Today’s Workout- 8 miles on the trails in the morning, 4 miles in the evening (didn’t do this one just yet)
60 minute Runner’s Core class at Running, Etc.
I’m a strange runner. I love cotton t-shirts, compression gear makes me itchy, the treadmill and I are besties, and I tie my laces WAY too tight. I have narrow feet and practically have the two lace holes on either side touching each other. Do not do that! This was never a problem for me until a week ago during a progression run I tied them extra tight and later in the day I felt bruising right wear the laces lay (no visual bruising which is telling of a fracture). I thought nothing of it until the next morning when I woke up and it hurt to walk. I’ve spent the last week on edge because it is almost the exact time I became injured last year only this time I did everything right when it comes to post marathon recovery. I didn’t take any chances by starting back too quickly or too much so to hurt myself by lacing shoelaces incorrectly makes me want to scream. My old coach (who lives 2000 miles away) and I were talking marathon shoptalk and I jokingly asked him “Can you tell by the sound of my voice if this is a fracture or not?!” I was getting that desperate.
Even still all week I had been running. The actual running did not hurt at all, it only hurt when I woke up or after sitting for awhile(later I found out this is a good thing) but that pain was intense. One positive was that the tender area also passed my “I read about this on letsrun.com so it must be accurate” stress fracture hop test meaning no pain when I hop on the one affected leg. Fast forward to Friday. My daughter has been invited to a friends house. The girls parents are awesome and we’ve been friends for months but I had never asked the Dad what he did for a living. How I managed to be friends and not know this crucial piece of info is beyond me. So the Mr. picks Kelsea up from their house, does the usual small talk, and it turns out he is a PODIATRIST. The happy dance I did when I heard this news rivals USHER. The Mr. mentions my foot has been hurting and the next day he and his daughter ride their bikes to our house to examine my foot. I mean really? Do Doctors make house calls on bikes anymore? Only in the South.I should have offered him sweet tea. He examines my foot, listens to my symptoms, the works. He feels strongly (but really an x-ray or MRI would be needed to confirm) that it is not a fracture and is tendonitis. He gives me the go ahead to keep on running and also lays on a ton of important preventative info on me (like runners need to get over the bare foot is better thing! and that icing after the first 24 hours is not doing much so skip it if you want to) The timing could not have been better. He also told me my hot pink comfy house slippers are complete junk….that shame was dreadful.
So I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be healed up in the next 7-10 days. I will still be running Surf N Santa next weekend… yea Santa Baby! I was sad thinking I might miss that one. Afterwards though instead of taking 1-2 days off I will take more like 5-7 to completely heal this tendonitis up. I do NOT want to deal with this once real Boston Marathon training begins in January.
Pictured below is my wrap up of what I did do last week on my wonky foot. Friday was the day my paranoia was strongest and instead of my planned 10 miler I rested. I had also done 2- 60 minute strength training sessions at Running, Etc. that had left me feeling completely obliterated. We do tons of planks, push-ups, anything painful you can think of. One of these days I will do a core/strength work recap. If you have any specific questions of what I did let me know. I kept the intensity down not only because of my wonky foot but also because of the strength sessions. They are intense in of themselves so I was given advice to relax on my running intensity.
Congrats to all the Seattle and California International Marathoners!! I suggest everyone who finished CIM should deduct 15 minutes from their finisher’s time for putting up with those crazy conditions! Can’t wait to read some recaps :)