“Remember when you didn’t have to worry about some physical injury or ailment from running? Remember how fun it was to run?”
I was thinking those words the other day when I was hobbling around the house. Trying to figure if I should get ice, tape or both.
I had finished my long run and even after a day and a half of resting I was in pain. I was having trouble walking and started to think of my good marathons.
When I came across the finish line of my first marathon the first responders that were at the finish to help haggled runners looked at me and asked if I was okay. I was so choked up. I had just run a marathon! I was so happy!
I was sore for a couple of days, but was back running (happily!) pretty quickly.
Same for the second marathon. So excited to just run! I dropped 15 minutes off my marathon time. And it all felt so good!
The first time I felt foot pain was after The Love Run Half Marathon in 2015. It was so cold that day! I got my Half Marathon Personal Record of 1:46. But halfway through the race I looked down at my feet – why were they hurting so much this time?
I got through my next marathon and races pretty much the same way. A little more achy and a little more pain in my feet. Until I reached the breaking point.
In August 2015 I developed a heel spur from plantar fasciitis and was told by the doctor I had to stop running.
I did the best I could to sit and then cut my mileage down. I sat out of all my races for one year, including the Philly Marathon 2015 and the Love Run 2016 (both of which I was registered for) in order to run the 2016 Delaware Marathon.
I ran the Delaware Marathon. I got the first half in around 1:55. By the time I reached mile 17 I was in so much foot pain. But there was only one way to the end. I was going to finish. I hobbled across the line with a time of 4:22.
Over the summer my bad foot got better. Yay!
In the past 2 months of half marathons and long runs, my good foot got worse.
It is now in my “good foot” I am experiencing the most pain. I have developed plantar fasciitis in it, and I feel the same heel spur pain as I have felt before in my other foot. I can point directly to where the nail is going in my foot when I walk. I have tried to compensate my stride, and the muscle along the side of my foot is inflamed. There is a sharp pain over the top of my foot with each running stride I take after about a mile. It is in my “I am not a doctor” opinion I have developed a stress fracture.
My foot is a mess.
Time to make the hard decision.
My plan to run my next marathon has gone up in smoke.
In order to not give up running completely, I am going to have to give up long distance running for awhile.
That means, no marathon.
I could wake up one day before November 20th and feel GREAT! I could go for a run and feel GREAT! If that happens, I am mentally ready to show up come marathon day. But if not, I am going to take it easy. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles on this messy foot.
I am registered for The Love Run 2017 and hope to feel better then. I hope to run the Delaware Marathon in May.
But in the meantime, I believe I am going to have to sit this one out.
So I can run pain and injury free again. To feel the happiness and fun of a good run!
I can’t wait!