An Injury Update & What Life is Like without Running

Last time I posted, I talked about my sore foot. At the time, I was confident that it was a fairly minor and very temporary situation that would be fixed with a few days off of running. I “rested” for 5 days and then ran an easy 5 miles with friends who were in town visiting. {By rested, I mean that I did yoga (not good for the foot), spin (not great for the foot, but not bad) and finally swimming (great for the foot!).}

During the test run, my foot was sore. It felt similar to how it did during the week that I ran on it after I first felt the pain in Miami: 2-3 on the pain scale and completely tolerable, but after the run it was super sore for 2 days.

I decided to go back to resting, this time promising myself a full week to 10 days off of running. The timing was good because I was also leaving for a European work trip, where the workload would be heavy and time to run would have been limited. When I got to Norway after flying all night, instead of my usual slog of a run (which is actually a really good way to cure jetlag), I went for a walk around the beautiful city of Bergen.

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Looking down on Bergen from the mountains that surround the city center. My foot was not happy with the walk up to get this view.

This would have been a great substitute…except my foot hurt. I cut the walk short and headed back to the hotel.

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This super cute row of colorful buildings was right next door to my hotel.

The next morning, after a great night’s sleep (<–this is important), I woke up to ride the stationary bike and do some strength work…but my foot hurt. Once again, I stopped almost immediately. So that night, without any decent exercise, my body decided that it didn’t want to sleep. And so the swim planned for the next morning didn’t happen and again, without any exercise, this cycle repeated itself for THREE days. By Thursday, not shockingly, I got sick. And well, I guess the universe really knows what the hell it is doing, because then I rested. Like completely fully rested with the most activity being the 100 yard walk from the elevator to my hotel room every night.

And while I felt like crap, because no exercise + no sleep meant no appetite and just general sluggishness, my foot was feeling pretty good. But on the 9th day in a row with no running, (7 of those days with complete rest), my foot started hurting again. I traveled home in the same boots I had worn over with no problems, but for some reason, they killed my foot this time. The next day (yesterday), my foot was sore just walking around the house and standing and felt like it did the first weekend it started hurting.

So now, back at square one, I have a doctor’s appointment at The Running Institute tomorrow. The doctors there are foot and ankle specialists and, (obviously by the name), they specialize in seeing runners. I am super disappointed and frustrated, but hopeful that I can get some answers and direction on treatment from real doctors that don’t have Google behind their credentials.

I have always known what an important role running and/or exercise in general plays in my life, but I am not sure that I could have anticipated just how much of an impact it would have on my body when it was taken away. In the past, my ability to flip time zones when I travel internationally was on point and I never could empathize with coworkers who suffered badly from jetlag. I always just assumed that it was because I like to sleep and can sleep almost anywhere that I did so well. But after this week, I am starting to believe that my just-off-the-plane runs and forcing myself into a schedule by getting up early to run before work has more to do with it than I thought. And the trickle down of it all affected my appetite and, um, (TMI alert) bathroom-related things. Now that I am back home, I have settled back into a normal sleep pattern (if you call 10+ hours a night normal…catching up) and have been able to swim a couple of times and voila! all is right with my body again.

I hope everyone else is feeling good, sleeping good and getting ready for some Turkey Day miles! I didn’t have a Turkey Trot planned this year, but will still be sad not to join the family for some miles around the neighborhood Thursday morning.

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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8 Responses to An Injury Update & What Life is Like without Running

  1. Victoria says:

    Fingers crossed that you get good news from the doctor, or at least a solid treatment plan that has you running healthy again soon.

  2. Bummer about the foot still hurting. I go to the Running Institute regularly! Dr Chin is really great. Always explains things thoroughly, and doesn’t dumb anything down. And he’s very sympathetic to our need to run.

  3. I’m so sorry, Corey! Injuries are the worst, but they really do have a way of making you appreciate what running gives you when you’re healthy. Your observations of traveling internationally while not being able to run and get in a familiar rhythm were interesting. It’s great that you have sports docs who specialize in running that you can see – I hate seeing doctors for injuries unless they are runners or “get” athletes. Good luck!

  4. ErinAMG says:

    I’ve heard fantastic things about TRI. And I totally hear ya about the trickle-down effect…I think my GI system only works 100% if I’ve exercised in the past 24 hours! Hope the appointment goes well. Thinking of you.

  5. gahhh that is annoying, i hate the nagging pains. That is kind of what i’m dealing with on my knee. technically I’m running, but it’s been painful since the flare up early this summer

  6. Whenever I read your weekly training recaps that included a travel week, I was astounded at how easily you were able to travel and maintain your running schedule. I never would’ve guessed time off would’ve made the time zone adjustment harder!
    I’m sorry you’re having foot pain 😦 On the plus side, thank goodness this is happening after your fall marathon. Though it never feels good to be forced to rest. I hope the doctor’s appointment gave you a good jumping off point to get it healed.

  7. erin says:

    Behind on blogs, so maybe you’ve updated, but all my fingers are crossed everything’s ok! I totally can relate after wearing a boot all of last winter.

    Super jealous of your Norway trip! Being half Norwegian, it’s a top destination on my list 🙂 Beautiful!

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