Disclaimer: if you’ve had any kind of injury or other health problem that has kept you from running for 6-8 weeks or longer, I’m sorry that I’m being a whiny brat about a 1 week break from running.
First of all, I have to say – do as I say, not as I do. I did not bother going to the doctor for my recent injury. For every running injury I’ve had in the past, I’ve been checked out by the doctor. I didn’t go this time because although I was in enough pain not to run, my pain was not severe. I’m also not training for anything so I’m okay with taking some time to let my body heal while trying not to stress about it.
The pain from my foot/ankle injury has been fading away more and more every day. I had planned to give myself until tomorrow to attempt running. As of yesterday, it had been a week since I last ran and I was ANTSY. It’s not like I’ve been a diehard runner all of my life and not running was totally foreign to me. I’ve had plenty of times when I’ve taken weeks or months off from running without much thought. There are 2 differences this time: 1. With the races I’ve trained for and run in the past year, I feel like I’ve made a bigger commitment to running than ever before. 2. When you can’t do something, you only want to do it more. True story.
Since I was so antsy yesterday, I decided to allow myself a little test run on the treadmill while Zain napped. I planned to stop at even the slightest twinge of pain. I thought the treadmill was my best bet over a stroller run so that I could stop immediately if necessary and focus on my form. I invested in some KT Tape Pro which was an excellent idea because I feel like it supported my foot and ankle even better.
I planned to just run a mile. Well, that mile felt pretty darn good so I figured I’d run just one more. And then one more. I forced myself to stop at 3.25 so I didn’t overdo. I iced my foot and ankle after I got off the treadmill and I didn’t have any pain. I had the tiniest bit of tightness in my ankle, but nothing serious. I didn’t have any pain as the day progressed and no pain today. Yay!
I’m still going to take it easy for a while since I don’t have any races to worry about at the moment. I’m going to try to stick to just running every other day for the next week or so until I’m confident that my injury is behind me.
I’m very pleased to confirm I made a very important discovery on my run yesterday. I have had this notion in my head for years that if I take more than 2 or 3 days off from running, I will completely lose all my fitness and my muscles will turn to mush. I don’t know why I felt that way and I don’t believe there’s any scientific evidence to prove that. Thankfully, yesterday I found that I could still run 3 miles without stopping and I didn’t feel like I was going to die. I’m glad I proved my silly theory wrong.
I do believe what I had was a mild form of peroneal tendonitis based on the area of pain. I say mild because it didn’t last long. I have a feeling I know what caused it. When I ran the Iron Girl Half Marathon, I wore my Saucony Kinvaras. I had trained quite a bit in them and I love them dearly, but I’m afraid they might be the culprit. I have high arches and they don’t seem to support my feet enough. That’s what I get for straying from my beloved Mizunos. And on that note, here’s my favorite professional picture from the Iron Girl half:
And this one just makes me laugh. I threw my arms up above my head as I crossed the finish line and the photographer captured them on their way back down. Combined with my feet not touching the ground, I really do look like I’m flying over the finish line: