“Just slow it down, ok?”

I haven’t run since my birthday run on Sunday. This week is the first week I have deviated from my marathon schedule, missed runs, and it has been humbling, devastating, and motivating. I mentioned that my foot felt a little funny during the last bit of the 21 miles, but it wasn’t until I couldn’t walk on it or put any weight on it that I realized something was wrong. 

I took it really easy on Monday, taking a natural “active recovery” day, and I couldn’t walk any more than from the gym to my car without my right foot being in serious pain. DEVASTATING. I didn’t run on Tuesday (read; I couldn’t) so instead I went to school, was in tears attempting to walk across campus in pain, and made my way to the walk-in clinic to have my foot checked out, as my regular family physician is on holidays (rude, I know). 

Ok, I am switching doctors. The physician I saw at the walk-in was AMAZING. I explained when the pain started, what I was doing, what I am currently training for, and pretty much vented my life story in 43 seconds. He felt my foot, assessed where the pain was, left the office, and came back with a stack of papers and prescriptions… actually, only 3 papers 😉

First, he said he was sending me for an X-Ray no matter what… just to be safe. He told me that the 5th metatarsal (the bone along the outside of your foot) is easily broken, but considering my pain was along the whole bone, he suspected it was just strained ligaments. I really appreciated his thoroughness because eradicating my fear of a stress fracture or bone injury was my main reason for going to the doctor. I got to have my FIRST X-ray in my entire life on Tuesday!

The second piece of paper listed two prescriptions for me to take. One was for anti-inflammatory pills, another for an anti-inflammatory cream to rub on my foot. He said the cream was like Voltarin but 10X stronger. When my foot was healed, he said to use the remaining cream on my sore muscles after long runs and it’ll work like a charm to reduce inflammation and tightness. Awesome! 

The third piece of paper was a referral for physiotherapy in case after 10-14 days I still had pain in my foot (oh goodness, I hope not). Talk about thorough! I love his comments… “long distance runner… would appreciate rehab physio for marathon.” Haha, dang right. 

The doctor wasn’t concerned that my “injury” was really serious, which helped me to relax a bit. His exact words: “Just slow it down, ok?” Getting a silly foot pain that prevented me from running (it has only been 4 days since I have run and I am going crazy) has definitely put into perspective how fragile my body is. As much as I like to think I can withstand anything, I really need to take care of this body because it is the only thing getting me to the marathon finishing line. HUMBLING. 

The best part about my visit to the doctor came from his next words… “So how are we going to keep up your fitness?”

I almost hugged him. Having a doctor who understands that fitness is important to me and committing to a marathon is a big deal, is HUGE for me. He gave me tons of options for training while resting my foot, which made me so happy. Anything in the pool, elliptical, recumbent stationary bike, and rower. Looks like fate is forcing me to love the stationary rower 😉 I went into the doctors office scared and in pain and I left totally MOTIVATED. Taking a few days off of running and focusing on cross-training and pool running is definitely going to be for the best and make me a stronger runner in the end!

I will definitely write about pool running soon… it’s been… a lovely experience. Let’s just say I appreciate running (out of the water) a whole lot more 🙂

Have you ever had an injury during training? What is the thing you love most about your doctor?


  1. Hi Kris,
    I am training for Boston and had to take 9 days off of running a few weeks ago. I had a similar thing – a pinched nerve in my butt and hips was causing referral pain and nerve/ligament issues in my feet and heels. Amazing how everything is connected. I could NOT run through the pain but kept up tons of fitness on the elliptical and stair master. I’ve been back running for a few weeks now and my cardio didn’t suffer at all from the time off. So, yes, be patient and you will come back super strong and maybe even stronger!

  2. I had a very similar injury earlier this year and I am 100% back to normal – I had an x-ray (all clear!), anti-inflammatories, and went to physio (I swear the acupuncture was what helped the most), stuck to the bike, and all is well again 🙂 Wishing you a quick recovery!

  3. Oh my goodness isn’t it awful when we have to actually stop running??!! I have been going totally insane absolutely crazy this week because I’ve had to rest my tendons 🙁 i’ve been going to physeal and massage four out of five days so far this week. I am so happy to hear it is not a stress fracture or a bone injury that would be so devastating! Take care of that foot!

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