Confession

Catchy post title, no? It was either that or Inflammation. I went with confession because well, it’s just more intriguing.

Soooooo….what do I have to confess?

It’s time I came clean to everyone about my running lately. You all know I took a three week break after VCM. I’ve been slowly trying to build up my mileage over the last two weeks.

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I admitted that things haven’t been perfect. What I didn’t tell you is that my right foot has still been bothersome. I continued to run on it even though it didn’t feel right. I didn’t have any pain with running, just an ache that was noticeable on the side and around my ankle. No swelling. No bruising. I had convinced myself that it would go away with time. After  a run one morning last week that really stunk, I decided it was time. I had enough. I needed to see my sports medicine doctor for an X-Ray. I’ve been hearing/seeing way too many runners with similar issues in a boot from a stress fracture. My biggest fear was the boot. I fear the boot.

I got in the same day that I called for an appointment. X-rays were done first before I saw the doctor. He listened to my story (shoes, blisters, gait altering, marathon training, etc) and began to push and prod trying to reproduce the pain. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Which is something I told him. There’s no tender spot. Just achy spots. However, as he got to the bottom of my foot, the Plantar Fasciitis, there was a slight little tender spot. What? Where did that come from? I haven’t felt anything there at all.

The good new is that my x-ray came out fine. The bad news? I got the generic diagnosis of inflammation of the foot. A very broad diagnosis. So where does this leave me? I walked out of the office with a prescription for Naproxen and an appointment for a gait analysis with a physical therapist. He actually asked me if it was OK for me to not run for a couple of weeks. My response was laughing. He didn’t get it.

So my conscious is clean now. I’m trying to be a good girl and not run. It really sucks since I had big plans for my summer running. It doesn’t look like a 5k or any trail running will be happening just yet. Till this issue is cleared up, I’ll be on my bike and finding other ways to get my runner’s high. Boo.

Cycling by the water - happyfitmama.comI like cycling but it’s not the same. Yesterday as I rode, I passed quite a few runners. My jealousy levels were through the roof!

I’m still stretching my foot, calf and Soleus religiously and have added the Rubz ball as much as possible. Even though I haven’t had any issues with Plantar Fasciitis, I’m not taking any chances. Definitely don’t need to add that to my ailments!

Rubz ball - happyfitmama.com

Do you have a confession? Feel free to let it out in the comments. ;)

**Please note that my foot issue is not stemming from testing the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. It was a problem even before I got those. My feet really did feel good running in them!**

30 comments on “Confession

  1. I’m so sorry about your general injury. Broad diagnosis are so frustrating!

    My confession…clean eating at parties and summer BBQs is not my strength. Must try harder to make better choices.

  2. Well that stinks! Really sorry to hear it. I totally get that jealous feeling when you watch other runners…been there and it’s hard. I hope all your approaches help and that your lay off is short!

    Love that line, “I fear the boot.” Can’t blame you!
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  3. Ugh! Sorry to hear that you’re sidelined. I completely understand the runner-jealousy. I tore a calf muscle in March and it was really hard to watch my friends finishing a race that I was supposed to be running. I hope you’re back out there soon! Hang in there.
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  4. Sorry to hear you’re off your feet for a few weeks! But better to catch it early and prevent a more serious injury that could sideline you for even longer. When I was training for my first marathon, I didn’t even make it to the starting line. I had a major IT band issue the WEEK before my race and ended up in PT and no running for months. It was devastating and I suffered from running envy something fierce. It did teach me a big lesson on listening to my body and how NOT to overtrain.
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  5. So, so frustrating… I am scared of getting another injury and find myself holding back in some of my running, and then wondering if I could have/should have done more… it’s such a tough balance! I guess it’s good it’s summer? Lots of other outdoor ways to stay active… hang in there!
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  6. I went through similar issues in May! I had some mild PF and tried to convince myself it wasn’t a big deal for awhile. After a simple change in shoes, I started seeing improvement immediately. I still have some mild inflamation that is healing, but there is hope! Glad you are boot free and hopefully the gait analysis will do the trick!
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  7. Hi! Stopping by from SITSSummer and glad I did so! My husband just convinced me to do a Tough Mudder with him and his friends and wives. I am sO OUT OF SHAPE and terrified! I’ll be looking through your stuff, but if you have any tips for me, I’d love to hear them!
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  8. Oh no!!! So sorry your foot is messed up! Mine is too. My left ankle has been hurting for about 3 months now and has been bruised for about 1 month. I haven’t gone to the dr, but my chiropractor believes it is probably a stress fracture. I am biking too because my chiro told me to not run :/ I am suppose to start training for my second 1/2 marathon next month! I’m going to give it a month of doing low impact exercise (biking) to see if the bruise goes away and if it doesn’t, I guess I’ll go what’s going on :/ I totally hear ya on being jealous of the runners! I want to run so bad! I am actually going to be bad and run a 5k this weekend that I signed up for months ago…hopefully that doesn’t do my ankle in!
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  9. I’m so sorry! You must be so frustrated and I hope you are able to work with the PT to get everything feeling better again.

    Nothing juicy over here. I’m a little bummed that I’m not feeling better and getting more discouraged as the days pass. I’m trying not to dwell on things, but it’s hard. Looking forward to getting back on the road, that’s for sure.
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  10. My running break is ruining all of my summer running plans, too — so frustrating! I’m glad your X-ray came out clean though. Hopefully you’ll be back at it soon!

  11. Boo!! I’m sorry and that totally stinks. I have never wanted to run more than when someone told me that I couldn’t. I hope that it starts to feel better soon! I do have a confession too. My left hamstring seriously has been a pain in my butt for pretty much the whole year. I know that I should just not run or do yoga or anything and just let it heal but I can’t seem to bring myself to do that. And plus, I just got a new Garmin for my bday…
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  12. Oh man! Injuries are no good…so sorry to hear that! I hear you on the cycling part…when I’m doing anything other than running and see a runner I wish I was running like them. Maybe it’s a good time to hit the weights more! I hope you’re able to deal with the injury okay. Take care and keep your spirits up!
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  13. I am so sorry about your foot! How frustrating! I hope it clears up soon. I know this sounds coo coo but try taking large doses of Omega 3′s, it has been helping my migraines, my dr. suggested it for it’s an anti inflammatory effect. Confession: When I was running track tonight a very loud, you know what slipped out in front of many people..LOL! I was forced to fess up.. it was that loud, I had to take ownership..hahaha!
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