Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tendonitis flare-up

For the record, my Run very slowly as long as there is no pain strategy does not work...not when the problem is tendonitis; and not when the pain is self-induced by a pig-headed runner who insists on ignoring the doctor's orders to rest.

Here's a pic of my poor foot since last evening...bound securely to restrict mobility. Sigh!

After last Saturday's run, which went very well and was painless, I woke up Sunday morning in pain. The pain was on top of my foot, right behind the middle toe. The swelling above my left foot was still in place. Of course, running on Sunday was ruled out. So was the stationary bike.

But what's frustrating is this injury has its own lazy schedule (every step I take seems to induce pain in a new area and the swelling has not reduced even the tiniest bit). I had hoped to build or maintain my mileage for a few weeks, and start training for the New Jersey Marathon by the end of December. I had built up mileage to 39 mpw, and felt in peak form and spirit, before fate decided I needed a break...and gave me one.

Foot injuries take longer to heal because you are walking regularly on the injured foot. You need to stay off your feet and avoid walking as much as possible. I can't go to my GP again because he'll just shake his head and say, "I told you so". So, I am lying on the couch in mild depression, gorging on chocolates; and I can feel a massive headache building up because of it. I did some ab crunches, but my heart was just not in it.

Sorry I'm not spreading any holiday cheer today.

9 comments:

D10 said...

Hopefully a few more days of rest will help with the problem. Do you run with any support that may help?

teacherwoman said...

Oh ouch! I hope it heals fast!

I Run for Fun said...

D10, I don't run with any support now. I have been thinking I should may be try orthotics. Do you use any or know of any good ones?

lauren said...

oh man - I hope you get some good rest and heal up quickly! I have a friend in NJ that wants to train for the NJ marathon and I may come up and do the half!

BeachRunner said...

Sorry homie. But think how hot your arms and abs will look with the strength training. Stay positive and rest that tootsie.

Cindy said...

sorry about the tendonitis. I suffered through it earlier this year, so i can relate to the frustration. I overpronate (esp on my left side) and i found that using an insert (i use superfeet) and a mod. support shoe helped the problem. when i got the tendonitis i was using a neutral shoe. hope you are better soon!

The Happy Runner said...

Nuts! I wish I had some words of wisdom but I know it sucks to have to rest when you want to run. I was laid up with my ankle for a bit and all I wanted to do was run, but couldn't. I cross-trained and that helped. Anything to get moving (and BR is right!).

I Run for Fun said...

Lauren, We should meet up at NJM...I'm so excited!!! This is added motivation for me to heal quickly and start training.

Beachy and HappyRunner, thanks for the words of encouragement...I do like the sound of killer abs!

Cindy, I am thinking of an insert...thanks for the tip.

Runner Leana said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! So sorry to hear about your injury. It must be so frustrating! I hope you heal fast!!