Tuesday, February 26, 2008

When it rains, it pours

Well, I just can't seem to catch a break lately. I hurt my foot on Sunday, and now I can't run. I was 12 miles into my 15-mile long run (feeling great, by the way), and after stopping to have some water and a gel, I set out again for three more miles and suddenly my left foot just started hurting. It struck suddenly, and I had to pull up within a few steps and limp back home. Very lucky I was so close.

It hurts in a pretty concentrated spot on top of the foot just below the toes. At first it hurt just to put weight on it, especially when pushing off with the toes, but now I have to flex my toes in a weird way to make it hurt (I know, DON'T flex your toes in a weird way!), and I can walk fairly normally.

The good news is that it already seems to be improving, and I think another day of RICE might get me back into action. I've also been kneading and massaging the painful area, and it seems to be helping. All told, I might get away with only two days off from injury. I'm having my wisdom teeth pulled later this week, so I won't be doing much running then either...I guess this week was just meant to be the mother of all cutback weeks. I'm hoping it's just something that got out of alignment, or pinched, or something of that nature.

If the foot continues to improve, I'm hoping to try a short 3-4 mile run tomorrow, then Thursday and most likely Friday off, then a run on Saturday. Last year around this time I took six straight days off from a combination of sickness and weather, and that wasn't the end of the world. As long as this weird foot thing isn't anything serious, I think I am going to be fine. Hopefully the run tomorrow goes well!
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