Friday, November 20, 2009

Get Over It

Wednesday night, at the RU group workout, we were running an 800 and I tweaked out my big toe on my left foot. I was wearing the wear test shoes. At first it felt like a cramp, but then it got worse. I couldn't do the 800 to my full potential. As I ran by one of the interns, I yelled out that my foot was cramping, but he just said to run through it. I listened to him, but I'm sort of kicking myself for not listening to myself. You would think that, by now, I would know better. After my crummy 800, I continued on with the strengthening exercises without shoes on, but skipped any running, even if it were a slow lap. At the end of the session I put my shoes back on without tightening the laces and hobbled to my car.

Once at home I spent some time RICE-ing my foot/big toe and took a couple of analgesics. I figured I'd give myself a couple of days to see how it felt before seeking any medical advice.

Yesterday I was having my hair cut in the same neighborhood as my chiropractor's office and decided to see if he would see me with such short notice. He fit me in. Not only was the right foot off, but the left foot was more off, and my back was also rather tight. After some massage, he did the necessary adjustments and I felt relief. My foot/toe is still sore, probably from over compensation, but at least I can put a shoe back on my foot without wincing. The foot isn't swollen or bruised, it's just sore. I'm still doing the RICE thing.

This foot issue puts a kink in my plans to attempt a PR at the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half marathon, but I'm pretty sure I'll be OK to start and finish it with no intentions of a PR. At this point, I think I'm allowed to slow down and just enjoy the scenery. It's not like I'm giving up. I'm being realistic.

This also means I don't get to try out Lucinda this weekend. Oh, that's my Garmin's new name: Lucinda or Lucy for short. When I signed up on the Garmin site, it actually asks for a name, and Lucinda was one of the suggestions someone gave me on Facebook. It was the only name I could remember when I was stuck at the Garmin site. I hope I love Lucy...

Tuesday's song:
Cool As Blue - Tina Bridgeman & Hearth

PEACE

10 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

haha, you'll love Lucy! :D Sorry about the foot though, hate those moments when you look back and wish you had listened to your gut. Hope the RICE is enough for you to be back to 100% soon, and your goals are good ones. Have a great weekend!

Aka Alice said...

Is it really bad that I'm selfishly looking forward to you taking it easy in LV because it means that you might slow down to run with me for awhile longer?

Yeah, I thought so...

It's two weeks away. I'm sure you'll be fine by then.

I've had so many troubles with shoes. I just stick the one that I know won't cause me trouble.

Jo Lynn said...

Lucy is my favorite "girl" name. I've tried so hard to name one of my animals that. I've always lost.
I hope you love your Lucy as much as I love my Gary. ;)

Glenn Jones said...

That's classic "I hope I love Lucy!!" Ha ha!

Ouch! That toe tweak sounds painful! You're brave to try new shoes on a test basis. I'm not so sure I'd be so brave!

Like akaAlice says - you have two weeks. You've been around long enough that you know you won't lose fitness by taking it easy and letting your toe get better...

Anne said...

Do you think it was the shoes? I guess that's a pitfall of always wearing freebies; you have no idea if they are suited for your style of running or not (and, thus, you "test" them!) like you would if you were expert-selected at a running store. Hope the RICE works wonders for you.

RunningLaur said...

I hope it heals quickly for you! Sounds like you've taken all the precautions you can.

Evelyne said...

So sorry you were in pain. I always say we should listen to our bodies more. NOONE knows better than WE do! YAY for going on and doing Las Vegas anyway! You are such a trooper!

Lisa said...

Well, this gives you a great excuse to enjoy the race! And why can't you bring Lucy with you? Garmin's aren't only for fast running, you know...

Pink Granite said...

Ouch!!!
So glad you are feeling better!
The body is so intricate. I'm amazed how just a slight change in gait can domino throughout the body.
Have fun with Lucinda/Lucy!
;o)
- Lee

c said...

Love your Garmin's name!