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Friday, December 7, 2012

I don't want to be injured...

...but I think I am. This is the day I've always dreaded!
 I read other blogs about runners being injured and always felt so bad for them and thought that I just can't imagine taking weeks off from running, like they have to do. 

Well, after this run on Saturday:
The left, outer part of my foot started hurting. I always usually ignore aches and pains, that's just part of being a runner, I thought. Monday I ran 3 miles, still aching foot, but not unbearable.
Wednesday, still sore foot, but I had 5 miles scheduled, and I had to do it. 
 Well, I made it 4.5 miles and couldn't go on any longer. Every step was a THROBBING pain. I know I shouldn't have even gone for that run, but I can't NOT run!

  I googled my symptoms, and self diagnosed myself with Peroneal Tendonitis. The Peroneal tendons run along the outside of the ankle, just behind the fibula bone. It occurs from overuse, trying a new activity or increasing your activity, which irritates and inflames the tendons, causing them to enlarge and swell.
  
 So, I have been wearing this pretty thing. (It belongs to my stepson, so a little small for my foot!)
 It has really been helping a lot, but it's still painful to walk. 
The good news: Patients usually recover fully, with no surgery, but it can take considerable time, and you have to be patient to allow the tendons to heal. This can take several weeks!!

  And another thing...my knee on that leg is also messed up, and has been for several months. It used to be real painful, but now it doesn't hurt much anymore, I can just feel something moving around in there, with every step I take- which feels really creepy! 

  I will be going to the Dr soon, I promise!
But tomorrow I was planning on running 15 miles!! I have to do it. I'm terrified of getting out of the habit of running. I have ran consistently since July. My only days off have been my scheduled days off. Even after my half marathon's, I only took the following day off.
I'm scared I'll gain all the weight back that I worked SO hard to lose. 
I'm scared I'll lose my love for running.
I'm scared I'll go back to being the overweight, unhealthy person I was. 
  The irrational part of me says to just push through it, it's better than going backwards! But I know that's stupid.
 I'm going to wait until the morning, and see how my foot is feeling. Maybe I can at least get a few miles in!

 Have you ever thought running was supposed to be good for you, but instead you're falling apart?



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  1. Oh Katie! I am SO sorry! That is awful that your foot is not feeling good! Hugs to you!
    I will be praying for swift and total healing for your foot and your knee!
    Getting injured is one of my biggest fears. I don't know how I could make myself stop running and wait to be healed, but being HEALTHY is about taking those rest days.....even though they drive me crazy!!
    Don't worry- running is a part of you and it's not going to go away if you have to take time off for an injury! You are a RUNNER and it'll always be there for you when you feel back to 100%!

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    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! It's always been one of my biggest fears too. Thank you for the encouragement. :)

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  2. That is exactly what happened to me after my first half marathon!! Go to a podiatrist they will put on a wrap that is medicated. I had one for a few days but it got wet. After that I kept using Solonpas pads (the one with the anti inflammatory in it not just for pain) and wrapping it with an ace bandage. It took 2-3 weeks before I could run again.

    Please do not run on it tomorrow. I know that fear, I had it I am a lazy person and I need a schedule to keep going but it will hurt and might get worse as you use your other foot too much to compensate for the injured one. You are not lazy and you will be back in your running shoes soon!!

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    1. I didn't know this happened to you too! Ugh- 2-3 weeks? I was hoping that wasn't going to be the case for me! I will get some solonpas, I've heard about them. Ok, I will not run tomorrow, even though it's gonna kill me! :)

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    2. Make sure they are the ones with the anti inflammatory in them....a bit harder to find here in NY but they had them in Rite Aid and CVS! Also take Aleve if it is OK for your belly!

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  3. You remind me so much of me back when I've had injuries that I have to comment. My first injury was a fracture to my foot. I've had 2-3 other running injuries since then and all I can say is that the elliptical, bike and swimming pool became my new friends. When I was injured from running for 2-3 weeks, I had someone teach me how to swim freestyle. I don't know how you feel about swimming but when I started I had a deathly fear of lakes, oceans, ponds, etc. I even got a little crazy swimming in the deep end for too long but 1 year later and I've completed to half Ironman swims in open water. Swimming is a HUGE HUGE way to strengthen your body and still keep the weight off! Even if you can't swim, get a water belt and jog in the deep in. It's a pretty good work out!

    No fear though, you'll heal and be back to running in no time. That feeling though of not running and putting the weight back on can be daunting. If you can't swim, can you cycle? That's a quick way to burn some serious calories :)!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Coy! It's nice to hear from someone who has been through it. I actually do like to swim, there is a pool about 10 mins from my house, but I just don't know if I could fit that in. That is amazing that you went from being scared, to finishing Ironmans! Wow!
      I do have a spin bike, which hasn't been used in a couple years. I guess I'll dust that thing off and put it to use. You're right, at least I'll still be burning lots of calories!

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that your hurting! Being injured sucks, there's just no other word for it. The best thing to do though is to not run, no matter how much you want to. To try and train through an injury can lead to a potentially worse injury down the line. Aqua jogging and cycling are great ways to cross train. I know how frustrating this is, and the temptation to push through is strong. The thing I always ask myself in these situations is "Do I want to run just today or do I want to run for the rest of my life?" The answer is always the same, I want to run the rest of my life. Go to the doctor, rest, cross train, and try to stay positive. You've worked so hard and will only come back from this stronger. Good luck and get well soon!

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    1. That's a question I definitely need to ask myself! And the answer is I want to run for the rest of my life too. I'll just get back on my spin back (which I haven't been on in years), until I can run again. Thanks, Maureen!

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  5. Oh no! You poor thing :( I hope you get to a doctor soon and that they can do something to help you out. As for the running, I know you don't want to it cause neither would I, but my advice is to stay off your foot, at least until you know for sure what is going on. You don't want to aggravate the injury and make it worse. I had to take a few days off intense exercise last week and it wasn't easy but you'll get through it. Maybe focus on strength training for now? I know that helped me!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. I definitely don't want to make it worse by pushing myself even more. I guess if you can get through it, I can too! I do a lot of strength training, and will keep on doing that!

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  6. Go get active release therapy (ART) asap! I swear it's like magic! I had a tendon injury when I started running and went to see an active release therapist (who I still see at the very first twinge of an injury, including the one I just got during my marathon. I went from not walking to walking perfectly the day after seeing her. No joke! ) and she cleared up old scar tissue from injuries that I had years before when I was a ballet dancer. Amazing. An ART person may also be able to figure out why it happened in the first place (muscle imbalances, et.) and help you prevent it from happening again. Also, this is my favorite, go-to site http://sock-doc.com/ his approach to health and healing from injury are different from most, but I've had a lot of success remaining injury free since taking much of his advice. Best of luck to you... you WILL get through this and you'll come back even stronger! Don't worry about getting out of the habit of running... sounds like you've got the "running bug" ;) It'll be there for you when you're better.

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    1. I've never heard of ART, but it sounds like what I need! That is amazing that you went from not walking, to walking the next day after it! I would like to know WHY it happened. I've always thought I was doing everything right, but maybe not! I'll check out that site too, thanks so much, girl!

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  7. So so sorry to hear that you are hurting! I will say much of the same as all the others who have posted - you should not run on your foot until you know that all is well. You will cross-train and you will keep moving forward and before you know it you will be back to running - better than ever! I know this will happen because you are strong and determined and those things are not going to change because you have an injury. I hope that your foot and knee heal quickly. Best of luck! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Denise. You have no idea how much your words have encouraged me. :)

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  8. Oh no, I'm so sorry! Definitely step back until your foot is healed completely- you don't want months off! Find out what cross training you are allowed to do (spinning? swimming? pilates? elliptical?) and maintain some level of activity. You won't gain back all the weight, but I know it feels like you will. Your body will adjust to the change in calories burned. Hope it's a VERY short recovery!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! I think I would die if I wasn't able to be active somehow! ;) I'll most likely just get back on my spin bike until I can run again, which hopefully won't be long!

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  9. So sorry that you are in pain. I have definitely been there! Don't push it when it's hurting that bad. If it still hurts when you just walk on it, that's not a good sign for running on it. Cross training is your friend right now!

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    1. Usually when I'm injured, I try to cross train for the same amount and intensity that I would have been running. So if 10 miles would take 1:40, I would bike that long. Just an idea!

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    2. Thank you, Lisa! That's a great idea about cross training the same amount of time, as when I'm running. I will be getting out my spin bike and putting that thing to good use!

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  10. REST REST REST!!! I'm so sorry about your injury! :( BUT, if you continue to push through it, it may end up getting worse and putting you out of running for way longer than if you take the time now to heal up! I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers!! Heal quickly!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Z! I will take some time off, I sure don't want to make it worse, that really wouldn't be worth it!

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  11. I'm so sorry about your foot. Please be careful and don't push it if you are still in pain. Take the time you need to heal.

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  12. OH NO!!! Not sure if you should run tomorrow! I know you do not want to hear that either. I totally relate to this post. I rely on running to keep my weight in control too!! How about getting in a good strength training session tomorrow and rest from running until you can see the doctor!!

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    1. I will focus on strength training and I'll get back on my spin bike this week! It's just going to seem very strange to not go for a run, but it's what I have to do!

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about your foot but you most likely should not run till you see a doctor and he can tell you whats going on. You can hurt it worse if you don't wait and be out for months instead of weeks.
    I understand the going backwards thing since my 15K I have been going backwards not eating correctly and I have basically stopped running only 4 miles this week...but injury is different the mindset and lone is still there. Just keep eating healthy and doing what you can workout wise...ask your doctor for some tips they should have them.
    GOODLUCK!!!

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    1. Thanks, Felicia! You need to get out there and start running again! Not being able to, has made me appreciate it more now!!

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  14. The sooner you see a doctor the sooner you can start to heal :) You've come so far to throw in the towel, I don't think you'll do that at all! Take it easy and smart

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I plan on going to the dr this week, hopefully tomorrow!

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  15. I am so sorry you are injured. Please be carefully and take it easy. I tried to push myself through my injury and ended up hurting it even worse. I know time of running sucks, but if you rest and recover now you'll miss less time in the long run.

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    1. That sounds like something I would do, push myself and make it worse. Well, that is what I did too! Very good advice! :)

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  16. New reader from Running With Spatula's -
    Your daily mile widget is giving the game away that you ran this weekend. It's good that you didnt do the 15 miler but it would be better if you rested and took time off to heal completely (and saw a doctor ;-)
    I've just started back from a stress fracture on the knee - the doc's advice was to go to crutches for about 4 weeks - something I most definitely did not want to hear and it was hard to spend the fall months not running but it's better to be healed and back to running safely than make matters worse.
    Don't worry about the weight coming back on - as long as you do some exercise - like others suggested, the bike or swimming and keep active you'll be fine. After all you've learnt the lessons of eating properly and exercising - you're not going to throw that away in a few weeks resting.
    The worst thing is giving up icecream for a while ;-)

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    1. Hey Andy! I actually didn't run this weekend. I decided to be smart about it, and not make it worse. For some reason, on the blog, DM always says 1 day ago, or 1 hour ago, even if it was 2 weeks ago. But if you click on it and open it up, it'll show you exactly when it was done, in my case- 5 days ago! I'm sorry about your stress fracture. Taking 4 weeks off would be SO hard! I do plan on staying active though. And give up icecream? Impossible! ;)

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  17. Hope you feel better soon! I had to switch out my older shoes for newer ones this week because my knee and foot was bothering me. I think if you do non-running workouts as others have suggested, like swimming, you will be ok.

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    1. Thank you! I just recently got new shoes, and they make a huge difference. I never realized how important good running shoes are!

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  18. I hope your foot gets better soon, I agree with Coy, make elliptical and biking your new best friends while you heel up, they are non weight baring exercises that allow you to stay fit while recovering, maybe even consider running in the pool if you have access to one

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    1. I don't have access to a pool, but will do other things to keep my activity level up. Thank you!

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  19. Oh gosh. You poor thing. Yes - I have had that thought. I had stress fractures summer of 2009 and 2010. I didn't lose my love for running but was so frustrated that I couldn't, and I did eat my emotions. What exercises can you still do with the boot?

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    1. Ugh, I can't believe you went through that twice! No fun. Well, I can take off the boot for the bike and strength training. It's already feeling a lot better, I can't wait to get back out there!

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  20. Oh no hope you feel better soon! Gotta love running...so awesome...but hurts us so!

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  21. This post just terrified me! I'm soooooooo sorry about your foot and I hope the Dr. has good news. For the past few weeks, my foot has been hurting in the exact same spot; outside of my left foot. I've been trying to baby it, pamper it, ignore it but the pain hasn't gone away. :(

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    1. Oh Gina, you've got to go to the dr! I really wish I had gone earlier, but like you, I thought it would just go away too! Instead, I made it worse. Go!! :)

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