Most of you are probably well aware of the fact that back on July 10th, I went for a 3-ish mile easy paced run and had some calf pain in my right leg. But, if you’re not — it’s been a whirlwind! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately.
I shook off the pain from that run on the 10th and assumed it was my shoes because they were nearing the point I typically retire them. I wore a different pair of shoes and ran 7 the next day and the pain was there for most of the run. I ran one more time for 3 painful miles on the 13th and that was when I pulled the plug on running. I had the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 10k on the 22nd, so I didn’t run for 9 days and then ran the race. I felt fine…no issues, other than obviously being fatigued.
I thought I was ok, so started running again on July 25th and began my Grand Rapids Half Marathon training. I had a great strong week! But when the next week began, I knew something wasn’t right again. I ran 4 miles on August 1st, and decided to go on a running break again.
I went to an Orthopedic & Sports Medicine office on August 3rd and had an X-ray, which showed nothing. They suggested I don’t run for 4 weeks, and then at the end of the 4 weeks to go run 1-2 miles and see how I felt. If it hurt still, then they wanted me to call back for an MRI.
Part way into my running break, I had an epiphany. I was sleeping on my stomach with one leg crossed over the other. When I moved, that spot on my leg was SO tender. I could barely touch it without flinching in pain. I thought, “OH my gosh! This is a sleeping injury??”. I thought back to what my dad said to me one time about figuring out his knee pain was from tucking his ankles under his chair at work. So I figured, this sleeping injury idea – as silly as it sounds – could actually be a possibility! I started sleeping with a pillow between my legs and just tried to be more cautious of my posture at all times, and I continued with the physical therapy exercises and stretches they gave me.
After about 2.5 weeks of not running and the pain being gone in my daily life, I decided to try running a mile on August 18th. It was one of those rainbow and butterflies kinds of experiences. I was SO happy! A pain free run! I decided to continue running 3x a week and increasing slowly. Most every run during this time was difficult. I struggled with breathing. I struggled with leg turn over. But, I did have a few runs that I was really happy with my progress on…I was beginning to get excited for my next sub-2 Half attempt!
I called and had my MRI put on hold.
After 4 weeks, I was up to 5.25 miles and then BAM! The pain had returned on September 17th. I had just recently gotten bad about remembering to do my PT, so I wasn’t too worried. I thought, I’ll just start doing them again and I’ll be ok. Ya’ll know I’m an impatient person, so I don’t know why I thought a few days later I’d be good to go again haha…but I ran again the 19th and it was bad most of the run (despite the smile on my face), and I had some new pain on the top of my right foot.
I was and am absolutely devastated! That may sound dramatic, but this up and down of emotions has had me feeling SO much. Just as I thought I was in the clear, I felt like I had the rug pulled out from under me again. It’s been terribly frustrating.
So I’m back at square one after dealing with this on/off again for 10 weeks. I honestly don’t know what I should do. I don’t know how long I should be on this running break. I don’t know how I should return. All I know is I paid $$$$$$$$$ for two races in Disney World in January and it will break my heart if I can’t do them. I will no matter what do the 5k, even if I have to walk the entire thing. But that half…man I had high hopes for it and I have no idea what’s going to happen there. I still have 16 weeks, so I’m hoping for a miracle to get me there — even if that means walking a lot instead of going for that sub-2 I was working towards.
Just have to focus on healing and trying my best to stay positive in this. I’m continuing with my strength training routine, and I have my fingers crossed for trying to bike again soon and see how my leg does with that.
Until next time…