Mike and I have only been running for six months and we have already completed six races, including our recent half marathon. We have barely taken any time off and have gone from one training program to the next, yet, for the most part we have felt fine. Well, Mike typically always feel fine. I'm the one that has had knee pain, foot pain and ankle pain at different times throughout our short running career.
I have run through all of the pain and it has all gone away in a day or so. Yet, I know that I really should have probably taken a few extra days off here and there, but I figured that most of the pain that I felt was normal.
After our half marathon, I had a hard time walking. But, I had just run 13.1 miles, so I didn't really think anything of it. I knew that I was going to be sore and that I would probably have to take a few days off before running again. Which is fine, since our next race isn't until November 13th.
Yet, after a few days I knew that something wasn't quite right. I just kept hoping that the pain in my left foot would go away by the next time we ran.
Tonight was the first time that we ran since Sunday. Mostly because of recovery, but I also had a dentist appointment last night.
We barely made it past a mile before I had to stop. I have been secretly thinking the worst, a stress fracture, and I finally caved in and made an appointment.
The doctor felt around my foot and asked me if I was feeling any pain when she pressed on certain areas. The most painful spot was right on the top in the middle.
After she was done with that she told me that it was highly unlikely that I have a stress fracture. She said that she didn't feel anything out of place or any broken bones and that my foot wasn't swollen. She did say that there was some bruising on the top of my foot, though.
She concluded that I most likely have an overuse injury and I have to ice, elevate, ace bandage wrap and take ibuprofen three times a day.
Plus, I can't run for three to five days.
I know it could be worse, a lot worse, but I am really disappointed. Mike and I were doing so well and we have already taken four days off from running. I really don't want to take any more days off. Don't worry, I'm going to listen to the doctor.
I know that I am going to be right back to running in no time, but until then I will just be trying to recover as quick as possible. She did say that if after five to seven days the pain is still persistent that I need to get it checked out again.
Even though she told me that I can't run, I'm hoping this means that I can still cross train. Mike is going to run without me this weekend and I'm probably going to go to the gym to use the elliptical or stationary bike.
How have you dealt with injuries? Or have you been lucky enough to not have any?