One week ago today was the last time I ran.
Last Tuesday: Beautiful morning, clocking a great 10km, when about 2km from home my right foot just started to hurt. Not a niggly soreness, or a dull ache, a horrible shooting pain, right under the base of my fibula (lateral malleolus). I spent the day hobbling and R.I.C.E.ing when possible.
Wednesday: I still couldn’t really weight bear and I went into panic mode. What if I could never run again? Would I need surgery? What if they had to amputate? (I’m not a terribly rational person). Managed to do a one hour weight class at the gym. There was much icing, ibuprofening and tiger balming.
Thursday: I had calmed down somewhat. I was concerned about permanent damage and missing Around the Bay. More resting, massaging, etc.
Friday: I was still in pain and that just made me grumpy, if you don’t believe me, ask Dan I’m sure he can vouch for me.
Saturday: Things felt better, sort of. I was able to do some sewing and cross border shopping. I purchased two pairs of running shoes hoping my foot would get excited and stop hurting so we could test them out.
Sunday: I walked (still with a limp) to the gym, did one hour of weights and one of yoga/Pilates. Some of the yoga poses hurt so I stopped. Spent that night, well I bet you can guess.
Monday: I managed to pass people walking to work and I didn’t start to hobble until lunch time. Returned home to rest, ice, compress and elevate (with some tiger balm and ibuprofen thrown on for good measure).
This Tuesday: I woke up pain-free, but I was very cautious. Over tiger balmed before heading to work so I spent most of the morning wondering if I actually was getting a burn on my foot. After work I managed a 45 min bike ride, pain-free. The limp is gone. There is still some tenderness, but I think a bit of ice and tiger balm should clear that up.
So I’ve decided that I most likely will be able to keep the foot, I might even try go for a run. A short one, and if things are good (fingers crossed), just ease back into things, slowly. Because I don’t think I could handle another week like the last.