Friday, February 7, 2014

i'm doing the smart thing

last september, i injured my foot during my peak race. i was pretty heart broken. three weeks later, i struggled to get through another race, my foot being fickle. 

i went into physical therapy.

i took about two months off of a training schedule.

i tried to change my running stride.

i went in for an orthotics consultation and had temporary inserts to use.

nearly 5 months since the initial injury, nothing has improved. so i'm finally giving in and going to a doctor. i probably should have done this in the very beginning of this mess, instead going right to pt... but sometimes we don't make the right decisions.

of course, i'm in full on anxiety mode only two weeks out from a big race and now i'm going to a doctor and who knows what they might tell me about the state of my foot and what it means for running.

but at least, i hope, i will finally have answers. and at least maybe then i will have a treatment plan that will enable me to run pain free. 

here's hoping for the best!




11 comments:

  1. Good Luck! I hope it's something that's treatable! Fingers crossed that this makes everything better!

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    1. Thank you! Treatable and fast would be lovely :)

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  2. I hope you get good news Alicia! Have you ever taken a week or two off to see if that helps? I was resistant to it, but every time I rest 1-2 weeks, I usually heal up better than continuing to run. You have the cardio to rest now and still do good for PHM! I hope you get some answers.

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    1. I actually took this week off! Not sure if it was a smart thing, with the race two weeks away.. basically skipped out on my longest run, so we'll see! I hope I get some answers, too. Not knowing whats going on is probably worse than an injury itself!

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  3. My fingers are crossed for you - I hope you get good news from your doctor and that he/she is able to help you find a solution for your injury!

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  4. Will be thinking about you- after I had the injured IT band last year and the sprained foot to start off this year it has been a rough road so I definitely feel your pain- and while I am a lot slower runner than you- I have learned that my slowness is probably good for ME :)

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    1. I think slowness is good for healing! I hope you are doing better - double whammy for you :( Once spring is here, I'm sure we'll both be feeling better! Thanks for the sweet thoughts!

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  5. Here's to hoping it's nothing too bad :( that's no fun, that's for sure! I hope things work out in your favor! Isn't it weird how something can be so problematic even though you've done everything you think you can?!

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    1. It is weird. Its like no matter what I've tried, nothing helps! Oy.

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  6. UGH injuries. I feel ya right now (even though I'm 2 months in, not 5.) I've opted out of my next 2 half marathons at this point and I can only run short, but at least I can run, right!?

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