Sore feet

The waiting game

The BAA announced yesterday that for sure they would not be able to accept all runners who registered for the Boston Marathon.  They are crunching numbers and verifying finish times right now, and by Weds we’ll get to find out who made it in.  My mindset has switched from sad to disappointed, because I’m pretty sure I didn’t get in.  That lightens the blow some I guess.  But as I wait out this week, I have been finding a few things to entertain me.  Wednesday I met with some friends and we got to enjoy this awesome view on the water.  Wouldn’t that be great to see that view everyday?

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Wednesday also greeted me with the reality that a little pain in my foot on Monday was more than just a little pain.  Remember that great workout I had on Monday?  Oh, just a little too soon I guess.  And maybe not the best idea to try to keep up with the XC team.  AND, certainly not the best idea to go for a run on the pain on Tuesday, even though it was with my bestie and we haven’t run forever.  Although I very much enjoyed seeing her again and catching up with each other, it did my foot no good.  At this point, my best self diagnosis is that I have Sesamoiditis.

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When I say “best” self diagnosis, that means the one that looks like it is hopeful to heal on it’s own, and won’t require surgery.  I found many other scary diagnosis that range from removing bones to “it will never go away”, so I’m putting my money on the one that I found which will heal in the shortest amount of time.  And will allow me to still run.  But, if my foot is still feeling this way next week, I will be visiting my Dr for a session of this dialog:

  • Dr:  So, have you been running marathons?
  • Me: Yes!  And now I hurt myself again.
  • Dr:  Do you still have that boot?  Put it on, and you’ll need to stop running for 6 weeks and let it heal.
  • Me:  Ouch.  That hurts more than my foot, or getting rejected for the Boston Marathon!

It’s odd because my foot will hurt annoyingly a lot when I am lying in bed in the morning, after resting it.  It feels like someone is pushing on the spot with a pencil.  A very specific pinpointed pain.  Huh.  I guess that is from stretching my toes and some swelling?  Well, if anyone knows more about this issue, please leave me a comment!

Here’s another thing I’ve been doing to occupy my time lately.  Going to the gym!  I’ve always wanted to attend my gym on a regular basis for weight lifting during my training plan, but that never seems to happen.  But now I have new health insurance that will give me $20 in “health rewards” (good towards my insurance premium) if I go to the gym at least 8 times during the month.  What?  Sounds like a challenge to me!

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I’ve got to say I’ve been doing a great job considering I just started going after the marathon (the 14th) this month and I’ve already been to the gym 6 times.  I’ll make my goal after all.  I took this stealth selfie just to prove that I was actually working out.  So sly!!!!

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Q:  Have you ever had any running injury that required something more than just “stop running and rest it?”

Q:  If given that challenge, (I mean “opportunity!”), would it be easy for you to go to the gym 8 times a month?

If the gym was the primary place I worked out it would be no problem.  Too bad I can’t just turn in my Garmin logs and show them I’ve been running!  

Q:  Got any fun plans this weekend?

We are heading out camping this weekend.  Should be beautiful weather!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Why my husband needs to become a sports Dr.

So now that my husband has left the corporate life of computer programming, I think he needs to start a second chapter in life as a sports Dr.  Why?  So he can diagnose my never ending string of issues I’ve been having!!  This is assuming that a sports Dr. is also trained as a full Dr. and can help me with the other non-sports related issues.

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LOL! Sometimes I crack myself up!!!

Let’s recap my year thus far…

  • 4/20/15 – Trained for Boston 2015, had weird “top of foot pain” (fixed by lacing shoes differently), and knee pain (still occasionally bothersome, but steroid shot seems to have calmed this down).
  • 4/23/15 – Had stomach flu.  Thought I would die from it.  Luckily, only lasted a day or so.
  • 5/1/15 – Had oral surgery.  Spent 3 weeks in the most pain of my life.  Well, maybe my c-sections were worse, but I was a sleep deprived zombie with a beautiful baby, so it all worked out.
  • 5/26/15 – Developed rashes (plural!!) from poison ivy.  Still struggling with this issue.
  • 6/15/15 – Caught a cold.  Got clogged nose and sore throat.
  • 6/16/15 – Woke up with unexplained sore feet.

That brings us to today.  My clothes were all ready for me to get outside and run 8 miles.  No big deal.  But when I woke around 5am and got up to use the bathroom, I noticed that the pain which was on the right foot the night before, was now back on both feet!!  Thinking it probably wasn’t the best idea to run with this pain, I turned my early morning alarm off.

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What a shame these went unused… I even matched today!!

Here’s the things I could have (and should have) done when my early alarm went off:

  • Go for a bike ride
  • Clean up my office
  • Lift weights
  • Do abs and strength exercises

Here’s what I did:

  • Turn off alarm and sleep in
  • Felt like a lazy blob
  • Had crazy dreams that I had some major medical problem that would plague me for life
  • Woke up with arms that had fallen asleep and were numb, thus perpetuating dreams of major medical problem
  • Felt sorry for myself
  • Started my day with anger and disappointment

When I eventually got out of bed another thought it me – it was something Alan mentioned to me the other day – “maybe it’s plantar fasciitis?”  This idea scared me.  I did some research and the one thing I found in common was the pain getting worse while I slept.  But the location of the pain on my foot seems inconsistent with the other symptoms.

I found this graphic which was I had to bleep out the word because it was just too “R” for my PG blog 🙂  But it does illustrate my feelings.  I highlighted the area I am having problems with…

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Another condition I ran across a lot was Peroneal Tendonitis.  From this picture, the pain is definitely more on the peroneal tendon side than the plantar facsica side.

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I thought the website was a good source of information about the condition, although I just skimmed through it and saw “rest”, “ice”, “pain meds”, which is pretty common for any overuse running injury.

If you made it this far in my post give yourself a high-five!  Thanks for listening to my rant and I’ll try to do better to be more upbeat in the future, but this morning was a real bummer for me.  Time to refocus and get a grip on reality… even though this is the biggest thing in my world right now, there are far worse things going on.  Great things going on..

  • It’s Thursday, so it’s officially the start to my weekend!
  • Heading out camping tomorrow – fun family time!
  • Supporting Alan on his big race!  He’s going to do great, I just know it!

Finally, while editing that picture above (what, you thought that was a real Dr. picture??), I used this picture which technically is a TBT picture from 4 years ago at one of the early 5K’s for my kids.  Awwww, look at my kids!  Look at the matching outfits!  Look at our old school Asics shoes!!  (obviously before I was obsessed with colorful running shoes).  Both of the kids have cut 10 mins off their 5K times since this picture was taken.  Nice!!

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Q:  Any thoughts on the issues with my feet??

Q:  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Q:  5K race times… remember your first and your fastest?

My first was right around 30 mins and now I can run 24:57 mins.

Q: Any predictions on what Alan’s finish time will be for the 100 mile trail race?

I’m guessing it will be around 26 hours.  Give or take a few hours 🙂