Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sidelined




An injury has kept me from running for the past four days, the first time this has ever happened. It will also be the first time I can't make it to the starting line of a race due to an injury. I guess us runners all have to face something like this at least once in our running lives.

This sucks. I would rather be on the road and sweating it out through a 10 kilometer run early in the morning than on a lounging chair worrying about the persistent pain in my right foot. But it has been like that since Wednesday this week.

I went for a run Tuesday, doing fartleks and some hills on a 12k route. Everything was going fine until the last downhill curve which was quite steeply banked. I didn't twist my ankle, but it was likely that my right foot hit the banked pavement in some awkward kind of way so that on the uphill surge going to the kilometer marker, I began feeling the pain, apparently from a pinched nerve. The pain became more pronounced on the last kilometer and had me limping through a slog home.

I had a chiropractor work on my feet twice. But the slight swelling and the pain persisted. The morning after the visits to the chiropractor, I tried to see if I could run. I can't. The pain in my right foot whenever it hit the pavement was too much. I would say now that I was in denial. Friends already had me registered for the 17k Philhealth Run in Koronadal on Febuary 5. I already had my race number and singlet. I have no plans of missing this one.  It can't really be that bad. I should be able to run at least by Friday. Reality told me otherwise.

This morning, I went to an acupuncture clinic and finally informed my friends who sponsored my registration that I just couldn't make it to the starting line in Koronadal. My right foot needs time to rest and heal. It's definitely frustrating not being able to race. I had put so much in training for a good finish. But things like this are part of our sport, and we just have to learn to live with them when they come.

Last night, I saw a tweet by American marathoner and US 50K record holder Josh Cox that said:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept when I cannot run; the courage to run when I can; & the wisdom to know the difference. #runnersprayer"

That is my prayer today.

Stubborn runner cartoon from Marathon Sweetheart

3 comments:

Indy said...

Thanks for sharing your injury story!

I had a similar unfortunate experience during today morning's run and felt really bad for myself... I was crossing a curved zebra crossing and stumbled on the pavement stone wall with my right foot getting hurt... no swelling or redness and all toes still move...

I just cannot put weight on the foot while walking or arc my foot to land on the ball of my right foot...

I have a run coming up on the 25th of the month and not sure now if I will be healed to go run that one...

Quick questions -
- How long did it take for your injury to fix itself?
- Did you try ice, compression and other exercises to speed up the process?
- Anything else that worked for you?

Caloy Bautista said...

My doctor put my injured foot in a cast. That meant no running for an entire month. He also gave me calcium supplements. I had to keep away from running for another month after the cast was removed.

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