I went to the doctor today. I say “trip” because my doctor is just over an hour drive away. That’s life when you live in a small town. My foot has been feeling better, but definitely is not 100%. He gave me a cortisone shot – using my MRI images and a fancy X-ray machine to insure he got the shot exactly smack dab IN the tendon that is causing the most pain. A lot has changed since my last cortisone shot sometime in the 90′s when the doc just jabbed a needle in my knee and hoped for the best!
The thought/hope is that this shot will give my foot the final burst it needs to fully heal. So no more boot (hallelujah 5.5 weeks was looooong) and SLOOOOOWLY add in activity. After a few days of babying the foot to heal from the shot, he wants me to start walking, biking, and adding in strengthening exercises to strengthen my foot and beef up my scrawny calf muscle resulting from the boot. If all goes well, I can start running in 4 weeks.
If all does not go well, the next step would be arthroscopic surgery. I did get a copy of my MRI from last month and if my foot is not healing, I do plan to get another opinion when back in Chattanooga for Christmas.
This whole processes is taking so much longer than I ever imaged. The thought that it will be 2014 before I run is slightly terrifying. Yet what a what to [hopefully] start out a new year!!!!!
Filed under injury, running
Normally receiving this in the mail would fill me with the excited/nervous butterflies and I’d be jumping out of my skin with excitement. Yes, I’ve known I was confirmed for Boston 2014, there is just something about seeing it so official like this.
I am [attempting to] hold my plans for Boston loosely. Will I be be able to run a marathon by April 21? It won’t be a PR marathon for sure – there are not enough days in the calendar to be able to train in order to be a potential PR race. Even though I’ve already paid the $175 entry fee, will it be worth the expense to travel there? We’ve definitely decided that if I am healthy and can run (or even run/walk) the marathon, we will go. 2014 is going to be an intense, powerful, beautiful year for the Boston Marathon. I want to be apart of it.
And for inspiration … here I am kicking it to the finish of the Seaside Half Marathon back in March in route to my PR or 1:27:22. I will heal and run fast again! :)
A year ago from right now I was running in the Pensacola Marathon. Albeit a rough marathon, it was still my PR (3:25:32).
And today I am in a boot not able to run. That’s sad.
Granted there was a lot more good in between 1 year ago and today (PRs at 5K, 10K, 15K, and half marathon). It’s been quite a year. Just not ending as I envisioned.
I have to remind myself that I am still young (33) and I still have time to run more PRs.
No running, biking, or elliptical definitely creates a problem when it comes to cardio. I’ve spent plenty of time grumbling, complaining, moping, pouting, feeling lost … but reality hits me every time I breathe. Yes it sucks not running. I hate that word [sucks] but some things just SUCK. [yet as I said in my last post - how blessed am I that what sucks the most for me right now is a damn boot on my foot and that fact that I can't run]
So making the best of it. This is my attempt to maintain some sort of fitness. And to still fit into my clothes. To not get chubby. I’m going to the gym to lift weights and do core stuff – I go, then take 2 days off, go again. Every other day feels like too much weights. Here’s the deal … I move from machine to machine, taking no down time in between sets, doing 3 sets of 12-20 on each machine I do. If the machine I want is full I move to something else and go back to it. No standing around! I end with core exercises. I’m wearing the heart rate monitor for accountability to keep my heart rate up as much as possible. It’s about a 30 minute workout – by then my arms and legs are pure jello and have the shake thing going on!
So while I am not running, I am working my muscles and in reality, working muscles that are often neglected. That ought to be good for something!
Filed under injury, running
I finally had my MRI on Wednesday. I had really been praying that the doctor would have a definitive diagnosis with a definitive plan to move forward to get me back running as soon as possible. Well, that wasn’t in the cards for me. Basically, my tendons are very inflamed and it will take time and rest to heal. Worst words ever to a runner. So I am in a monster boot until I go back on December 2nd. No running. No biking. No elliptical. No single leg toe touches. No squats. None of the get strong glutes stuff I had been doing. No nothing that puts any sort of pressure on the back of my foot.
Basically, as the doc and I talked, it was clear we were both frustrated – this injury doesn’t make sense and there is no real reason for why. The only thing I can think of is that I had just started doing speed again – and on the treadmill, I jumped right back in at the pace where I left off in early June. Perhaps that was too much? I was doing fewer reps, but perhaps I should have done them a bit slower at first. Perhaps. Maybe. Who knows.
I left the doctor with a sense of dread. On a practical level – I have 3 young kids! How will it work with this huge thing on my foot?! I was also mad/sad/scared. I came home and wallowed for a while. But as I processed and prayed, I knew I couldn’t keep wallowing. I couldn’t for myself – and I couldn’t for my family. I love running and it is a huge part of my life. Yet I love my family more! (that should be an obvious statement!!) So I am choosing to be thankful. I am choosing to be joyful. I am praying that God enables me to focus on all the things in my life that are amazing!
It all hit home on Thursday (day after the MRI) when I found out that a neighbor/friend of ours’ 8 year old daughter has tumors all in her belly. They are still running more tests to figure out how bad it is – but it’s bad. As I cried and prayed for their sweet little girl, I also kept saying “thank-you Jesus that all I have is a boot on my foot.”
So that is the perspective I am seeking to keep. Even though it is still hard not to wallow.
I could just insert this picture …
and say no more. That’s what I feel like doing. But I’ll give the update as of this morning.
I ran Monday per the original plan with the doctor. An easy 1.5 miles. That’s more of a jog than a run. And I do not like being called a jogger! I am runner. [but that is a side point]
My foot was feeling a lot better, but wasn’t 100%. Perhaps I should not have run. I am stubborn. I wanted to run. SO I did. And it hurt. I was a miserable mess afterwards. Not the blissful mental image I had of my 1st run after a break.
Since that run, my foot has been hurting even when I’m walking around, and when I drive. That wasn’t the case before. My follow up appointment wasn’t until Oct 28, but given that my foot hurt more I called and they had an opening this morning.
The doc put me in a boot to really take the pressure off my tendons and he’s ordered an MRI. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it next Mon, Tues or Wed, before I leave town for a long weekend.
He thinks it’s some type of impingement but without the MRI, he’d be treating me blindly. When I asked about possible treatments, he very much reiterated that we don’t know yet without seeing the MRI (I think he was trying not to freak me out!) He said it could be as simple as an injection, but some times surgery is needed. I’m not letting myself “go there” mentally in terms of thinking about surgery/recovery from it.
This week has definitely been tough as I’ve had to transition my thoughts from I’ve got this little issue to I’m injured and we need to figure it out. Running is my outlet and it’s gotten more and more tough with that outlet being gone. Going to the gym isn’t the same for me – I go to the gym to ensure I can still button my shorts and in hopes that I won’t be a complete jiggly slug once I start running again!! I run because I love it. I think clearer, pray better, and release all my stress and emotion.
Thankfully I’ve been a very healthy runner and am not used to being injured. If anyone has any tips, please share!
I am not running. And over all I am not handling it well. Turns out what I thought was a sore achilles is not my achilles at all. Not running wasn’t helping it get any better, so I decided to go to the doctor. The issue appears to be bone next to my achilles rubbing my tendons, causing the pain. The doctor said take 2 weeks of not running, not even the elliptical. He gave me exercises to do to hopefully strengthen everything in my ankle, thus taking pressure off the bone.
That was 11 days ago. It had been about 2 weeks of no running before I went to the doctor. It’s been 29 days. The doc gave me a target date to try to run of this Monday (Oct 7).
So here’s the deal – my foot feels a lot better – but I know it is not 100% better. In an attempt to let it fully heal, I’ve even laid off the elliptical and bike. I’m wrestling with whether I should try to run starting Monday or hold off until it is 100%.
Signing up for Boston while dealing with an injury has been a roller coaster. And it has definitely added to my anxiety level of feeling like I have to run!!!
And as I said, I am not handling this well. Running truly is my outlet. And with that outlet taken away, it is hard not to feel grumpy and lethargic. Or anxious with the aforementioned Boston!
All that said, I have done a decent amount of strength work over the past month. I figured this would be a good time to focus on my glutes, core, hamstrings and arms. I want to develop a good routine of these exercise and then maintain it once I start running. Intentions are always so grand.