Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Excuse my french . . .


My thoughts every day over the past several days.

I am going to my orthopedist tomorrow afternoon. I have repeated a mistake that I have done in the past. I have increased my mileage too much too quickly while prepping for Portland Marathon and now all is at risk. I noticed the twinge in my foot after my pseudo 20 miler two Saturdays ago. The pain is very definitive and there is no doubt about it. It is not just some vague, general thing. No, this hurts.

It has been diagnosed in the past as tendonitis and it has always been after too many miles too quickly. I know that I need to do the slow mileage buildup like I did for Cincinnati but I really thought I'd be okay. I'm hoping that I can get a cortisone injection. It has worked nicely in the past . . . . read the following off a tendonitis website:

If the symptoms of tendonitis are persistent, an injection of cortisone may be considered. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, but instead of being given by mouth, it is injected directly to the site of inflammation. This can be extremely helpful for situations that are not improved with rest.

I have not run since Saturday and I've been icing it. The pain starts in the big tendon on top of the foot that turns up in front of the ankle onto the shin. You know the two big tendons on the front of your foot? The ones that make the V? Yep . . . . one is swollen and hurting. The pain goes all the way down to my big toe and my whole foot is swollen. Painful to put a shoe on. I would include a picture of my foot (like Amy does) but my feet are just too ugly to do that.

As much as I don't want to, I will let Dr Gregg Carr tell me GO or NO-GO for the marathon which is less than 3 weeks away. This really drives me nuts but I know that it is the right thing to do. I'm not going to run until I see the Dr. I am still planning on running Rocket City in Huntsville in 13 weeks and I would rather skip Portland, rest up, and not risk Rocket City.

BTW . . . I did run last Thursday and I also did a 14.4 miler on Saturday. Chip ran about 10 miles with me on Saturday and we ran a nice normal pace. 14.4 miles in 2:09:30 . . . that works out to a 9 minute pace (or 8.9930556 pace for you anal engineering types).


Phil said...

Ouch! Sorry to hear that you got hurt. We all know better than to increase mileage too fast, but we all do it. Some times we can get away with it.

Good idea on the ice ... keep it going. You might also want to think about an alternative to running that won't hurt the foot (don't know if an elipticle trainer would be any better). You've got yourself in great shape. I'd hate to see you loose the general level of fitness because of this injury.

You've still got a chance to have a nice run in Portland, but you need to stay fit.


DawnB said...

sorry to hear you are hurt. You are taking all the right precautions. Secretly I'm hoping for a go. Just a few days ago you were worried about the flu. I'll keep my fingers crossed.