I might not be able to run the Boston Marathon. Key word being ‘might’. I’m trying to be optimistic here…
I wrote in a previous post about my battle with Plantar Fasciitis. All in all, I thought it was only plantar fasciitis. Well for those of you who have had PF before, you know it’s a big pain in the you know what kind of injury. Since my symptoms weren’t going away with rehabilitation exercises, icing, massage, etc, my doctor suggested that I get an MRI.
Well it is what it is. On Monday I got the MRI report and it isn’t pretty. While I thought it was just PF, well, it isn’t. The results actually showed a few other things that are going on in my foot. While being read the report, I did ‘black out’ a bit … the only thing I heard was ‘six weeks no running.’ That’s ALL I heard, and that’s ALL I cared about.
After getting over the initial shock, I took a step back and read the report findings myself: Moderate Plantar Fasciitis (which I knew), mild Achilles peritendinitis, stress reaction of the base of the 5th metatarsal (my pinky toe), and an increase in ankle and subtalar joint fluid. While all of these findings aren’t causing symptoms that I’m having with the PF (stabbing pain in my heel), they are all reasons to take a step back from running and make sure I don’t get a stress fracture. The ‘good news’ is that they caught the ‘stress reaction’ before it became a ‘stress fracture’. The bad news is, I can’t run for at least 6 weeks (or at least I shouldn’t, and trust me, I’m not planning on it).
So… now what? I will follow a running injury protocol, given to me by my triathlon coach, coupled with PT exercises to strengthen my ankle and foot. For every scheduled run, I will take half the run time and will run in the pool (with an aqua-jogger) and the other half will be spent on my bike. I will still be able to do all of my bike and swim workouts as scheduled. I just cannot do anything that makes me pound down aggressively on my ankle/foot area i.e. box jumps at crossfit or running. I just have to focus on the here and now, and not think about April 21st at this point. I will cross the ‘Boston’ bridge, when it gets closer.
While I am devastated, I know that as an athlete, I have overcome injuries before and come out even stronger! I know that I will be physically and mentally able to run the Boston Marathon, but is it a good idea? Only time will tell. After all, I do have an Ironman in August, and I will be running a Marathon then… after a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike. It is what it is. I just have to be patient and trust the rehab protocol… all while looking on the bright side.