Maryland Half Marathon

This is not a race recap.  It’s a spectator recap.

I decided to be smart and not run the race given my foot pain.  I’m 99% sure that what I have is peroneal tendonitis.  The peroneal tendons run from the bottom of the outer foot up behind the ankle bone.  My pain started in my outer foot and has since spread into my ankle and feels exactly like peroneal tendonitis is described.  No, I have not been to a doctor yet to confirm this because the pain has let up to a degree since I stopped running; I think this is an injury that will just take time to heal.  I don’t have any swelling and I can put weight on my foot.  The answer seems to be rest and ice.  So rest and ice is what I shall do. I’ve promised myself that I won’t run again until I’m pain-free (and if it starts to hurt badly again, I will call the doctor).

I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t completely bummed about missing the MD Half Marathon.  Zain and I walked hubby to the starting line – it doesn’t get much better than being able to walk to the race start from your front door.  It was a misty morning and I was thankful for the rain to hide my tears.  Don’t worry, I’m totally joking.  I was more angry than sad that I couldn’t run.  Stupid foot!

Hubby is ready to race

Runners lining up! It’s amazing to see so many runners out there running for a great cause

A misty morning – perfect weather for a race in my opinion!

On mommy’s back and ready to spectate

These guys are so fast, their feet don’t even touch the ground (the guy in the neon yellow was the winner)

Hubby is in there somewhere

We watched the runners as they went on their way and then headed back home.  Another awesome perk of having the race in our neighborhood – I could watch out my window for when the runners were looping back around into the ‘hood.  Zain and I went back outside to cheer on the super speedy runners.  The police on motorcycles leading the race even waved to Zain which pretty much made his day.  We saw the top male pass by with a huge lead.  Eventually, all the other speedy runners came by and Zain and I had a blast cheering for them.

We walked around the neighborhood a bit and cheered the runners on up some big hills.  I even promised them it was mostly downhill from there.  Some jokesters questioned my use of the word “mostly”.  What can I say? The MD Half is no joke when it comes to hills.  There’s a monster hill in the last mile before you head to the finish line.  It’s a beast and I run it all the time with the stroller.  I could feel their pain!

The picture really doesn’t do this hill justice

I was stoked when we saw hubby around mile 11.  Zain was so excited.  He kept yelling “Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!” After we saw him pass by, I quickly mixed him up a bottle of Nuun (I know – I am an awesome wife) and we headed up to the finish line to see him cross it.

Here he comes!

Off he goes to get that PR!

When we saw him headed to the finish with a big goofy grin on his face, I was so excited.  I looked at the clock and saw it said 2:05.  Hubby got a shiny new PR! He also got bloody nipples (I told him to put Body Glide on!), but we’ll focus on the positives.  His previous PR was from the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half where he finished in 2:09.  I’m so proud of him for setting a new PR on a seriously tough hilly course.

I’m so proud of my love!

I think Zain and I deserve some medals for our awesome cheerleading

Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to run with hubby!

We got to take a picture with Dozer.  Dozer escaped from his yard during last year’s race and ran most of the half marathon.  He ran alongside us for part of the race.  He didn’t run this year, but he was there to greet everyone.

Meeting Dozer! It appears that I’m terrified of the dog from the way I’m standing, but I just had to angle myself that way so you could see the little man on my back

Have you ever been a race spectator? What kind of things to you like to say to runners? My go-to lines were – great job/awesome job, looking strong out there runners, come on and push it up this hill, you’re almost there, etc.  I’m not very creative and I was running out of things to say!

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I’m no stranger to running injuries.  I dealt with some weird ones while I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon.  I say “weird” because my doctor couldn’t really put a name to my injury.  Basically, I had really terrible arch pain when I ran and in the end, I needed more arch support in my shoes.  A pretty simple solution, but it took a while to figure it out.

Leading up to the Baltimore Marathon and even more so while training for the Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Marathon, I had knee problems.  I was diagnosed with a typical case of runner’s knee.  I still have have it, but it’s not bad enough that I can’t keep running.  My left knee gets stiff and achy sometimes during my runs or afterward.  However, it rarely hurts bad enough to keep me from running.  There have been a handful of times I’ve had to skip a run or cut one short, but nothing too serious.

During my first attempt to run after the Iron Girl Half Marathon this past week, I had a sharp pain in my foot that was enough to stop me in my tracks.  I’ve never had pain like this while running.  It’s along the outside edge of my foot, just past my arch.  I literally could not run it hurt so bad during that first attempted run.  The odd thing was that I didn’t even have a hint of this pain before taking my first running steps.

The next day, I tried to run again.  I pushed myself through 2.4 miles, but I had to stop and walk several times when the pain got to be too much.  Ultimately, I had to stop completely because I was too uncomfortable.

I haven’t been to the doctor yet.  I know my mom is reading this and she’s going to call me in 5 minutes to tell me to call the doctor (right, mom?).  Since it came on so quickly, I want to see if maybe it will go away quickly too (I know that’s wishful thinking).  Consulting with Dr. Google, I have narrowed it down to 3 possibilities plantar fasciitis, peroneal tendonitis or stress fracture.  I don’t think it’s PF because I had a mild form of that in the past and this feels different.  Between peroneal tendonitis and a stress fracture, I think it’s most likely peroneal tendonitis – and that’s obviously what I’d rather it be.

I’m supposed to run the Maryland Half Marathon on Sunday and I cannot even express how excited I am for this race.  It was my first distance race last year since having Zain.  I was really looking forward to another race with my husband.  However, my stupid foot still flippin’ hurts.  It’s been sore since my short run on Wednesday.  It hurts if I stand or walk for too long.  I’d imagine 13.1 miles won’t feel so great.

I’m going to see how it feels tomorrow by going for a little test run; then I’ll decide if I’ll be up for Sunday’s race.  I’m honestly not feeling too optimistic.  I’m seriously bummed though since I had such a great race last weekend!

My saving grace for my runner’s knee has been KT Tape.  The patellar knee band did not work for me at all.  KT Tape applied with this runner’s knee application is amazing.  You sort of can see it on my knee in this picture:

KT Tape also has an application for peroneal tendonitis.  How perfect! Since that is my current self diagnosis, I taped my foot up this morning and will see if this helps throughout the day.

In the meantime, I have come to the conclusion that nothing makes you want to go for a run more than not being able to run.  I’m already going crazy, but I have no choice but to take it easy.  Since I hope to not entirely lose my fitness while I rest and figure out this issue, I’m going to head out for a bike ride with my 30lbs of cargo.

Would anyone else like to diagnose my mystery injury? :)

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