If you had known me back in my younger years this whole running thing would come as a surprise to you. It still surprises me. I believed that I was not, nor was I capable of becoming athletic. I sat on the bleachers during high school gym class because I refused to play football. I nearly failed my junior year for lack of gym participation. I managed to slide under the radar somehow and passed by the skin of my teeth because I told the male gym teacher I had really bad PMS cramps!
This injury is a real bummer, but don’t think for one minute I’m sitting here with a box a tissues whimpering Why Me when I have a marathon coming up in a couple of weeks. Running has taught me so many things and I’m not about to let those lessons fly right out the window because of an injury. Running has made me a stronger, more adaptable person. I will run again and there will be other marathons.
I think the most important thing you can do when you are injured is try to understand how the injury happened so you can avoid re-injury in the future. So how did this happen to my foot? Even without a definitive diagnosis I have reflected on my training this winter and the activities during the week of injury. I did a lot of my training indoors this winter. I have never trained for a late spring marathon and training outdoors in the frigid temperatures with ice and snow on the ground wasn’t possible. I ran a lot of my speed work and tempo runs on the treadmill. I also ran in the same running shoes I’ve had since before the Montreal Marathon in September. I bought a new pair, but stupidly only wore them a few times in the two weeks before the injury because I kept telling myself I would wait until I was outdoors more often. How silly! Three days before the injury I did P90X Plyometrics. I used to do this workout a lot, but hadn’t done it quite sometime. It involves a lot of jumping and dynamic moves. I can’t be sure, but it’s possible that a combination of overuse, speedy treadmill workouts, maybe landing the wrong way during Plyometrics and old shoes are what caused this foot injury.
I continue to do whatever I can to stay active without the risk of worsening my foot. Yesterday I joined the YMCA for a month mainly so I can use the pool to swim laps. I love swimming, always have. In fact I was actually a pretty decent swimmer back in the day. We used to spend summers at a local lake and I would be in the water from early morning to dusk. My mom was constantly yelling for me to swim closer to the dock, but I always managed to swim my way out towards the middle of the lake. Water has always been a source of peace for me. It was so refreshing and soothing to swim quietly for 45 minutes this morning after an extremely hectic night at work.
I will undoubtedly learn from this experience and take those lessons on the road with me when I start running again. Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder. A break from running always reminds me how much I love to run simply for the sake of running and not just a race. Although this swimming thing did get me thinking about what a triathlon might be like. I am a good swimmer and I know I can handle the running. Now I just have to get a bike. Orlando if you’re reading this Mother’s Day is on Sunday and there is still plenty of time to go to the bike shop!
Can you get a belt for pool running? I have multiple friends who’ve sustained injury, switched to pool running for weeks, did a few final days on the pavement, and then ran races. You should be able to find great pool running workouts online, speed work, intervals, etc. Just an idea. Obviously listen to your doc and your body, but it might work. I’m not a swimmer at all, but given your affinity for it, you should go for a tri at some point!
By the way, here is a good post I read about pool running that you might enjoy:
That’s awesome thank you so much!
One more link for you:
(thinking about you and hoping more articles will help with a faster recovery for you!)
Thank you so much. This is so helpful. I am really enjoying the water running.
It so stinks that you are injured, especially so close to your marathon! I think Carina has a great idea, pool running. It’s not the same, but you know, keeps the body doing what it does 🙂 I wish you a speedy recovery!
Reading your post over for the second time I continue to be amazed Aimee. You have such a positive attitude and I love when you say “running has made me a stronger, more adaptable person.” This one injury will not define your running career and by determining why you had the injury you will train smarter. I truly hope you are able to run your race because you love it so…but if not, I know you will love your next run just because you are able to do what you love. Wish we had more time to talk at work! We need to plan another get together!
I’m so sorry that you have to deal with an injury this close to your race!
Hopefully a little time off is all you need to recover!!!
Thank you so much Kim. I’m doing all I can!