Injured Runner Alert

Something has been up with my left heel for a while now. It first started hurting immediately after the VCM relay Memorial Day weekend, and I took a full week off to try to let it heal (no pun intended). I started running again and for a time, it didn’t hurt while I was running, only while walking around after, so I was able to convince myself that running wasn’t the problem.

In the lead up to Vera’s birthday, and then our family reunion and vacation, I took more time off running. I was busy, and my foot was still hurting, so it seemed like a good time to take a step back and hope that rest would take care of things.

As you probably saw on IG recently, three full weeks of no running later I still have foot pain. I went for a two mile test run this past Friday morning and spent the rest of the day limping. I honestly have no real idea what it could be. I don’t think it’s PF, because the pain doesn’t ease as my foot “warms up.” Maybe a stress fracture? Maybe Achilles issues? The pain sometimes radiates up the back of my leg a bit. Who knows?

I have been resistant to see a doctor up until now because when I had my last foot injury in 2014, I paid to have x-rays done and then never got any concrete diagnosis. I took six full weeks of rest and my foot was fine after that. But based on what’s going on currently, I definitely need to suck it up and go see someone. Thankfully, my GP is also a runner, so I’m hopeful that she will work with me to find some real answers this time around. I’m planning to call my doctor’s office today and hope to be seen some time this week.

In the meantime, no running, all the supportive shoes, and some low-impact strength workouts to keep me sane.

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6 Weeks

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.

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?

Manic Monday – 11/17/14

Welcome to another edition of Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week.

Monday 11/10/14:
I was ready to get back to the running game after a week off, and in my eagerness, I did something stupid.  I had been experiencing varying degrees of pain in my left foot for several days, but I steadfastly ignored it and ran 2.5 miles anyway.  It didn’t hurt any worse while I was running, but by the time I got home, it hurt to walk so badly that I was limping.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.  I tried to stretch and massage it as best I could, but it was very painful.  I also did 6 push-ups and a 30 second plank.

Tuesday 11/11/14:
My foot was still hurting very badly, so I took a rest day.  I rolled my foot out with a golf ball on and off all day, and tried to remain sitting as much as possible in order to rest it.  When I got home, I did some strength exercises:  7 push-ups, 30 second plank, 30 second plank on each side, 5 single leg bridges on each leg, 30 clamshells each side, 20 leg lifts each side.  It wasn’t much, but if I can’t run, I need to do something.

Wednesday 11/12/14:
Wednesday I was till experiencing a pretty high level of pain in my left foot.  I didn’t roll it at all, as at this point I was unsure whether it was actually a muscular issue or maybe a stress fracture (please, god, no), and tried once again to stay off it as much as possible.  I also had my final wedding dress fitting (!!!), and it really started to sink in that I’m getting married REALLY SOON!

Thursday 11/13/14:
I went to see Lyric Theatre’s production of “The Producers.”  Lots and lots of people I know were involved with the show, so I pretty much had to go.  It was opening night, and afterwards there was a champagne reception in the lobby of the theatre.  It was so.much.fun. to see all of my friends, including some people I haven’t seen since college, and it’s making me really excited to audition for Legally Blonde in December 😀  When I got home (at 11:45 pm, mind you), I decided to bust out some squats, single leg lifts, clamshells, push-ups, and a plank, because, why not?

Friday 11/14/14:
Thankfully, my foot was starting to feel a little better, but I didn’t want to push it and risk hurting myself more, especially after all the walking and standing I did on Thursday night, so I just took another rest day.  Ben and I met up with some friends at Vermont Tap House for dinner (delicious wood-fired pizza), and went to see Interstellar.  It was really, really good.

Saturday 11/15/14:
Saturdays seem to be the days where I clean.  I vacuumed the entire basement, cleaned our room, and did laundry.  Then Ben and I pretty much had a date night at home.  We drank a few beers, and worked on our wedding playlist, while dancing around the kitchen and generally being all adorable and in love cause we were ONE WEEK AWAY FROM OUR WEDDING!

Sunday 11/16/14:
After getting up decently early and having a good breakfast, I babysat most of the day for an adorable 15 month-old.  He ended up falling asleep in my lap around 4 so I got to read the rest of the time.  And the best part is, the mother paid me TWICE what I had asked, so it was a total win.

Hey guess what, guys?  I’M GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY!!!  Holy crap.  That means that this week is probably not going to be a very good workout week, especially with my foot still feeling kind of ouchy (It’s actually better this morning than it has been in over a week, but I’m not holding my breath, because it tends to get worse as the day goes on), but I’m going to do my best to keep up with some body-weight exercises at home.

Happy Monday everyone!

Friday Free-For-All (Twenty-Two)

Welcome to Friday Free-For-All, where I talk about anything and everything on my mind.  This is usually just a great big brain dump, so brace yourselves!

The theme of this week’s Friday-Free-For-All is “I have awesome coworkers.”  Read on to find out why.

Everyone in my office ambushed me yesterday with a wedding gift.  I got a beautiful bouquet of gerbera daisies (my favorite flower!), a card, and gift certificates to the salon where I’m getting my hair done, the salon where I’m getting my nails done, and for a massage.  I almost cried, I was so blown away by their thoughtfulness and generosity.  No matter how small your wedding is, it’s still expensive, and these gift certificates are going to take care of a large chunk of the financial burden of making me look pretty on my wedding day.

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One of my coworkers hand made a gorgeous necklace and earrings for me to wear on my wedding day.  She made them especially for me to match my colors, and they’re absolutely beautiful.  I’m a lucky girl.  I didn’t get any pictures because the lighting in my office sucks, but you can be sure there will be lots of pics from next weekend!

I got a Fitbit Flex!  Another coworker wasn’t using hers anymore because it wasn’t syncing well with her phone, and when I happened to mention I wanted one, she gave hers to me!  Talk about serendipity! And awesome coworkers, of course!  I’m excited to hopefully up my activity level during the day, and learn more about my sleeping habits.  Of course, my excitement is tempered a bit because of my next point:

I am an injured runner.  Somehow, I messed up my left foot.  It’s extremely frustrating, because I’m fairly certain the initial injury was not caused by running.  After the half marathon on November 2, my feet were a-okay, fine.  Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, everything was hunky-dory in foot-land.  But Wednesday, I noticed it was a little painful when walking or standing.  I biked at the gym on Wednesday night, and then didn’t do anything even remotely exercise-like for the rest of the week.  Then this Monday, genius that I am, I decided that maybe running would help stretch it out.  Rookie mistake.  While running, it didn’t really hurt any more or less than it had before.  But after I finished my 2.5 miles?  I was totally lame.  It HURT to walk and I limped around the rest of the day.  Since then, walking has been no fun (hence why the Fitbit is slightly less exciting than it otherwise might be).  Thankfully, it seems to be getting better.  The pain peaked on Wednesday, and is getting progressively less.  I’m just trying to sit still as much as possible, keep it elevated when I can, and NOT RUN UNTIL IT’S BETTER.

no running

Do you have a Fitbit or other wellness tracking device?  Do you think it helps motivate you to be more active?

 

Manic Monday – 4/28/14

And here we are, another Manic Monday, where I recap the previous week’s training etc, and set out some goals for the upcoming week.  

This week hasn’t been a stellar week on the training front, but as I mentioned in Friday’s post, I’m ok with having off weeks and not following my training plan to a “t.”  I’m staying active, I’m doing my long runs, and I’m living my life.  I’m happy.

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This was a scheduled cross-training day, but since it was Marathon Monday and the weather was so beautiful, I had to go for a run.  I intended to do a quick 2 miles, but I ended up doing 2.4.  I also started out waaay faster than I usually go, and when I got home and looked at my splits, realized I ran a 7:59 mile.  Umm, what?  I have never run that fast in my life!  It felt amazing to see those numbers when I never expected to.  Yay!

Tuesday
This was scheduled to be a 4 mile run, but life sort of intervened.  Ben was at his parents’ place in Underhill (about 30 minutes away) for a few days working on our truck since he’s on spring break.  I had to pick him up tonight so he could bring our kitty to the vet Wednesday morning.  We had dinner with his parents and didn’t get home until after nine, so no workout.

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Drugged out kitten

Wednesday
Other than walking to and from work (2 miles each way), I didn’t do anything.  I had very good intentions of doing some leg stuff at home after dinner, but then I put my big, cozy sweatpants on, and well, I just didn’t feel like it.  The kitty was all loopy from her procedure and I just wanted to snuggle her and relax.

Thursday
This was supposed to be a 5 mile run, but honestly, I’m realizing that I don’t really have time for more than 3 miles during the week right now if I want to eat dinner and be in bed at a reasonable hour, or not get up while it’s still dark.  I fully intended to do 3 miles after my hair cut, but then it was such a beautiful night, and my hair looked so good, and we didn’t have any food in the house…  I went home and grabbed Ben and we went out to dinner.  Of course, we had to wander around downtown for about a half hour until we found a place that didn’t have a long wait.  There must be some event at UVM this weekend because restaurants were PACKED!  So at least I got some walking in 🙂

Friday
Scheduled rest day.  Ben left for a bachelor party weekend in Atlantic City so I spent some quality time with the kitties and Netflix.

Saturday
This was supposed to be my long run, but due to some family drama that kept me up most of the night, I slept in instead.  I used the day for cleaning and meal planning, which was much needed.

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I got my 8 miles in–8.1 miles to be exact.  It actually went really well, in spite of the fact that it was cold and rainy the whole time.  This was my first long run with my hydration belt (awesome) and some fuel (vanilla bean GU–review coming soon), and I definitely think that helped.  After some vigorous stretching and foam rolling (ow), I did nothing but relax and binge-watch Glee on Neftlix.  Don’t judge–I stopped watching after season 2 and I’m curious about what’s happened since.

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My right hip was a little sore all day yesterday, but it feels looser today.  Unfortunately, I woke up with some pain in my right foot this morning, which is kind of weird.  I didn’t have any foot pain during my run or after my run yesterday, but it’s pretty angry right now–it definitely didn’t appreciate my walk to work.  The plan is to take it easy and play it by ear as far as my scheduled runs for tomorrow and Thursday.  If I’m still in pain, I won’t run.  I’m also finally going to bite the bullet and get new shoes this week, hopefully before my long run on Saturday.  My current kicks have over 400 miles on them, and they’ve never really been that great for me anyway.  Now that I’m getting into the higher mileage, it’s gonna be really important to get proper footwear.

My ONLY goal this week is to take it easy and make sure that my hip and foot pain don’t get worse/turn into full-blown injuries.  I’m still a newbie with all of this, and I can’t tell if I should see a doctor or not.  I’m currently on a high deductible ($2500) insurance plan, so I have to pay for EVERYTHING out of pocket, and I can’t really afford a lot right now :/