Sometimes You Just Can’t Run Through the Pain

November 22, 2009 § 2 Comments

I set out to run 16 miles today. I got a good night’s sleep and I felt ready to go. Having survived my 15 mile run last week, 16 seemed a little less intimidating. It was cold this morning, but I dressed appropriately and headed out around 7 a.m.

It took a few miles for me to feel like my muscles were warmed up and my hands to thaw out a little, but I had a nagging pain in the side of my left foot, which I think was caused by wearing my new Nike Free shoes last weekend and a short run this week. Maybe I should have tried to wear my other shoes…but it was too late for that. Around mile 6 I could feel some shooting pains in my foot in the same place it was bothering me early on in the run, but I thought I could run through it. By mile 11, it hurt so much to run on that foot that I had to make a decision – do I continue to run, or do I call my husband to pick me up. Like most dedicated runners, I had to see if I could make it on my own, but I just couldn’t. I made it to 11.91 miles and stopped at a gas station to call Jake. The pay phone was cold, dirty and more expensive than I remember (it’s up to $0.50 nowadays), and I felt a wave of disappointment come over me as I dialed his number. If only I could make it 5 more miles; but I knew better.

Is that a bruise?

It’s 5 p.m. and I’ve been home for about 7 1/2 hours and I’m still limping around. As the day progressed I saw a mark start to appear on my foot near where the pain started on my left foot. By the time I woke up from a nap this afternoon to help my legs recover, I noticed that  it was bigger and darker. Is that a bruise? I’m not quite sure. All I know is that my left foot is sore, the blister on my right foot from last weekend is a little worse and my right leg (on top of being sore from running 12 miles) hurts from over compensating for my left. Hopefully, if I take care this week, I can heal and get back out there. There’s only two months left and I need to make sure I’m ready. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this week’s incident is no big deal.

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§ 2 Responses to Sometimes You Just Can’t Run Through the Pain

  • Joanna says:

    Perhaps something in the new shoes were just rubbing up against your foot the whole time. Did you check the inside to see what might have caused it? That stinks…I know you were excited about your new shoes. Maybe it’s just the part where you break in your shoes and after they will be perfect.

    Good luck on the healing process. I will keep my fingers crossed for you. 🙂

  • Jerrod says:

    That sucks Mandy… that does look like a surface rub since you experienced no trauma during the run. To bruise like that on the outside would require some tearing or spraining on the inside. You didn’t report any of that. I was a little disappointed when I hard that you bought the Nike Free – not a fan of those shoes at all, but I didn’t want to be a spoil-sport about them – you were too excited. Less shoe – those are hyped as less shoe but are not. Track shoe/racing flat…

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