I have an injury. And it sucks.
Sometimes it’s really hard to listen to your body. It’s also really hard when you’re stubborn, like me. I ignored something for months, and now it’s coming back to bite me at the worst possible time.
Over the summer, while wearing sandals and flats around the office, I started to get a pain in my left heel. Not thinking much about it, I just put some padding in my shoes and went on my way. I got more supportive sandals, thinking the flats I was wearing must have been causing the problem. During triathlons in the summer, I was feeling a little something in my heel, sharp pain on occasion, but again, ignored it. Then came the Chicago Marathon in October, it was bothering me while walking and standing, but not while running (so I assumed everything was fine). After the marathon, the pain set in and I just knew something wasn’t right. Now it’s January and there’s still stabbing pain on the edge of my heel. I have since seen a podiatrist, who diagnosed me with Plantar Fasciitis , however, I am not so sure. The plan is to get an MRI next week to rule out a stress fracture or heel fat pad syndrome. Either way, no matter what it is, I know in my gut that I should be staying off my foot- I just don’t want to. I am training for the Boston Marathon, less than 3 months away… how can they expect me not to run?!?
As athletes, we are often faced with training through the pain. Runners especially, have a high pain tolerance and are known to just run through whatever is bothering them. I honestly think my brain has been trained after 17 years of running, to just ignore the pain and run through it. Sadly, I’ve become quite good at it (Maybe this will help me during child birth one day? Ha!). However, this time, I think the ignoring gotten me into trouble.
Best case scenario: No stress fracture, and I need new sneakers and padding in my running shoes. I am currently running in New Balance 890 v4’s which I love. I ran Boston and Chicago in New Balance 890’s, and didn’t have an issue, or so I thought. I am a heel striker and it could be that I need to go back to a 12 mm drop shoe, something with more heel support. The 890’s have a 8 mm drop (less heel support). Another great scenario would be that I just need orthotics. Worst case scenario is obviously that I need to stop running because it’s something serious and then resort to pool running and biking to keep up my endurance. This will make me down right mis-er-able. Whatever it may be, there is no way I am not running Boston (there I am being stubborn again)… but seriously, after last year and my excitement for this year, I can’t not run. Stay tuned for the MRI report… fingers crossed!
Readers: How do you mentally deal with injury?