The days are now being countdown on my fingers (of just one hand!) until Erie marathon. Since I’ve last blogged, I had a scare. My foot started to hurt! On Saturday I had a happy race day, and trip to the Fair. But that night, my arch and heel felt a little sore. Odd, because there was no reason for it and I’ve never had that pain before. Sunday it was there (no running). Monday it was gone (still no running, rest day). Tuesday morning it was back slightly again, but I ran my “5 easy miles”. No pain during my run, at least none that I remember, but after my run my foot was not feeling good at all! I’d say it was a 7 on the pain scale!
I iced it on Tuesday, took some Ibuprofen, and slept with a PF night splint, but sadly my heel was still sore this morning. It kept me awake last night thinking about if I had a stress fracture… and if I would even go to Erie… and what Alan would do… and I’d miss the Columbus half… Ugh. You see, the Erie marathon weekend is a well orchestrated weekend of the kids being shuttled to and fro by family members, and playdates, and XC meets, soccer games – all happening at the same time while we are in Erie!
Luckily I got an appointment with my sports Dr to check it out. I told him the story, and asked “so should I run the marathon?”. We looked at my history (stress fracture in the same heel 3 years ago), how often this has been happening, did a “hop test” and a few other things, and then he decided that one run would not be the end of it all – make sure I ice it and rest up after the race. Have my husband cater to my every whim (hahaha, are you reading this Alan?). If I’m hobbling around on it after the race for a week, we’d come up with a plan to get it better and see how long I had to rest it.
So, game on Erie marathon!! I think this sums it up….
Q: Are you a hypochondriac?
I swear I’m not, I just like to think of myself as “in tune with my body”!!
Q: What is your favorite race mantra?