off running and see where that left me.
So that was last week. I swam and biked and it was all good. My foot wasn’t 100%, but it was much better. Then yesterday, Monday, I tried to run. It didn’t hurt that badly to start with, but by mile 4 all I could think was that it hurt too much to go for another 9 miles, and I would need to pull of the half marathon I had scheduled for this upcoming weekend.
I talked to my podiatrist again and he thinks it is not a full fledged stress fracture.. Potentially, it is a new small stress fracture, or a stress reaction:
“A stress reaction is the precursor to a stress fracture. While at the stress–reaction stage, the bone structure is breaking down and becoming weaker, but does not actually contain any fracture. A stress fracture means the structure of the bone has been compromised by a crack or fracture.” You can read the rest of this here.
So the big point here is this is the time to NOT PUSH IT. Be careful and just wait it out. I even asked if I should be wearing a little bootie. That’s right – I offered. I want this sucker to heal up the right way. So I will be rocking this real cute look for a bit and I’m fine with that.
Likely, this is happening because I wasn’t quite eating enough during my last few months of training. Your body just can’t recover. I put my aesthetic goals before my health, which makes me mad at myself and embarrassed. If nothing else, I hope others can learn from my mistakes.
I am determined not to let this devastate me. It is a bummer, and like I said – I am mad at myself. However, it is an opportunity to restart and heal, and I am so grateful it is happening now as opposed to later. I will get back on track with my food intake and become a better swimmer in the next few weeks haha! Of course, I will still be able to keep lifting like I always have, which is great.
Have you every had an injury? How did you cope?