This will be my third year running this race, because I get free registration through work. Woohoo free race! In past years (2014 recap, 2015 recap), I’ve sort of struggle with how crowded this race is, and never really do as well as I think I should/as I want to. I usually end up hot and frustrated and not really having a lot of fun during the actual race.
This year, because I’m maybe injured (stupid foot) and because it’s supposed to be the hottest day of the year so far, I’ve decided to actually, really, just have fun and not worry about time. I get to go hang out with a bunch of my coworkers, run a race through my state’s capital, and then have drinks and dinner. We’ve got reservations at Positive Pie, which is an excellent pizza joint, and what’s better after a race than pizza and beer?
I’ve also been talking with Coach Suz about my stupid foot. She thinks I should get it checked out, while I’m over here in Denial Town going, “Well, it doesn’t hurt when I walk, just when I run, so I’m probably fine, right?” And honestly, it doesn’t hurt when I’m walking, standing, or yoga-ing, and it didn’t bother me at all until mile 5 or so of my 10 mile run on Monday, so I just don’t want to get all wrapped up in doctor’s appointments and x-rays and someone telling me that I shouldn’t run.
HOWEVER, I also need to remember that I’m running a marathon in 2.5 weeks, and if I have something wrong, a diagnosis and treatment plan may make the difference between finishing and not. SO. If I feel any pain at all during tonight’s 5k, I will switch to walk/run intervals, and call a doctor tomorrow. I need to figure out if my insurance requires a referral, or if I can just seek out a sports medicine doc on my own. I don’t want to just go to my regular doc, because a) They’re just gonna have to send me to the hospital for x-rays, which means an extra, wasted visit and co-pay, and b) My previous injury experience with my regular doc was “Oh, well, no signs of a fracture, so just don’t run for 6 weeks,” which is NOT going to work for me right now.
Do you go straight to the doctor when you get hurt, or do you wait it out like me?