I've come to that point in my training when you get an injury... and yes I've gotten one. This past weekend, on Sunday, I had my first 20 mile long run and, all things considered, it went pretty well. I was very sore Monday and having some pain in my left foot so I took it easy, just doing some light yoga to stretch myself out. Tuesday morning, the foot felt pretty good, twinged a little but, as any running obsessed person will tell you, not so much that it was going to stop me. So I ran 5 miles on a sore foot... boy that was a mistake. By mile 5, I was pretty much limping and the pain became too much for any running for the next few days.
At first, I thought it was my ankle that was in pain; maybe I had rolled it or strained it without noticing during my long run or maybe it was an old sprain coming back to haunt me. But the more I noticed where the pain was, the more I realized this was no ankle injury. The pain is actually below the ball of my ankle joint and above the base of my foot, a common injury for flat footed runners like me.
I'm generally a big advocate of listening to your what your body is telling you (even though I ignored all signs like an idiot with my Tuesday run) so I tried to take it pretty easy the rest of the week. No running, all low impact work, and lots of KT tape. I've even been icing my foot 10-15 minutes every hour at work. KT tape is probably the best thing ever invented. It's basically athletic tape but it stretches like a wrap to provide additional support and comfort. Plus, there are a ton of different ways to tape for different injuries. I'm thinking about trying it out on my knees to prevent the runner's knee I'll sometimes get.
Not being able to run in this rare but beautiful Cleveland weather has been the toughest. But after being so stupid about running on my foot on Tuesday, I don't want to make it any worse. Today and yesterday, I did some miles on the elliptical, which seemed to be okay on the foot... but now I absolutely loathe the elliptical. So not the same as logging some miles out in the sunshine. I also did a lot of low impact weight and strength work the past couple of days, trying my best to work my core.
This week was technically a step back week in my training plan so I'm hoping this adjusted training won't affect me on race day too much. I'm still a little scared to do a full run but my foot is feeling better every day so I'm going to play it by ear. Hopefully by the weekend, or next week at the latest I'll be pounding the pavement once again. For now, it's low impact cardio (like the dreaded elliptical or spinning), strength work, ice, elevation, and some good old KT tape.