Somehow I’m still rolling with the punches in terms of foot pain. I saw a podiatrist a few days ago. The inflammation in my foot is pretty bad and needless to say he recommended that running a marathon will only make my pain worse. I kind of knew what he was going to say before I even saw him. It only makes sense. Somehow in my stubborn running mind I’m still trying to make this training work. Somehow.
He recommended I should only run as long as my foot is not in pain, which is sometimes the 3 mile mark and sometimes, when I’m lucky, it’s the 7 mile mark. Obviously I need to cover longer miles during marathon training, but as of last week, I wasn’t able to.
The good news is that there is a chance that metatarsal foot pain will just heal with adequate rest, icing and anti-inflammatories. I honestly can’t stomach anti-inflammatories, even something as weak as Advil or Motrin causes my system to rebel. Yes, it make my foot better, but my system feels terrible from the side-effects.
I skipped my 20 Miler this weekend, as well. I was scared that the pain or injury will get so bad that my running might come to a complete stand-still. That just alone is an indication that most likely I will have to move this marathon to next year. In a way it hurts when I think about all the long runs I have run in this training so far…
So yes, there is a good chance that I might not be able to run this marathon in 5 weeks from now. I didn’t want to admit it to myself, but I also need to be realistic at some point. Just running a marathon isn’t the only goal, I need to finish healthy so I can keep running. The thought of me not being able to run at all due to a severe injury is just scarring me too much.
This weekend I have been stocking up on turmeric supplements again, which have helped me in the past with overall inflammation issues from long-distance running. I hope in a few days it will help the inflammation in my metatarsal joints.
I somewhat was able to log in some miles anyway. I didn’t add any speed and took it really easy in order not to stress my foot even more.
We had a tornado in our area and as you can see on the pics it hit our neighborhood pretty bad. Lots of clean-up going on… Mother nature is powerful!
Here is my running log:
(all my runs have been around a 9:15 and 10:00 pace – at this point, adding any speed makes my foot feel worse)
Monday: 6 miles around my neighborhood.
Tuesday: No Running
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: 7 Miles
Friday: No Running
Saturday: 7 Miles
Total Weekly Mileage: 23 Miles
Since Friday the temps have cooled down here in Palm Beach. It’s in the 50s during the morning and evening hours. The air hasn’t felt this good for running here in Palm Beach in over a year – it’s pure running bliss!
How was your training week?