About a month before the San Luis Obispo Marathon, I was having trouble with my left foot. I’m sure I blogged about it. It didn’t hurt when I ran, only when I walked. I was at the end of a fantastic training cycle using the Hanson plan, and knew I would run a 5:15 marathon. I was supremely confident. Except for the foot.
About a week before the marathon, I went to the doctor, because getting out of bed was difficult. Could barely walk at times. We did an X-Ray, which showed nothing, and he set me up for an MRI. Because I loathe this procedure, I put it off. He said he didn’t think I should run the marathon, and I dismissed him, because I was sure I knew my body, and it was ready.
I ran a full marathon. In my first race report, full of drama and self examination, I mentioned that everything hurt. Except my foot. Then last weekend, I ran a half marathon. For the first six miles, I was floating, and then I was limping by mile 10, but not because of my foot. My right knee.
*note: I am 53, and my last blood work showed that I have a vitamin D deficiency, thus prompting my doctor to make me take a bazillion tabs of vitamin D a day…so. I am aware.*
Since then, I’ve run a few times. 3 miles, 5 miles. Then, because I kept having this nagging pain, I thought I better get the MRI.
Yesterday the verdict came in: Stress Fracture in the Middle Cuneiform. Which, was like speaking Greek to me. The language I used privately cannot be repeated here, but I have certainly had a need to wash out my mouth. I am not happy, to say the least. However, now there is a reason my foot hurts. I finally found a diagram that makes sense, the one above, because the middle cuneiform is exactly where my foot aches.
The doctor called today. On Monday they will determine whether or not we have surgery or a boot or something else. She said to put no weight on it this weekend. Meanwhile, my gal pal over at ultrarunnergirl, sent me this website, because before I train again, I will be doing swimming, aqua jogging, and anything else except running. http://wellimtryingtorun.blogspot.com/
I lost my beautiful Princess, and ran a full marathon and half marathon on a stress fracture. Sort of like the perfect trifecta of bleakness. All running is on hold. Again, thanks to this wonderful community of runners who make me laugh, send me links, private message me support, and remind me that this is just a small blip in the journey.