So, a week before my half marathon, I was out for a run. About midway through, I felt like my shoes were a bit loose, so I tightened the laces. As I was doing it, I remember thinking that I shouldn't make it too tight near the top, as I've had problems there before. But I went ahead and made it nice and snug towards the toes. Now, there's no guarantee that's what's giving me problems right now, but I'm pretty sure that's it.
I was lounging around after completing that run, refueling and showering. I got up to get something for a kid - and almost collapsed from the pain that went coursing through my foot. It hurt. A lot. Across the top of my foot, but kind of on the bottom as well.
It got better, so I did my scheduled run two days later. It felt fine during the run, but worse after. A bit better the next day, so I did bike/run intervals at spin class that evening. Find during the run, but worse again after.
Then I didn't run again until race day.
It was twinging at me race morning, but I knew I was doing this race. There was a bit of twingyness the first few kilometers, but then it went away. In fact, in the last few kms, my head was trying to make up every excuse in the book to walk, and that's the one excuse that never even crossed my mind. I finished the race with no problems from the foot.
And paid for it after.
I was limping almost immediately. Then, the next day, I could barely walk.
I've been driving my son to the bus stop in the morning. The bus stop that is half a block away...
So, you might be wondering why I'm only considering this "sort of" an injury? It sure is more then a niggle. Well, I might just be incredibly optimistic, but my gut is just telling me this isn't that serious. My gut is telling me that I just need to be smart enough to let it heal more completely before running and I'll be fine.
Don't get me wrong. I am still taking it seriously. I have a couple ice packs on the go, I've been taking advil, and I even have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow. However, while I've asked Angie for alternatives to runs for the rest of this week, I am currently expecting to run early next week. Not exactly planning, because if I think it will make things worse, I'll call those, but expecting.
On the plus side, I am still good to bike and swim.
And, I think I might be able to walk my son to the bus stop tomorrow.