Foot Update

by tinareale on March 28, 2012

I’m so creative with my titles, huh?

So, I ended up with an immediate appointment on Monday morning after I called the orthopedist doctor. I was relieved (and impressed!) that I would hopefully have some answers a few hours later.

At the appointment, I first gave a background of when I noticed the pain, descriptions of the type of pain, and so on and so forth. Pretty much everything I laid out here. I was sent to have some X-Rays done and then the doctor came in to review them and examine my foot a bit more closely.

He had me stand on it. Walk on my heels. Walk on my tiptoes. He pressed along the different toes and bones of my foot. Twisted and pulled my foot in different directions. All while noting my pain along the way.

Wouldn’t you know it – NO pain while at the doctor. Does that happen to anyone else? I could feel some discomfort where he pressed along two of the metatarsals but nothing bad at all. The X-Ray didn’t show a stress fracture, but he said it doesn’t always rule one out. However, since my pain was so minimal he determined I don’t have a stress fracture but a “stress reaction”.

So, what does that even mean? Basically, the area around my 3rd and 4th metatarsals seems inflamed and irritated. If I had pushed through the pain, over time, I would have most likely ended up with a stress fracture. By listening to my body and coming in early, I have hopefully avoided the worst of it and will just have to deal with some soft tissue damage that is affecting the area around my bones right now. And keep it from becoming a more serious bone problem.

The Plan of Attack

I have to take two weeks off running. It stinks, but I’m happy to have it be just 2 weeks and not 2 months, so I’ll take it! Praying that the two weeks is all I need.

Over the course of the two weeks, I will also be wearing my sexy new shoe.

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That will help minimize movement in the foot to help it heal up quicker. I also received a topical anti-inflammatory to spread around on my foot and some fun foot and ankle strengthening exercises to do regularly. I get to look like Frankenstein walking around on my heels! Yay!

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I can continue with cardio and weights as long as the activities are non-weight bearing for my lower body. That means no elliptical, no squats, no walking…but I can do the bike and some weight lifting (any upper body and lower body modifications). I plan to spend the same amount of time I would have comparable to my runs on the bike to maintain as much cardiovascular fitness as possible. So, yesterday I did an hour on the bike and a short chest, shoulders, and triceps workout with some hip abductions and leg extensions in the mix.

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I actually ended up sweatier than I expected and the movement felt GREAT!

Now, for the even bigger questions of where it puts me for running and my marathon goal.

After two weeks, I can gradually return to running as long as it is pain free. The first week, starting at 50% of my previous mileage is recommended. Then, the 2nd week I can move to 75%. After that, I should be able to move back into training.

The Cleveland Marathon is seven and a half weeks away. I’m trying to figure out how to fit in the training to be prepared enough and not risk pushing too much too soon to get back from the injury. After my two weeks off, I will have 6 weeks until the marathon. The first two I have to do the reduced mileage. Then, I need two weeks minimum of a taper.

Here’s what I’m thinking my long runs would look like for the remaining weeks:

  • 3/31: Biking Only
  • 4/7: Biking Only
  • 4/14: 10 miles
  • 4/21: 15 miles
  • 4/28: 18-20 miles
  • 5/4: 20 miles (date is for Friday instead of Saturday to fit travel schedule)
  • 5/12: taper week
  • 5/20: marathon

I would also include 2-3 other short to mid-distance runs (gradually building up) those weeks and make sure I run ALL miles at a slower than normal pace. No speed work or tempo action. Just getting in the miles to prepare for the marathon. Of course, this all depends on how I feel starting back and if these two weeks were just what my body needed to get back to feeling 100%.

The plan seems reasonable enough, but I’m no expert by any means. And, when it all comes down to it, I would rather not race this race and heal completely than push things and end up hurt again or hurt worse. I don’t want to jump back into training and cram in the prep just to hurt myself again. I would rather build a gradual and strong, healthy base to take me into prep for Chicago in a few months than race this race if it meant not healing properly now.

I’m mentally preparing myself that I won’t be able to do this race, but I’m still going to try. I’m going to be a good little girl and follow doctors orders, then hope and pray the 2 weeks has me fully recovered and able to ease back into running just fine. The race does have a half marathon I could change to, but I don’t know about traveling that far for a half. I guess things are pretty up in the air. I can only see where things lead and take it as it comes. And try to stay positive in the meantime. Like by laughing at this oh-so-fitting infographic:

 

Also, someone stole my phone at the gym. At the moment, I’m more upset about that than my foot. The thought of replacing it makes me (and my wallet) say OUCH more than my foot does! I guess at least that’s a good distraction???? Winking smile

Runners – would love your thoughts about any of the above?

Everyone – ever had something stolen from you in a public place?

{ 81 comments }

1 Glenneth March 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

I am glad you got your foot looked at and are following doctor’s orders.

I have never had anything stolen from a public place. Some people are so mean these days. Didn’t they learn not to take things that weren’t theirs.

2 Miz March 28, 2012 at 7:02 am

I cant believe someone stole your phone.
SERIOUSLY.
people can sadly suck :/

3 tinareale March 28, 2012 at 7:14 am

Yes. They can. A friend commented on my Facebook that if I find the sucker who did it to make sure I kick him/her…just not with my gimp foot. Ha!

4 Lauren March 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

You’ve just convinced me that I need to go get my foot checked out. I’ve been having the same problems and its just not getting any better. :(

5 Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy March 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

I clicked on the title IMMEDIATELY because I was waiting for the update!

I’m glad you have an answer and even better that you have a plan.

And a really positive attitude. I giggled at that Murphy’s Law pic you included. Very funny. But honestly, your positivity is REALLY encouraging! I just had a tough day on Sunday over the race I got injured training for—but you know what? I went to bed, woke up the next morning, and realized I’m still awesome and that life goes on. There will be SO many more of that race! I have no doubt that you’re going to get through this injury and whatever the timeline is, you’re an inspiration to me! :)

Thanks for the post. :)

6 lindsay March 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

so glad you got it checked out, not glad that you are in a boot. But i think it will help and praying for it to be a good rest in order to make to the marathon!!

7 Coco March 28, 2012 at 7:19 am

So glad you decided to get it checked out and were able to get an appt right away. On the one hand, you did still have a number of weeks until the marathon, on the other, it is your first one and this does sound like an “over-use” type injury (meaning you will need to be cautious). One idea in between doing it and not doing it — is there a Half you could switch to? Regardless, I think you have laid out a good plan to ease back into it. Dropping the intense runs is a good idea, but doing those shorter runs will be essential both to testing out your foot and to getting those miles in.

8 Khushboo March 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

Sounds like you have a really sensible approach to your injury, despite how near the marathon is! I can imagine how tempting running through the pain may be! Hope these 2 weeks off will do wonders for your foot! As for your phone, that’s so lame somebody actually stole it at the gym! I am so trusting of fellow gym-goers because I see them on a daily basis but I should probably be more weary about my belongings in future!

9 Courtney March 28, 2012 at 7:22 am

So glad you got it checked out and HOORAY for it not being a full-blown stress fracture! Your plan looks great, no surprise there :) Wishing you a speedy recovery! So sorry to hear about your phone on the same day :(

10 Michele @ nycrunningmama March 28, 2012 at 7:38 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how positive you are staying and how you have a plan of attack to get back into things. I hope that the 2 weeks is exactly what you need. Considering you have already taken time off from running, you will probably have a good amount of time to rest your foot. I don’t know much about these types of injuries, but hopeful that you can recover quickly. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!!!!

11 Jess March 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

You are being so SMART about this thing, Tina. Seriously — other runners NEED to follow your lead more often vs. pushing through the pain, thinking “no pain no gain” vs. listening to the body cues your body is sending you and making a smart decision. Because of your approach here, I firmly believe you’ll be able to get back to your running groove and WILL be able to run Cleveland. I really, really do. However — if you DO have to back out of the race, your rationale for doing so is smart — you have Chicago to fight for later on this year and that’s a huge goal too. Seriously, I’m totally impressed with your approach here (though not surprised by it at all, you rock!)!

12 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 28, 2012 at 8:04 am

I pinned that murphy’s law the other day. It’s just soooo true. And I am so happy that it’s not a full fracture or something completely sidelining. I know you’ll be able to get out there and kick some marathon booty!

13 Kara March 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

That is one sexy shoe. :)

I’ve never had an injury like that, despite my best efforts to abuse my body, so I can’t give you any advice. I think as long as you don’t ignore any pain there isn’t any reason you can’t run both marathons!

14 Becky Przy March 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

Sounds like a very smart plan of attack. I just had to take 2 weeks off due to influenza and did no exercise at all (same weeks of marathon training as you) and I came back just fine (slower, but I can run).

Just listen to your body and back off if you feel any pain. I did miss some peak mileage week and I can tell I am not as strong, so I am adjusting my time goals. Maybe run the first marathon as a training run–just a little faster and race the one in Chicago.

Hope it fully heals in 2 weeks–you were smart to stop when you did! Boo on the phone–actually if you do find the person who took your phone, you should kick them w/your gimp foot–those boots are solid plastic and would hurt more;-)

15 Lee March 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

So sorry to hear about your foot but at least you caught it before it got worse! And the phone, that sucks! I’d be upset too.

16 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life March 28, 2012 at 8:20 am

I am sorry about your foot issue, but it sounds like you did the right thing and listened to your body! I agree, 2 weeks is a lot better than 2 months :-) I have never had my phone stolen, but I was really lucky and left my iPod at the gym, twice. Both times someone turned them into the from desk. I felt so blessed!

17 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

It sounds like you are being smart and maintaining a really good attitude about the situation–good for you!!! I know from experience that that is probably THE number one most challenging thing about being injured!

I tore a ligament in my ankle during xc season in high school but my plan of attack was a bit different due to the nature of high school sports. I definitely pushed myself to come off the injury sooner than I should have so that I could run in counties, the last race of the season that I would get a change to run. It definitely set me back in terms of healing but, for me, it was the right decision. The race was so important to me and I cared much more about running in that one race than about running after the season ended. This was also a 5k race versus something lengthier which made a big difference as well!

18 Kierston March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

Ugh. Totally lame about your phone being stolen :(

Happy to hear you got it check out! Wishing you a speedy recovery :)

19 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health March 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’m glad to hear that you caught it early! That way you’re only taking two weeks off instead of what would probably be much longer if it was a stress fracture! And seriously…why do people steal phones?! So annoying! I’m so sorry!

20 Kelly March 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

I don’t even think you need to do the 20 mile run. That’s just me. If you can run 18 then you can run 26. That is what everyone told me before my marathon training…it’s true. (I never ran more than 18 miles and still ran a sub-4 hour marathon) I wouldn’t stress your foot out anymore than you need to…especially if you want to run that marathon more than anything.

21 tinareale March 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

I don’t think I knew that!

22 Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength March 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

Nice job laying off before things got too serious! I’ll be praying that you heal up and can start training again in 2 weeks. PS…I had those same socks on when I read your blog this morning. Love them. ;-)

23 Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

That SUCKS about your phone, but that’s relatively good news about your foot.

Not that you really asked, but I think the 18-20 mile long runs in back to back weeks are not the best idea. You won’t be recovered from the first one when you do the second one, and a 20 miler 2 weeks out from race day is not a good plan either – you ideally want 3 weeks. For the week of 4/14, if you want to semi-simulate a longer (~18-20 mile) long run, do 90 minutes of biking first and then go out for the 10 miles. Not perfect, but it could help.

24 tinareale March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

I actually didn’t like that part of the plan either. My training didn’t have the two back to back like that wiht the exception of one 18 and 20 mile run – but as you said, not that close to the actual race. I was thinking I may switch some things around there too after thinking about i more. Your suggestion to bike and then run is something I wouldn’t have thought about. Thanks!

25 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

What is wrong with people and stealing stuff?!?!
I’m proud of your optimism!! Still praying too!

26 Heather March 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

I love the laws, bahaha so funny, love the photo one.
Ok, so, here is my take after having a stress fracture in the same place. I think it’s good you formed a plan, so that if you are healed you can get back to it. I had the same thing..didn’t hurt to walk but hurt when he pushed on it. My e rays didn’t show one either, but dr. said stress fractures don’t show up a lot of times until they are already healing. Before I went to the dr. I took two weeks off of running on my own which didn’t help. Then I was fitted in a boot and wore it 4 weeks. Went back to dr, still had some pain when he pushed on it but not when walking, jumping, etc. I was cleared to lift weights and do the bike, was put in the boot again, ended up no running for 9 weeks. I def. thought I would be back at it again at the 4 week mark and was really upset when I wasn’t. BUT looking back now I am so glad I took his advice because he said I could have had to have surgery and been out for months if I didn’t listen, and the weeks went by SO much faster than I anticipated, it really wasn’t terrible. So basically just know that you ARE doing the right thing and if you still have pain and have to cancel the race you will still be doing the right thing for your body in the long run! Good luck!

27 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

I’m glad it’s not a full on fracture, but take it easy and keep listening to your body!

28 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

I vote we find them and shave off their eyebrows.
as for your foot, that BITES, but follow your prescription!

29 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

So glad to hear its not a stress fracture and you caught it early! I’ve noticed that if I take a few weeks off running but keep up with spinning I don’t notice much of a difference in my endurance when I get back to running! I can’t say it’s easy, but I never feel as bad as I expect too! Good luck!!! :)

30 Michelle March 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

Glad it’s not a full-on stress fracture!! Heal foot, heal!

Oy on the phone. Dan’s (really old – 3G) iPhone was stolen last fall at the gym. SUCH a pain!

31 Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

ohh, what an awful feeling having something stolen, just awful! one time during a show i was in, i had someone go through my entire bag; they stole my camera, jacket, school books.. bend my eye glasses all to crap, it was horrible and so upsetting.

Love that “murphy’s law for runners”! everything is so true.
About your foot.. it sounds like you have a good attitude and are being smart about it. Allow yourself to rest and give it time to heal. Base your running with how you feel after the two weeks. I hope you can run your marathon! Even if you have to throw goal time’s out the window and run purely for enjoyment that wouldn’t be so bad :)

32 Amanda - RunToTheFinish March 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

i actually just finished Train LIke a Mother and she has a great section on getting to the marathon fully ready by doing serious bike training. So if you don’t have pain on the bike and can realllly push your pace it will ensure you are back to running strong when you can.

33 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss March 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

Tinalove, you have such a good attitude about this. I know what it feels like to be injured in training for a race (your first marathon!), and it’s so freaking frustrating. I’m proud of you for looking on the bright side, keeping your chin up, and being smart about focusing on healing. either way, it’s gonna work out for you the way it’s meant to. but you already know that. :)

34 jobo March 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

I also love this approach, Tina. You are being extremely smart about it, and while you have a plan B for the rest of your runs to get them in for the marathon, you are also mentally prepared to NOT run if you really cannot. What’s the point, really, of pushing through the pain for a race when you can heal and go at it much better for another, right? But I really hope the two weeks off helps and that you CAN run the race, because I know how much you want to. Good luck!!

35 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean March 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

sounds like you’ve got a good plan and a great attitude! good luck!

36 Britta Kallevang March 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

You are an inspiration Tina! Great job listening to your body. You will definitely heal up quickly with that kind of attitude. I wonder if going back to the chiropractor might be of benefit?

Also… I’ ve thought my phone was stolen a number of times, and it’s always turned up again. Are you sure you didn’t put it in an unusual place? Or maybe it will show up in the lost and found!

37 tinareale March 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

Nope. I left it on the bike and went to the bathroom. Realized I had left it and it wasn’t there when I came back. Asked if someone had turned it in (a few times actually) and still nothing – not even this morning. I’ve resigned myself to it being gone forever. Boo!

38 Tracy @ Commit to Fit March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

There must be something in the air. I twisted my ankle a few weeks ago. I was still walking last week, but have learned my lesson as it is still quite swollen. I am sticking to swimming until I am healed up.:) Hope you have a speedy recovery!

39 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

What jerks! Seriously, why are some people so horrible? Ugh…
I’m glad you got some answers and your plan seems like a good one. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you!

40 kristy March 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

at least it’s not a stress fracture! i don’t think you can really make any decisions about running the marathon until 2 weeks go by and you attempt to run again. if you have no pain, i would take it very easy and consider the marathon. i always lean to the conservative side with myself and clients though…you got to keep the big picture in mind (which you are!). it’s better to heal completely and NOT push it vs. running a marathon on a not 100% foot and end up missing chicago because of it. just my 2 cents :)

41 tinareale March 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

I am in full agreement. I like to plan ahead – it’s just my nature – but I’m not counting on my plan being how things are going to play out by any means. Agree better to look at the big picture…and Chicago is the main race i want to do this year. :)

42 Yellow Haired Girl March 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

That SUCKS. I had my iPod stolen at the gym last year :( people can be horrible.

Although you have to take a bit of a break from running, I’m really glad you got some answers about your foot. You’re gonna rock that new shoe like nobody else could ;) haha

43 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

Who would steal someone’s phone at the gym!?!? I feel like it’s a community kind of place, it’s not like just any random strangers can walk in! But i’m glad you don’t have a stress fracture!

44 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

So sorry someone stole from you, that just makes me sick, glad you have a plan of attack, your positive attitude is amazing.

45 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

So glad it wasn’t something more serious! Not that this is fun, but it could be worse. Hope you heal up quickly!

46 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama March 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

Yep, that’s the boot I was talking about in my comment on your other post! Good for you for catching it early and letting it heal. I’ve seen soooo many runners with horrible stress fractures from running through the pain. You’ll know when you get back to training if you can handle the race or not. Just keep listening to your body; you’re good at that. :-)

47 Morgan @ Life After Bagels March 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

no advice since I’m not a runner – but I know your pain … well literally and figuratively hahaha … I’ve faced many injuries before during training and it’s hard, I know it’s hard

48 Becky Cooper @fabbecky March 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

My husband spent a good deal of the fall / winter helping the occupy movement in our area and took my laptop with him to get work done and keep in touch. Right before Christmas, someone at the encampment stole my laptop. The one I needed to take notes and do all of my school work on. Fortunately, one of the people in the camp gave me 2 of his old laptops right before my semester started, so I was able to get done what I needed to in school.

49 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

Man, the whole mental aspect of having to change up your routine, slow down and take care of an injury is so tough!! You’ve got the right attitude though- and you’re being realistic. I hope that your body heals quickly and you’re back on your feet again (so to speak ;) ).
It infuriates me when people steal things. I just don’t understand what gives someone the right to take something that doesn’t belong to them!! And with the phone- what a pain! I lost my phone once- it fell out of my pocket in a cab and I didn’t realize it until it was too late. I had just gotten it a week before, so I had to shell out major cash to get a new one. Ever since then I’ve paid the extra few bucks for insurance.

50 Karen@WaistingTime March 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

My son’s new iPhone was just stolen this past week, also from the gym at his college:( It is going to cost a fortune to replace since it is not with a new contract. Why do people do that!? Surely they realize that they won’t be able to use it.

51 MCM Mama March 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

Glad you caught it early.

I agree with the others that two back to back 18-20 mile runs is too much for your body. I’d do 18-20 the first week and then 15-17 the second week. Also, any chance you can get in some pool running? I’ve never done it, but lots of my runner friends swear by it for keeping running ability while injured.

Good luck!

52 Samantha March 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I’m so glad you listened to your body and got to the doctor right away before the foot issue became a stress fracture!

I think your plan looks great – you definitely have your head screwed on straight and really have a good grasp on your training plan and listening to your body. Best of luck to you!

P.S. I really hope we get to meet in Chicago!

53 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Ugh! So sorry for the setback, but I applaud you for having your foot checked out. And, boo to phone stealers…you keep a great attitude about things.

54 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions March 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

So glad to hear that you don’t actually have a stress fracture!

I’m hardly an expert, but I think your current plan of attack towards your running sounds like a good idea. It’s always so much better to listen to your body than your head as far as injuries as concerned. Taking time off was the only thing that healed my back when I injured it in August/September, and if I hadn’t done that there’s no way I’d be running now. It’s not fun to scale back, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

55 Carol @ Lucky Zucca March 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I think you’ve got a great plan of action Tina!! Way to stay motivated despite the (thankfully minor) set back. I hope it heals up quickly!! I’m so sorry someone stole your phone. That is not nice at all! :( Hopefully you can get a replacement easily without too much out of pocket cost.

56 Lisa March 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I’m glad it’s not something more serious but it still sounds bad and painful. REST!!!

57 Annie March 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I’m glad you didn’t break a bone or anything like that. Hopefully the inflammation will go down quickly in time for you to pick up your training!

I’ll be very interested in hearing about your workouts while you heal. I seem to run into trouble on a regular basis with my legs from runs, and when that happens, I struggle to find an activity that can make me sweat like running. (Although since I pared down my runs to 6 mi or less per session, I’ve been SO much better off)

LOVE the Murphy’s Law graphic! I lol’d hard because it was like someone created the graphic for ME – especially the headwinds part.

Happy healing!

58 Alicia at Poise in Parma March 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I saw your original post about your foot troubles and got really worried. Glad to hear that there’s still potential for CLE. But ultimately, make sure to listen to your body – there are plenty of marathons, but you only have one left foot!!

59 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race March 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm

The Murphy’s Laws are hilarious!! :D As sexy as that shoe is…hope you get all healed up quick!

60 allpointswhole March 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Dont worry. …you could do it now if you just go slower. I ran my full in November with my peak mileage being ten miles bc I was training others to a half. I ran without stopping and the biggest I’ve been…just slowed down. You have the fitness, so don’t sweat it

61 Robin March 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I took almost 2 weeks off when I thought something was wrong with my shin with 6 weeks to go to Boston. I am now 2 weeks back into training and my runs are going good. This break will be GREAT for you, you will be so thankful for it.

62 Megan @ Fiterature March 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I think your head is in the right place – try your plan and if the pain is too much, back off. You’ve got a lot of races in your life yet to run. You don’t want to count yourself out just yet!

63 Annie @ What's Annie Making? March 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Sorry about your phone! My gym is really busy so I get nervous about my belongings everytime I go.

I think the most important thing is to listen to your body. Your plan looks great right now, but don’t push it if you’re feeling iffy. It will take less time for you to get a little lost endurance back, than to heal from a nasty injury.

64 Charlotte March 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

SO sorry to have to welcome you to the injured runners club :( it sucks, and is a club I am not a fan of being in.

Im sending you TONS of heal asap vibes!! So hoping you can run that marathon! You’ve worked so hard to get to this point!

on another note;
that infograph is hilarious

65 Amy Lauren March 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Wow, sounds like a really rough day for you! The news from the doc AND the stolen phone. But you’re right, losing your phone is a very, very big deal= really along with most anything in your purse. Identity theft is no joke and much worse than having to take 2 weeks off from running.

I don’t blame you to play it safe and see how things go. Even if you do the marathon, it’s your first so you don’t really have some sort of time expectation or anything, you could just do it for fun and enjoy yourself and not push it too much, or change to the half and think of it as more of a trip/vacation than traveling for a race. I’m glad it’s not any more serious than it is and you listened to your body- you are so right about 2 weeks being much better than 2 months!

66 Laura is Undeterrable March 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I’ve definitely had the best picture marred by someone out for a leisurely stroll. I’m running an 8:XX mile to finish my race, passing someone walking the 5k like they’re strolling around the mall and we get in the picture together. I swear I was running fast!!!

67 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Don’t feel pressured to do another 18 AND 20 miler when you start running again. One should be fine (assuming you’d do a 15-16 miler the other week). That’s just based on my own experience and opinion, but thought I’d share. :)

68 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness March 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Fingers crossed that everything is healed up in 2 weeks!!!

69 Maggie March 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I’m glad it isn’t a stress fracture and it seems like you have a good plan and positive attitude about it all :) I wish I could offer advice, but having just started running I don’t have much, besides definitely just give it rest and you’re doing just that! :D

70 Heather @ Run Eat Play March 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’m so that your phone was stolen. Who does that!?
I hope your foot heals quickly! At least you can still be active. I am in the same boast as you with plantar fasciitis. It sucks! Especially when you have races that you’re already signed up for. Feel better!

71 Lindsey @ Cardio Pizza March 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

Good news about the foot – rest up!! I feel your pain (literally) since I have had a foot issue as well. The foot is tough to rest, that is for sure.

Bummer about the phone!!

72 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

I’ve never heard of a stress reaction before, but that’s interesting. Happy Healing! I hope it’s quick.

73 Bart @ Your Online Fitness Trainer March 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

You have a really positive and humerous outlook on life…thats probably why I ended up reading about your foot! ;)

Have a good one!

74 Lindsay @ FuelMyFamily March 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm

ahhh the boot. I wore one when I broke my toe/foot for like 16 weeks! It was always a conversation starter!
Was it an iphone? its crazy you can’t insure those things, maybe because people are always stealing them! What has our world come to? its so sad.

75 janetha March 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

that is one sexy boot, for sure! thanks for the update, heal up quick. xo

76 Angie @ Losing It and Loving It March 31, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Sorry to hear about the foot! Hope it heals real quick. I remember the boot when I had surgery on both heels (no not at the same time thankfully lol but my boot was huge).

A long time ago someone stole my purse and it was someone I worked with. What a huge mess but we got her and she got in big trouble. And mine wasn’t the 1st. I do not like the feeling after someone steals something, it’s horrible. We also had our camera stolen from our car.

77 Lexie @ This Aussie Eats April 1, 2012 at 4:53 am

I love your upbeat attitude! Sending prayers for quick healing and a painless recovery your way!

78 fittingbackin April 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

STOLE your phone?! I’m sorry – I read that last and that is such crap – I hate people sometimes! I’m sorry :)

On another note – so glad you listened to your body and went into and that you’ve stopped it before it became even more serious!

79 Kiah April 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

What a bummer about your phone! Also, I love the Murphy’s rule about your best race shot having a 5k walker in it #sotrue ;-) Stay strong, Tina! Sounds like you’re making informed decisions about this whole foot thang.

80 Jenna@FitForLife April 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’m so glad to hear that you went to the doctors and had your foot checked out, thank goodness its nothing serious. Take your two weeks to relax! I hope it heals very fast so you can get back out there! Also, I can’t believe someone stole your phone! What is this world coming too?

81 Sarah Pogue December 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi there. I’m a Junior in high school in Nebraska and I cannot tell you how many times I have dealt with this injury! I am so glad that you are taking care of it the easy way – the FIRST time. Whatever you do, do not stray away from what the doctor tells you. Rehab like a crazy woman! Also, it will feel a lot better before it is better, so be really careful when you come back.
To make a very very very long story short, I am a track and cross country runner and I also play basketball. I have been dealing with this injury for the greater part of two years now. I wish more than anything that I could go back and fix it before, because I just got terrible news from the doctor today.
My foot has gotten so bad that I officially am injured for life. There is no more running for me (and let me tell you, running is my LIFE. I had scholarships lined up and now they are all going to be taken from me). My plan was also to win state and because of my injury I have never been able to do so, although I have gotten seconds within it because I have had the heart to push through the pain.
When I am about 40, there is a 60-80% chance that I will not be able to walk anymore without help. I’m only 16 years old… I never would have thought that an injury would cause me to reconstruct my whole life. PLEASE take care of yourself. PLEASE do all of your stretches and icing and vitamins and everything else so that you do not end up like me – broken and disappointed.
HEAL UP GIRL! Good luck!!! I will pray for you!

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