Friday, March 01, 2013

THIS.

So, on Wednesday during my run, one of the weird things I felt, and dismissed, was a strange sensation on the arch of my right foot. I didn't know what to make of it, and by now I am pretty used to my body feeling a little off, so I dismissed it. By Thursday night my foot was in some pretty good pain. As my husband was so graciously rubbing my foot for me he noticed a small bruise on my arch. 

I googled the crap out of things like "plantar fasciitis" and " plantar fascia rupture" and wasn't sure if that was what I was experiencing or not. I didn't have any heel pain, and it didn't hurt in the morning, so that seemed to rule out the former. It also didn't "pop" like a rupture would have, ruling out the latter.

This morning I decided I should check in with my podiatrist, seeing as how the weekend was coming up and, of course, I was planning to run. They had me come and in checked it out and diagnosed me with a partial plantar fascia tear. Yay.

Say hello to my new buddy:


I managed to escape a boot when I had a stress fracture, but not this time. My doctor thought it was going to be the most effective and the fastest way to heel my plantar fascia. I go back in two weeks for a follow up.

And you guys, my podiatrist said aloud what I have secretly wondered over the last few months: maybe my body wasn't meant to run. 

I am going to cry. 

I started running 17 months ago. In that time I have had:

*shin splints (went away)
*piriformis syndrome (short lived, went away)
*hamstring pain (been there for over a year)
*ITBS (been there for nine months)
*stress fracture in left foot (pretty much healed)
*partial plantar fascia tear (current)

I don't think a runner with this few miles on her legs should be this broken. I have logged under 1000 miles total since I became a runner. 

It does beg the question, are some people's bodies, i.e. mine, just not made for running? Are we not all "born to run", as the book would suggest? 




11 comments:

  1. OH NO!!!!! I'm so very sorry Sybil. Hopefully it will get healed up before the summer hiking/outdoor play season is in full swing.

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    1. Thanks Alma, I am hoping the same thing. I just want to run the RnR half!

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  2. I cannot run any distance. I can do slow and steady, like walking. I can do sprints/bursts of activity. I can climb stiars. I cannot run without injury after injury. I play frisbee, have played soccer, lift weights, hike... but no distance runs or training.

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    1. Thanks Anon. Good to know it's not unheard of!

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  3. Damn. That just sucks. PF is no fun at all, nor is that boot. As much as I would love to say, "Not true! We were ALL born to run!"... my experience with running distances has been similar to yours. I love running. It makes me happy like no other form of exercise (except maybe skiing, but that's another story) but I have had to learn and relearn this lesson since I was a teenager-- some bodies are not meant for distance running. I can sprint with the best of them, and I can run intervals with the best of them, but each and every time I have trained for longer runs, I have dealt with new and recurrent injuries. PF, two knee injuries, tendonitis in my ankles, etc. The last ortho I went to for my second bad knee basically said, "you can't do it all. If you want to keep training in the gym, then you can't run 5 days a week. And vise versa." Basically he said some people only have so much mileage in them and it's best to use it wisely. So, that's my experience. I have cut back severely on mileage and have diversified my sports, to lessen the impact on the issues that running distances aggravate time and time again.

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    1. Thanks Blair. I am thinking more and more that is what I going to have to do, but dammit, I want to run a marathon so badly :(

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  4. I am so sad for you. I can "hear" your frustration. I hope you can find some answers.

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  5. Thanks Kerrie. I am beyond frustrated. Hopefully I can find a medical professional who can actually help me sort this all out.

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  6. I know, I totally understand and have totally been in your shoes (no pun intended). It who's to say it's not in the cards for you... but my only suggestion would be to gradually open your mind to other things that you might learn to love too. I speak from experience, you never know what passion you might find :)

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  7. Hey Sybil - I commented on this post the other day from my phone...I guess it never made it! I was SO sad to see this. You are my favorite runner and I know how much you love it. I love how much you love it! I think your persistence will pay off. Eventually you will have made it through every possible issue and it will be smooth sailing, right?! :) I really have no advice just a big hug and hope for your recovery and admiration for your drive. xx

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    1. I hate that! It's why I am a terrible blog commenter, I read 99% of the time from my phone and it is hard to comment that way. But thank you, Stephanie. I appreciate your kind words!

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