Today marks exactly six weeks since my last run. It was a painful one. My left foot had been hurting for a few days, but I decided to run anyway in the hopes that a short run would warm it up and loosen up whatever was angry in there. That was a mistake.
After that day, my foot hurt even more. Like a lot. And it didn’t want to get better. I went to the doctor and got x-rays, but didn’t have a stress fracture. My doc didn’t know what the issue was and told me to just “treat it like a stress fracture.” Which meant no running. Which sucked.
It’s been a long six weeks. Lots of butt-sitting. Lots of whining. Lots of trying to understand why some people enjoy biking (ow, my butt). But now, finally, my foot feels better. It’s actually been pain free for over two weeks, but I didn’t want to rush into things and possibly have a relapse and be super angry.
So today, for the first time in six weeks, I will attempt to “run.” I put it in quotation marks because it will be neither fast nor far. A mile max, with a good warm-up and cool-down, and sloooooow. And I will stretch and ice and wear my arch support inserts and squishy shoes. And take it easy tomorrow. And if all goes well, I’ll try another mile later in the week. Wheeee!
What’s the longest you’ve had to take off running due to injury? What did you do to keep your sanity in the meantime?