I have a little bit of a confession to make. My right foot hurts a lot. I thought if I didn’t talk about it, maybe it wouldn’t exist and it would go away and everything would be happy again. But that hasn’t happened and it’s been going on for a couple of weeks now. It started with a four mile run and a rugby practice a few weeks ago. I got back, and the outside (if you were to draw a line from you pinky toe to your ankle) of my foot was in awful pain. I told Ty the next day and I did a weights workout with a lot of supersets working my arms, shoulders, and back. He told me to rest it for a couple of days and that it might be a stress fracture.
At the very beginning of my run, I don’t feel anything. In the middle and end of my run I can feel a bit of pain in my foot, but it’s after I stop running (cool down, walk to the car, change shoes, etc.) that the pain become excruciating and I’m probably visibly limping. I can’t imagine that this is good and I’m getting to the point where I really can’t stand it. It takes about three days for the pain to subside and then, stupidly, I go out for a run again.
I signed up for the Denver Rock n Roll half marathon and I really want to do it because running a half marathon would be badass and it’s the inaugural one! If I don’t do it, I feel like I’ll be upset with myself for not following through with one of my goals. Plus, it was an expensive race to enter! (Is that a lame reason?) I guess I should go see a doctor to figure out what’s up with my foot and maybe he/she can refer me to someone and then it will all be better. I’m really tired of being in pain after I run, but part of me just wants to say “screw it” and run through it. I’m pretty sure that would be a bad idea though. At the same time, I don’t want to go to a doctor and have him/her tell me that I can’t dance for four to eight weeks. I don’t think I would be able to handle that. I suppose if a doctor were to tell me that I can dance and swim, but not run, I’d be ok.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Stories of coming back strong from an injury so I won’t feel like a cop-out?