I finally decided to postpone this upcoming marathon to next year. Last week I had to take off 8 days from running because I was traveling, plus my right foot is still in pretty bad shape. The metatarsal pain is actually in both feet, but the right foot is much worse. I’m just in too much pain at this point for any runs longer than 6-7 miles. I’m just unable to withstand a 20 Miler with this much pain.
Of course I hesitated to quit this marathon training at first, and it wasn’t an easy decision. Just like my doctor said “the worst thing you could tell a runner is not to run!”. It was a long mental struggle, but when the pain became unbearable in my right foot, I actually happily stepped out. Even if I wanted to to push through a long run, I wouldn’t be able to at this point – even worse, I would be risking a fracture…
The pain relievers put huge havoc on my digestive system as well. I just hope that eventually it will clear up by just giving it sufficient rest. If not, I will follow my doctor’s advice for some injections, but then again this is my last resort.
I spent all of last week in Germany and I really enjoyed the cool climate. Such a nice break from the hot humidity here in South Florida. I didn’t get a chance to run, but just taking walks felt so pleasant.
I’m back to running this week. My doctor recommended these gel pads for protecting the bottom of my feet. I pretty much can’t even run without these pads. They don’t stay in place very well while running, so I use bandages to keep them in place.
I remember loving this look back then in the movie Flashdance…:)
This is pretty much how I’m rolling right now.
So at this point I’m hoping for a Fall marathon. My doctor gave me some hope and said that metatarsal foot pain comes and goes, and with enough rest it might disappear again. However, if I don’t watch the padding in my shoes again, it might come right back. Let’s just hope it disappear sometime soon…
Here is how my running went this week:
Monday: No running.
Tuesday: I got from Germany late at night, so no running. Jet lag is a beast!! I struggled with it all week!
Wednesday: I went for 3 miles outside my community. I was too lazy to put my gel padding on, and of course I paid the price – I had to stop at 3 miles. Ouch! Lesson learned!
Thursday: 7 miles. Hooray! The last mile was painful but overall a great run, thanks to the pads in my shoes.
Friday: No running
Saturday: 6 miles around my neighborhood
Sunday: 3 miles running and about 3 miles walking with my kids later in the day
Total weekly mileage: 19 Miles
How was your week?
Did you ever have to quit a race due to injury?