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.
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.