So…..remember that great weekend I had? I may have pushed things just a little far. Post-race on Saturday I felt lovely. On Sunday, I had some mild foot pain, specifically in my right big toe area. Monday, I woke up to pain every time I took a step forward. I went right ahead and ignored it, working out Monday night to my favorite Jillian Michaels’ DVD. And Tuesday, I cried after a day of teaching and walking all day. Wednesday, I took myself to the ER to make sure nothing was broken.
Now, given my intelligence and my experience with running, you would think that I would have this whole “don’t push too hard” thing figured out. Nope, not a chance in hell. When I sat down to think about how I hurt myself, I reviewed the data and realized what an idiot I had been. In one week’s time I ran hill repeats, some Yasso 800s, a 9 mile long run and a 5K PR. And, maybe for someone more experienced, all of that would have been a good idea. But, given my tendency to injury, and this only being my second attempt at marathon training, I created the perfect storm for hurt.
Thankfully, the doctor confirmed that nothing is actually broken. With my description of the pain, she advised that I had probably bruised some bone and needed to rest, ice and elevate for the short-term. She also prescribed an anti-inflammatory drug, similar to Aleve, that I can take twice a day. Today, after truly resting for only two days, I am feeling better. Mentally, I’m facing the fear that I’m missing a week of my training and that I’m losing whatever fitness gains I’ve made over the past few months. I’m also afraid of that first run after being hurt, which I’ll attempt Saturday. What if I go out there and I’m still in pain? For right now, I’m telling myself that the week of missed training is not going to sabotage my race. I’m also telling myself that my world will not end if my plans for this race have to get changed. But, the doubt and worry creep in. I read a great article today by Jay Johnson on Active.com that reminded me of the perspective I need to work on. Also, a fellow Rite Aid Marathon blogger, Christian, shared some great ideas on his blog this week as well.
What about you? Have you ever faced injury and struggled with forcing yourself to rest? What advice do you have for me and other runners faced with injury? Please share!