I think it’s about time I update you….
Exactly 15 days ago, it was a normal Wednesday morning. I was running, thinking about the Nike Women’s Marathon, high on life, and feeling strong. At about mile 4 (of my 8 mile planned run) I had what I would call a “tiny foot twinge“. To be safe, I decided to cut my run short and just run 5 miles.
Thursday morning I awoke with intense, stabbing foot pain. The kind of pain that makes you wish your Mom was around to hold you and tell you that everything is going to be ok. (Calling my mom was the next best thing…)
I saw a doctor right away and was informed that I was at high risk for a stress fracture. My running shoe was replaced with a boot and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t devastated by the thought of not being able to run the marathon that is now just a month away.
The first several days I was in severe denial. Then I was just plain pissed the hell off. How did I not see this coming??? What happened??? Could I have prevented this injury??? Thousands of thoughts raced through my mind.
This past Saturday I became depressed & scoured the internet for answers. I even desperately googled things like… “can you still run a marathon with stabbing pain in 5th metatarsal & arch?”
Of course, I didn’t find the answer I was looking for, but I did find this great article titled How to Cope With the 5 Stages of Injury Grief. If you are currently struggling with an injury, I feel your pain (literally & figuratively ;-)) and for those of you who have had an injury in the past… thank you for being strong and reminding me that I will get through this.
Four appointments, two X-rays, and one bone scan later, I was overjoyed to hear that I DO NOT have a stress fracture! Unfortunately, I have posterior tibial tendonitis. And, unfortunately, I am still in quite a bit of pain. On the bright side, today I was able to finally take the boot off and try out a new pair of shoes with arch supports. It feels weird to have to “work up to” walking for more than 5 minutes at a time, when just a few weeks ago I was running my 19 miler and feeling stronger than ever.
So, right now, I am taking it day by day. I am more grateful than ever for those closest to me, that have helped talk me through the recent ups and downs.
Have you ever had a foot injury? Or any injury that prevented you from doing what you loved? How did you cope?
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