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).
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?